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Janet Y. Murphy 1947 - 2013

LARNED - Janet Y. Murphy, 66, died Dec. 5 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Nov. 24, 1947, in Compton, Calif., she was the daughter of Hubert and Lu Disney Hanes. On Sept. 9, 1967, she married Robert R. Smyth at Winfield. He died Dec. 5, 1992. On Nov. 27, 1993, she married Melvin M. Murphy Jr. at Larned. He survives. A longtime area resident, she was a program technician at the FSA office in Larned.

December 05, 2013 | | Obituaries


Ruth E. (Beardsley) Parker 1927 - 2013

Ruth E. (Beardsley) Parker, 86, of Great Bend, and formerly of New York, N.Y., passed away on Sunday morning, Dec. 1, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born April 26, 1927, in Auburn, N.Y., she was the daughter of Theodore R. and Ruth E. (Burden) Beardsley. On Aug. 12, 1953, she was united in marriage to Donald H. Parker at Skaneateles, N.Y. The couple made their home in Syracuse, N.Y. Prior to her retirement she became interested in genealogy and worked on her ancestry for over 35 years. She traveled and enjoyed going to where her ancestors ...

December 05, 2013 | | Obituaries


Clifford Franklin Kopke 1925 - 2013

RUSSELL - Clifford Franklin Kopke, 88, died Dec. 1, 2013 at a Littleton, Colorado assisted living facility. Born Aug. 31, 1925, in Emporia, he was the son of William C. Kopke and Sophia Adaline Van Deren Kopke. In 1943 graduated from high school in Emporia. On Feb. 28, 1948, he married Margaret Dorothy Back in Wichita, living in Hoisington before relocating to Russell. She died on Aug. 27, 1983. He was employed by a tent and awning factory before being employed in oil exploration. After military service he was employed by John O. Farmer for 51 years working mostly in the ...

December 04, 2013 | | Obituaries


Harry Lee Hunsley 1931 - 2013

RUSSELL - Harry Lee Hunsley III, 82, died Dec. 1, 2013 at his residence in Russell. Born Nov. 3, 1931, in Larned, he was the son Harry, Jr. and Ann (Bishop) Hunsley. He grew up in Great Bend and graduated from Great Bend High School. He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Civil Engineering. On Aug. 5, 1956, he was united in marriage to Joan Marie Wilkerson, in Russell. She preceded him in death on Jan. 31, 2005. He was a professional licensed engineer and land surveyor. He was also a former certified city planner, a private pilot ...

December 04, 2013 | | Obituaries


Richard Lee Evans 1924-2013

HOISINGTON - Richard Lee Evans, 88, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend.

December 04, 2013 | | Obituaries


Ida Funk 1931-2013

WINFIELD - Ida Funk, 82, died Dec. 3, 2013 at her home in Winfield. Born March 18, 1931, in Raymond, she was the daughter of Arch and Alma(Ash) Cain. She was raised and attended schools in Great Bend and Raymond. On Dec. 1, 1960, she married Paul Funk in Great Bend. He passed away July 7, 1999. She was employed at F. W. Woolworth in high school and during World War II at Beech Aircraft. She later worked side by side with Paul in many business ventures that culminated with Paul's Carry Out in Mulvane. She was also a ...

December 04, 2013 | | Obituaries


Michael Axton

OLATHE - Michael Axton, 76, died Dec. 2 at the Kansas City Hospice House.

December 03, 2013 | | Obituaries


Gerald Wesley “Jerry” Alexander

LBERT - Gerald Wesley "Jerry" Alexander, 69, died Dec. 2 at his home in Albert. He was born Dec. 21, 1943 at Florence County, S. C., the son of Jesse Clifton and Mavie Edna (Jolly) Alexander.

December 03, 2013 | | Obituaries


John Banman 1918 - 2013

NEWTON - John Banman, 95, died Nov. 29, at Kidron Bethel Health Care in North Newton. Born on June 23, 1918 in Canton, he was the son of Jacob and Helen (Pankratz) Banman. He graduated from Newton High School, attended Bethel College for one year prior to completing his bachelor's degree at Wichita State University in 1940. Two years later he received the first master's degree given in clarinet performance from Northwestern University. He was a music educator for over 65 years in Clearwater, Ellinwood, and Great Bend.

December 03, 2013 | | Obituaries


Opal C. DeMoss 1915-2013

HOISINGTON -Opal C. DeMoss, 98, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 at Locust Grove Village in LaCrosse. She was born Oct. 13, 1915 at Nowata, Okla., the daughter of William and Sarah (Estes) Tate.

December 03, 2013 | | Obituaries


Esther Dunham 1924 - 2013

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - Esther Dunham, 89, died on Dec. 2 at Golfcrest Health Care Center in Hollywood, Fla. Born July 16, 1924 in Scottsbluff, Neb., she was the daughter of Lee Selby and Alice Butler. On June 9, 1945 she married Jack Dunham in Hays. A former resident of Great Bend before moving to Florida, she was employed at J.C. Penneys and the Barton County Health Department until her retirement.

December 03, 2013 | | Obituaries


Lewis DeWitt 1943 - 2013

Lewis DeWitt, 69, died on Dec. 2 at his home in Great Bend. Born Dec. 12, 1943, in Cass Lake, Minn., he was the son of Fred F. and Katherine (Gaubatz) DeWitt. On Nov. 17, 1962 he married Dennie Lou Short at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Great Bend. He moved to Kansas in 1962, residing in Lyons. Lewis and Dennie moved to Hutchinson, where he worked for International Harvester in Hutchinson. In late 1963, they moved to Great Bend where he was employed by Steinert Oil Company and Southard Home Improvement. He started his own business, DeWitt ...

December 03, 2013 | | Obituaries


Alvin Albert Brensing 1943 - 2013

HUDSON -Alvin Albert Brensing, 97, passed away Dec. 3, 2013 at Wesley Towers, Hutchinson. Service is pending with Minnis Chapel, St. John.

December 03, 2013 | | Obituaries


Wanda Lee Funk 1938 - 2013

SALINA - Wanda Lee Funk, 75, passed away on Dec. 1, at Kenwood View Rehabilitation & Health Care. Born on Feb. 8, 1938, in WaKeeney, she was the daughter of Hannah and Horrace Hobbick. She worked as a housekeeper.

December 03, 2013 | | Obituaries


Nina Mae Hale

LINDSAY, Okla. - Nina Mae Hale, 82, from Great Bend, died Nov. 30, 2013 at Lindsay, Okla. Memorial information will be announced at a later date.

December 02, 2013 | | Obituaries


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George R. Hager 1932 - 2016

BUSHTON - George R. Hager, 84, died Aug. 13, 2016, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Jan. 3, 1932, in Rice County, he was the ...

August 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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