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​Wendale E. McAllaster, M.D. 1924 - 2015

Wendale E. McAllaster, M. D., F. A. C. S., 90, died Oct. 18, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Oct. 23, 1924, at Greeley County, the son of Rollin Marquis and Edna Pearl (Stahley) McAllaster.

October 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Marvin J. Dumler 1921 - 2015

RUSSELL - Marvin J. Dumler died Oct. 5, 2015. Born Sept. 7, 1921, in rural Russell County, he was the son of Jacob and Lydia Dumler. He attended Valparaiso University in Indiana where he earned his BA in education in 1943. He then signed up for officers' training school at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in the Chicago area.

October 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


Sister Rosalia Govert OP

GREAT BEND - Sister Rosalia Govert, 100, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary, Great Bend.

October 17, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Jared Paul Langston 1979 - 2015

HOLYROOD - Jared Paul Langston, 35, returned to his heavenly home Oct. 13, 2015, passing away in Weld County, Colorado. He was born Oct. 29, 1979, at Great Bend, the son of Roger and Joyce (Bauvso) Langston.

October 16, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Robert Alan Jordan Sr.

WICHITA - Robert Alan Jordan Sr., 85, died on Oct. 10, 2015, at Via Christi Villages in Wichita. Born near Claflin, he was the son of Elmer Charles and Georgia Martha (Houska) Jordan. He grew up in Gypsum and was a resident of Great Bend most of his life. On Sept. 3, 1949, he married Elda Jean (Clothier) Jordan in Wichita. He was employed by the Electric Company as storeroom keeper and then the director of purchasing.

October 16, 2015 | | Obituaries


Charles Wesley Calp 1948 - 2015

SUSANK - Charles Wesley "Charley" Calp, 67, died Oct. 13, 2015, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He was born May 25, 1948, in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Austin and Lillian (Tuzicka) Calp.

October 16, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Leonard A. Finger 1922 - 2015

LARNED - Leonard A. Finger, 93, passed away Oct. 15, 2015, at his home in Larned. Born Aug. 1, 1922, in Odin, he was the son of Francis J. and Clara C. Demel Finger. A lifetime area resident, he was an irrigation farmer and a ewe flock producer. On May 11, 1948, he married Agnes Ann Vondracek, at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Timken, in a double wedding ceremony with his brother Marvin Finger and Agnes's cousin Helen Pechanec.

October 16, 2015 | | Obituaries


Benjamin “Ben” Jesse Bates 1973 - 2015

LYONS - Benjamin "Ben" Jesse Bates, 41, died Oct. 13, 2015, at Weld County, Colorado. He was born Nov. 13, 1973, at Powell, Wyoming, the son of Steven and Mary Walters Bates. He graduated from Teton High School in 1992, and then graduated from Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho with a Construction Management degree. He married Angela "Angie" Leigh Barnard on May 2, 1997, at Salt Lake City, Utah. A Lyons since 2008, formerly of Driggs, Idaho, he was owner-president of WestCrete-Concrete.

October 15, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Barbara L. Watson 1931 - 2015

ST. JOHN - Barbara L. Watson was born on Feb, 6, 1931, in Seymour, Mo., to Rudy and Rachel Schroeder and gained her heavenly wings on Oct. 9, 2015. Barbara graduated from Seymour High School in 1948 and married Herman Watson on May 23, 1948. A short time later they moved to St. John to make their home. On June 22, 1953, Barbara welcomed her first son, Rudy. A child with physical disabilities, Rudy brought so much joy into her life. Two years later on June 22, a second son, Randy, was born. A third son, Rex, was added to the ...

October 12, 2015 | | Obituaries


Shirley A. Heaton 1936 - 2015

ELLINWOOD - Shirley A. Heaton, 79, passed away at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood on Oct. 12, 2015. Born Sept. 25, 1936, in Ronan, Mont., she was the daughter of Archie E. Berry and Alice (Frazier) Bader. She worked as a homemaker, drove a school bus, and was a cook for the hospital in Lakin. She loved to play bingo and cards.

