Leo A. Bender Sr., 71, died Feb. 13 at Hays Medical Center. Born Aug. 9, 1942 in Fort Collins, Colo., he was the son of Leo and Lydia (Greenwald) Bender. On April 4, 1970 he married Elizabeth "Betty" Schmitt in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend for 43 years, coming from Russell, he was a unit driver for a well servicing company for 30 years and then worked in housekeeping at St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center for 10 years until his retirement. He enjoyed fishing.
ODIN - Hubert J. Steiner, 92, died Feb. 13, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Jan. 31, 1922, in Hoisington, he was the son of Joseph and Burga (Kinzel) Steiner. A lifelong Barton County resident, he graduated from Hoisington High School. On Sept. 14, 1948, he married Loretta Schneider in Olmitz. Hubert was a farmer, stockman and also ran a bulldozer for the Cheyenne Township for many years. He enjoyed goose hunting and spending time with his family.
ST. JOHN - Coiny Leon Shelton, 78, died Feb. 10, at Leisure Homestead in St. John. Born Feb. 8, 1936, in Calico Rock, Ark., he was the son of Coiny and Elsie G. (Moser) Shelton. In 1954, he graduated from St. John High School. He married Verda Barker and from that union they had four children, Peggy Guard, Gary Shelton, Vernon Shelton and Kathy Hall. He married Judy Elaine Hathaway on Aug. 14, 1970 in Wichita. She survives of the home. A life-long resident of St. John, he was a retired heavy equipment operator for the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Joseph L. Farris, 64, died Feb. 9 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born May 26, 1949 in Great Bend, he was the son of Albert and Madeline (Salem) Farris. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he owned and operated ACE Bail Bonding and formerly owned and operated Furniture World.
ELLINWOOD - Beatrice Honomichl, 91, of Ellinwood and formerly of Larned, died Feb. 7, at the Ellinwood District Hospital. She was born Jan. 15, 1923, in Osborne County, the daughter of the late Hynek and Anna (Sita) Brant.
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - Lt. Colonel Everett Woodrow Steiner, 95, passed away Thursday, Feb. 6 in Hendersonville, N.C. He was born Oct. 26, 1918, in Ellsworth County on the family farm near Black Wolf, to Joseph and Doris (Bisterfeldt) Steiner. He was the first of their six children, four sons and two daughters.