Jerry Pierson, 75, died Nov. 20 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Nov. 23, 1935 in Bean Lake, Mo., he was the son of C.W. and Priscilla (Rupe) Pierson. On April 17, 1993 he married Lois (Smith) Becker in Great Bend. A resident of the Barton County area for 40 years, he was a long time employee of Murray Casing Crews. He was an avid hunter, who loved his family, guns, classic Mopars and gardening. He was also known to be an extreme "do-it-yourselfer".
HOISINGTON - Richard K. McGinnis, 84, died Nov. 20 at his residence in Hoisington. Born Sept. 10, 1927 in rural Barton County, he was the son of Edman E. and Lena Gray (Ruble) McGinnis. In October 1953, he married Shirley L. Trauer at Sylvia. A resident of Hoisington since 1953, he was a grader/maintenance operator for Eureka Township and a heavy equipment operator for the State of Kansas and Prosser Dirt Construction. He loved hunting, especially pheasants and quail.
LENEXA - Tom Karlin, 17, of Lenexa, our loving son and brother, passed away Saturday, November 5, 2011.
SALINA - Darlene C. Wilhelm-Shuey, 72 of Salina passed away Nov. 18, 2011.
LAWRENCE - Andrew Rodgman, 26, of Lawrence died Nov. 16, 2011.
GREAT BEND - Gladys L. Cripe, 86, died November 17, 2011 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend.
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. - Joseph Henry Kimpler, III, of Libertyville, Ill., left this earth and took the fast track to heaven on Nov. 12, in Great Bend. He was celebrating the 20th annual family pheasant hunting trip when he suffered a fatal heart attack. There he was reunited with beloved wife, Margaret, and Jesus Christ, his Savior. "Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from god, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands" (2 Corinthians 5:1).
WILSON - Alice Elizabeth (Zeman) Homeier passed away Nov. 18, 2011.
FORT WORTH, Texas - The Lord called Engle Scott, a retired U.S. Army colonel, home on Nov. 14, 2011. Engle Wayne Scott was born in Larned, on Jan. 20, 1937, the youngest of eight children of Silvey West Scott and Dixie Shumate Scott. Until the age of 5, he lived in Ash Valley, where his father was a grain elevator and feed store manager. During World War II, his family moved to Great Bend, where he graduated from high school in 1955. He attended Kansas State University where he met and married Miss Judith Ann Higgins on Aug. 31, 1958 ...
DODGE CITY - William "Bill" Richard Setzkorn, 91, died Nov. 16, 2011 at the Hodgeman County Longterm Care Center, in Jetmore.
CHASE - Linda R. Gilmore, 68, of Chase, died Nov. 17, 2011 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington.
HOISINGTON - Lyle E. Stout, 75, died Nov. 15, 2011 in Hoisington.
Doris A. Starkey, 92, died Wednesday at Ellinwood District Hospital. Survivors and arrangements will be announced by Kimple Funeral Home in Ellinwood.
RUSH CENTER - Ray L. "Pete" Keener, 75, died Nov. 15, 2011 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Kathleen Kimpler, 85, died Nov. 15 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born July 8, 1926 in Ellinwood, she was the daughter of George Peter and Mary Ann (Kramer) Kimpler. A resident of Great bend since 1975, coming from Ellinwood, she was a principal and teacher in the Wichita and Dodge City Diocese Catholic Schools for 34 years.
Lenora Marie Ochs, 97, died Feb. 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born July 21, 1916, in rural Otis, she was the daughter of Fred and Julia (Schlegel) Stieben. On Oct. 6, 1935 she married Clarence Everett Ochs in Otis. He died on May 7, 1994. A Great Bend resident since 1978, coming from Otis, she was a part-owner, bookkeeper and parts lady at Ochs, Inc., until retirement.
LARNED - Ellen Nadine Bittner, 81, died Feb. 23, 2014 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Oct. 22, 1932, at Alton, Missouri, the daughter of Claude and Esther Barton Strain. A resident of the Great Bend formerly of Larned, she was a retired nurses aide at Gleason Hospital in Larned. She was of the Christian faith.