October 12, 2015 | | Obituaries


Betty Jane Welch Gruber 1926 - 2015

NORMAN, Okla. - Betty Jane Welch Gruber died Oct. 7, 2015, at her home in Norman. She was born Jan. 27, 1926, to Elmer and Inez Jane (Jackson) Welch. She married Arthur Carroll Gruber in Hoisington, on Nov. 22, 1944. They lived all over the world, with Art's work taking them to Kansas, Arkansas, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma and Wyoming; Venezuela and South America; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Tokyo, Japan; and Cairo, Egypt. They retired in Norman, Okla., to be near their children.

October 10, 2015 | | Obituaries


​William “Wild Bill” Vsetecka 1926 - 2015

William "Wild Bill" Vsetecka, 89, died Oct. 10, 2015, at Ellinwood District Hospital in Ellinwood. He was born April 9, 1926, at Timken, the son of Emil and Amilia Vsetecka. He married Dolores J. Vsetecka Aug. 29, 1951, at Great Bend. She died Aug. 8, 1998. A longtime Great Bend resident, William was a truck driver for Graves Truckline, until retirement.

October 10, 2015 | | Obituaries


Dorothy E. Kerschen 1924 - 2015

Dorothy E. Kerschen, 91, died Oct. 9, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Feb. 6, 1924, at Willowdale, the daughter of Rudolph and Tillie (Pillar) Harbert. She married Wilferd J. Kerschen on Nov. 24, 1947, at Kingman. He died July 9, 1977.

October 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Dorothy Donnelly 1927 - 2015

Dorothy (Dottie Carol) Donnelly died peacefully on Oct. 2, 2015, at Hospice House in Hutchinson. Born Dec. 25, 1927, she was the daughter of Blanche and Jule Markiewicz. She graduated from Great Bend High School, Christian College for Women in Columbia, Mo., and University of Wisconsin. In 1953, Dorothy married William (Cliff) Donnelly. He died in 1967. For 45 years she directed the School of Dance Arts in Great Bend, where it was her life's work to share the love of beauty through dance. A lifelong learner, Dorothy returned to piano studies in the 1980s. After retiring and moving ...

October 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Jimmie Jule Homan Sr. 1931 - 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Jimmie Jule Homan Sr., 83, passed away Oct. 1, 2015, after a 14 year struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was born Nov. 5, 1931, in Cheyenne, Wyo. and lived most of his life in Wyoming, New Mexico and Kansas. Jim met and married his first wife, Nadine Havens, in Cheyenne and together they had three children, Tamara, Jimmie Jr. and Chrystal. Later in life he met and married Carla Praeger in Albuquerque, N.M. where they lived for a number of years before moving to Kansas. Although he drifted apart from both his loves they remained ...

October 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


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C. Monte Phinney 1956-2018

LARNED - C. Monte Phinney, 62, passed away June 9, 2018, at his home in Denver, Colorado.

June 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Jose Luis Chavez, 1957-2018

GREAT BEND -- Jose Luis Chavez, 60, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Wichita.

June 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Obituaries


Gerald Nicholas Kaiser 1937-2018

GREAT BEND - Gerald Nicholas Kaiser, 80, died June 11, 2018 at Cherry Village Nursing Home.

June 12, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Joyce Hillman 1938 - 2018

Joyce Hillman, age 79, passed away at Cherry Village Benevolence on June 11, 2018. She was born in Garfield, Kansas on August 29th, 1938. She ...

June 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Marilyn Jo Bell Birzer 1950 - 2018

ELLINWOOD - Marilyn Jo Bell Birzer, age 67, died on Friday, June 1, 2018 due to congestive heart failure linked to previous chemotherapy treatment. At the ...

June 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Evelyn M. Dirks 1918 - 2018

NEWTON - Evelyn M. Dirks, 99, died Tuesday (June 5, 2018) at the Kansas Christian Home in Newton. She was born on the family farm near ...

June 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Bradley Wayne Lee 1966 - 2018

PAWNEE ROCK - Bradley Wayne Lee, 51, passed away June 7, 2018 in the foothills of the Grand Tetons near Yellowstone National Park, Mont.

June 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Anna M. Schenk 1925 - 2018

LA CROSSE - Anna M. Schenk, 92, La Crosse, Kan., died Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Rush County Memorial Hospital, La Crosse, Kan.

June 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Glenn Darrell Peters 1927 - 2018

Glenn Darrell Peters, 91, passed away June 8, 2018, at his home in Great Bend. He was born Feb. 11, 1927 at Okmulgee, Okla., to ...

June 11, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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