LARNED - Jewell H. Wood Graf, 90, died Dec. 27 at the Larned Healthcare Center. Born Aug. 10, 1922, in Augusta, she was the daughter of Bryan and Janey Lackey Chance. On Oct. 30, 1944, she married Albert Wood at Tonopah, Nev. He died on July 26, 1978. In Nov. 1994 she married Edwin Graf. He died Aug. 19, 2010. She was a homemaker.
Gladys Rosalie Woodrow, 93, died Dec. 27 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Nov. 30, 1919, at Great Bend, the daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Minnie Evangaline (Mead) McMullen. She married Woodrow Wilson Woodrow on Oct. 29, 1938, in Russell. They were later divorced, but remained very close.
HUTCHINSON - Jacqueline Elaine Bliss, 84, died Dec. 26 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. She was born Aug. 11, 1928, in Hamilton, the daughter of John Henry and Violet Georgia (Guffey) Rush. On June 23, 1945, she married Wayne A. Bliss in Inman. He died Sept. 22, 1998. She was a resident of Great Bend from 1952 until moving to Hutchinson in 1986. She was a homemaker and a foster parent for South Hutchinson Elementary School.
ELLINWOOD - William N. (Bill) Johnson, 81, died Dec. 19 at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Dec. 11, 1931 in Winfield, he was the son of Dee Johnson and Juanita M. Ermey Johnson. On Feb. 19, 1954 he married Joan Hauser in Las Cruces, N.M. She died on Aug. 25, 1991. A long-time resident of Ellinwood, formerly of Ark City, he was a Division Engineer at Marlette Homes and service station manager at Bird Oil Company, both of Great Bend.
BURDETT- Leora Lou Steffen, 81, left this world on December 23, at Larned Healthcare Center. Born Sept. 30, 1931 in Larned, she was the daughter of Eldon S. and Luella Marie Bauer Lynam. On Aug. 13, 1950, she married Cecil Raymond Steffen in Burdett. He died on Aug. 16, 2011. A longtime resident of Burdett, she was a homemaker.
Connie Sue Starks, 50, died Dec. 22 at her home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 7, 1962 in Hays, she was the daughter of Gene and Beatrice (Southerland) Parks. On June 10, 1984 she married Terry Starks in Hutchinson. A resident of Great Bend for 19 years, coming from Hutchinson, she was a homemaker.
Terri Lynn McCord, 54, died Dec. 23 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 20, 1958 in Memphis, Tenn., she was the daughter of William and Barbara Donaldson. On Aug. 27, 1976 she married Larry McCord in Salem, Ark. A resident of Great Bend since 1983, coming from Ash Flat, Ark., she was a homemaker and Early Childhood Special Education Para and bus driver for Unified School District #428 in Great Bend.
Verlie Eugene "Tex" Marymee, 92, died Dec. 19 at Leisure Homestead in St. John. Born Nov. 7, 1920, in Larned, he was the son of Roy Wallace and Ruby Marie (Grizzle) Marymee. On March 1, 1942, he married Dorothy Kruckenberg in Las Vegas, N.M. She died on Sept. 10, 1978. He then married Ruth L. (Carpenter) Burton on April 4, 1987, in Willits, Calif. She died on Oct. 4, 2003. A resident of Great Bend since 1989, coming from Reno, Nev., he worked for the Police and Fire Departments in Julesburg, Colo. He was known as "Tex the Clown ...
Phyllis Jean Rainbolt, 85, died Dec. 21 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Aug. 21, 1927 at Nakoma, the daughter of Fred Clarence and Mable Margarette Merrell Caldwell. She was a resident of Great Bend for 20 years, formerly of Rozel.
Brenda Ann Barger, 58, died June 25, 2015, at her home in Great Bend. She was born Sept. 17, 1956, at Salina, to Bob Bruce and Beverly Ann (Holdren) Burgard. She married Steve Barger Nov. 21, 1992, at Great Bend. A Great Bend resident since 1979, coming from Salina, she was a homemaker and foster mother.
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - David Wayne Bowman, 55, died June 24, 2015, at Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence, Missouri. He was born Oct. 13, 1959, at Larned, to Howard and Carole (Unruh) Bowman. He was a 1977 graduate of Macksville High School and graduated from Barton County Community College, Emporia State University and the University of Kansas. A longtime Kansas City area resident, he was a custodian for the Lee's Summit School District.
OTIS - Connie Lynne (Hoch) Hoopingarner, 72, passed away on June 22, 2015, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born on Aug. 24, 1942, she was the daughter of O.C. ('Poss') and Esther (Keenan) Hoch. In 1960, she graduated from Hoisington High School and went on to earn her Dental Hygiene Degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She worked as a Dental Hygienist until her retirement in 2002. On Feb. 29, 1964, she married Larry Dwight Hoopingarner in Las Vegas, Nev. They made their home in Manter.
Hugh Robert "Bud" Steadman, 90, died June 21, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born May 23, 1925, in Great Bend, he was the son of Frank M. and Blanche Marie (Sterling) Steadman. On July 14, 1946, he married Delores June Schenkel in Bazine. She died on April 28, 2015. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was an engineering technician for Evans, Bierly and Hutchison.
MCKINNEY, Texas - Kimberly Dawn Burkhart died at her home in McKinney, Texas, on May 13, 2015. Born April 4, 1969, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Cliff and Barbara Burkhart. She was employed by American Airlines as an International flight attendant. She served as an MP in the United States Army and was active in Desert Storm.