Doris "Arlene" Bigham, 89, formerly of Great Bend, died Dec. 1 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice-St. Francis in Wichita. She was born the daughter of Roy and Nellie (Stump) Van Cleave on March 18, 1923 in Pawnee County near Larned. In 1943, Arlene and Phillip Eugene Bigham were united in marriage in Denver, Colo. Together they celebrated 32 years of marriage. She was a loving mother and grandmother that touched many lives. All that knew Arlene loved her dearly.
Pearl Corrine Birzer, 93, died Nov. 28 at New Horizons Care Center in Lovell, Wyo. Born April 3, 1919 in Hoisington she was the daughter of Frank and Liva Della (Sharp) Eveleigh. On Aug. 11, 1943 she married Leonard Andrew Birzer in Great Bend. He died on July 29, 1995. A lifetime resident of Barton County, moving to Cody, Wyo. in 2007, she was a bookkeeper for Rice Engineering and retired in 1986 from the Great Bend Job Service Center.
Marie Schank, 92, died Nov. 29 at her home in Great Bend. Born April 4, 1920 in Rush County, she was the daughter of Frank and Anna (Horacek) Nepereny. On Sept. 14, 1937 she married John W. Schank in Wichita. He died on March 5, 1966. A resident of Great Bend since 1972, coming from Hays, she was a tax clerk for the Barton County Treasurer's Office, retiring in 1986.
HAYS- Ada O. (Brown) Harmon, 98, died Dec. 1 in Hays. Survivors include son Roger Harmon of Round Rock, TX; daughter RoAnn Blauer of Hays; sister Elsie Staatz of Junction City; 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Harmon in 1997.
Imogene Osborn, 83, died Nov. 28 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born Sept. 1, 1929, at Lamar, Colo., the daughter of Joseph Ernie and Anna (Bausye) Choat. She married Albert D. Hatten on Oct. 1, 1943, at Grenada, Colo. He preceded her in death. She then married James O. Osborn on Oct. 6, 1980, at Cimarron. He died Dec. 9, 1993. A resident of Great Bend and Claflin since 1977, she was a day care provider, and later a caregiver for the elderly.
ELLIS - Rose Ann (Werth) Sipes, 75, passed away Nov. 27 at the Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born May 3, 1937 in rural Schoenchen, she was the daughter of August and Dorothy (Werth) Werth. In 1955 she graduated from Schoenchen High School. She was employed by Adronics of Hays as an assembly line worker. She was a loving and devoted grandmother. She enjoyed spending time at the farm especially during calving season.
Verlin L. Oeser, 74, died Nov. 29 at his is residence in Great Bend. Born Nov. 1, 1938, at Great Bend, he was the son of Henry and Iva (Buehler) Oeser. He married Carmen Fox on Feb. 1, 1958, at Claflin. They later divorced. He then married Cindy Wright McDaniel on Jan. 16, 1999, at Great Bend. She survives.
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.