Betty J. Lawson, 86, died Jan. 8 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned. She was born Oct. 18, 1927, at Earlsboro, Okla., the daughter of Frank and Bernice (Barker) Malone. She married Jimmy Edward Lawson Sept. 29, 1955, at Seminole, Okla. He died Oct. 2, 2005. A Great Bend resident since 1956, coming from Seminole, Okla., she was a homemaker. She also resided in El Dorado.
DORRANCE - Melvin Edward Meier, 84, of Dorrance, died Jan. 08 at the Salina Regional Hospital in Salina. He was born on May 12, 1929, in rural Dorrance. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Julie Ann Westhoff, 47, of Phoenix, Ariz., passed away Dec. 26, 2013 in Phoenix, Ariz. Julie was born on Oct. 16, 1966, in Hays, the daughter of Earl and Carolyn Westhoff. She lived and worked in Phoenix, Ariz.
GENESEO - Franklin Dean Gustus, 80, died Jan. 7 at Sandstone Heights Nursing Home, Little River. He was born July 17, 1933 at Geneseo, the son of Cyril and Olive Roby Gustus. He was a lifetime Geneseo resident.
ELLINWOOD - Cheryl L. Whiting, 52, died Jan. 5 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Feb. 6, 1961, she was the daughter of Robert C. and Janice (Luft) Brandt. On Nov. 11, 1978, she married Terry C. Whiting in Great Bend. He died Sept. 5, 2010. A resident of Ellinwood since 1978, coming from Great Bend, she was a homemaker.
LARNED – Lawrence Schneck Jr., 83, died Jan. 3, in Wichita. Born Oct. 7, 1930, in Larned, he was the son of Lawrence I. and Lydia Schultz Schneck. On Aug. 18, 1949, he married Janice H. Younkin. She predeceased him in 2012. He was a farmer for more than 40 years.
HAYS - Vickie J. Cole, 67, passed away Jan. 2, at Hays Medical Center. Born May 12, 1946, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Donald A. and Dorothy (Rinker) Bowsher Sr. On July 3, 1966, she married Tom O. Cole in Great Bend.
ANDOVER - Ernest "E.B."Shawver II, 88, loving husband and father, World War II Army veteran, rancher, oilman, philanthropist and conservationist, passed away on Jan. 1 at his home. Born on May 6, 1925, in Wichita, he was the son of Ernest Blaine and Stella Mae (Barr) Shawver. E.B. married Bettie (Cocking) Cordes in 1946 and they were later divorced. He married Virginia (Ferrell) Oetken on June 13, 1986 in Butler County.