Wilma R. Munz Bennett, 87, died Sept. 15 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born June 22, 1925 in Kansas City, she was the daughter of Charles Warren and Verda Alta (Post) Lewallen. In August 1949 she married Robert G. Munz in Hutchinson. He died on Dec. 1, 1986. In November 1996 she married Charles Bennett in Wichita. He died on Aug. 14, 2001. A resident of Stafford County and Sedgwick County most of her life, she was a homemaker.
DAMAR - Jerome Benoit, 86, died Sept. 13 at the Graham County Hospital in Hill City. Born Feb. 10, 1926, in rural Damar, he was the son of Armond and Theresa (Boucher) Benoit. On June 12, 1944, he married Teresa Bernice Thyfault in Damar. She died on April 29, 2005. A lifetime area resident of Damar, he was a dairy farmer and a stockman.
Bobett Teresa Beran, 83, of Great Bend, formerly of Odin and Hoisington, passed away on Sept. 14 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Aug. 15, 1929, in Pique, she was the daughter of Robert T. and Teresa (Stouffe) Lott. She graduated from Yates Center High School. On Oct. 26, 1949, she was united in marriage to Eugene A. Beran in Pique. He preceded her in death on Jan. 9, 1998. Bobett was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She touched the hearts of everyone she met.
LARNED - Fredrick "Fred" L. Reno, 71, died Sept. 13 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born July 9, 1941, in Kankakee, Ill., he was the son of Irvin and Marian Bittle Reno. A resident of Larned since 2005, formerly of Kingman, he was a retired computer programmer. On March 14, 1964, he married Mary Charlene Johnston in Derby. She survives. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and always had plans for tomorrow.
James Luther "Swede" Hemphill, 85, died Sept. 12 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. He was born July 26, 1927, at Byers, the son of Emmett W. and Trella (Clark) Hemphill. He married Joan Guinn, Oct. 7, 1950. He lived in Great Bend the past year, moving from rural Seward, having lived there 30 years. He retired from the Great Bend Co-op in 1989. He had also worked part time for the Stafford County Road Department.
OLMITZ - John William Haynie II, 38, died Sept. 11 at his residence in Olmitz. Born Dec. 3, 1973, in Stuttgart, Germany, he was the son of Glyn and Paula (Woodward) Haynie. On April 12, 1997 he married Stacy Owens in Fort Leavenworth. A resident of the Hoisington area since 2004, coming from Leavenworth, he was a finance manager for Marmie Chrysler in Great Bend. He liked camping, boating, fishing and the outdoors and enjoyed spending time with his great group of friends.
GILLETTE, Wyo. - Gayle Ann Bell, 58, died Sept. 2nd. Born Oct. 9, 1958 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Gale and Shirley Juby. Her family moved from Perry, Okla., to Gillette in 1972. She graduated from Campbell County High School in 1976. On Oct. 22, 1977, she married Rick Bell.
ENID, Okla. - Robert Rae "Bob" Rowe, 57, died Sept. 7 at his home in Enid, Okla. He was born May 15, 1955 in Winfield, the son of Billie Rae and Patricia Joan (Sumner) Rowe. On July 20, 1974, he married Charlotte Rathbun in Great Bend. An Enid, Okla. resident since 2006, coming from Great Bend, he was the owner and operator of Rowe Wireline Service from 2006 to 2011. In 2011, he sold the business to Pioneer Energy, where he was district manager. He was a devoted, loving husband, dad, papa, brother and uncle. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and ...
OSBORNE - Kenneth G. "Shorty" Hackerott, formally of Pawnee Rock, died on Feb. 28, 2015, at Parkview Care Center in Osborne. Born on July 17, 1936, in Rooks County, he was the son of Otto R. Hackerott and Belle (Mitchell) Hackerott. He loved books, old cars, trucks and tractors and enjoyed the 3-I shows.
HOISINGTON - Luella "Lu" Fercking, 78, went to be with her Lord on May 10, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. Born Jan. 3, 1937, in Comanche County, at her Aunt Faye's farm house, she was the daughter of John and Lillie Cline. In 1954, she graduated from Ness City High School. On June 3, 1954, she married Robert "Ray" Fercking. He went to be with his Lord on Oct. 3, 2001. They moved to Great Bend in 1968. She worked at Data Industries, Volkswagen, and the printing shop for the Great Bend Tribune. She and her husband started Lu's ...
GARFIELD - Naomi L. Converse, 76, went to Heaven on May 10, at Via Christi Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. Born Dec. 11, 1938, in Larned, she was the daughter of Vernon Henry and Ella Angela Wilson Meckfessel. A lifetime area resident, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandma, sister, nana and aunt. She farmed alongside her husband, Alan, for 58 years. She loved harvesting crops especially wheat. No one touched her combine! Most of all, she loved her husband and family. Her grandchildren filled her life with joy watching them dance, act, sing, and play sports. She made family time ...
CHASE - Katharine Kay Brady, 70, died May 9, 2015, at Sterling Presbyterian Manor. She was born Dec. 27, 1944, at Lyons, the daughter of Willis and Frances Haas White. She graduated from Chase High School in 1962. She was married to Melvin Brady. He preceded her in death. A longtime Chase resident, she was a homemaker and CNA at the Ellinwood Hospital.