TRACY, Calif. - Suzie Reed, 68, passed away Sunday, June 17 in Tracy, Calif. at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital. Mrs. Reed was a native of Great Bend. She moved to Pampa, Texas, living there from 1972 to 2002, eventually moving to Tracy, Calif., 1½ years ago to be closer to her daughter and family. She loved and enjoyed dogs and worked as a self-employed dog groomer for 40 years.
LUBBOCK, Texas - Donald A. Riegel, 86, died June 20. He was born Jan. 29, 1926, at Great Bend, the son of Virgil and Harriet Riegel. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1944, served the United States military in Korea in 1946, and then attended college at Kansas State University in Manhattan.
Larned - Timothy Alan Parker, 22, died June 20 in Larned. Born Nov. 29, 1989, in Shawnee Mission, he was the son of Carl Eugene Parker and Michelle Lynn Naugle Lewis. A Larned resident for the past nine years, moving from Utah, he worked for the Pawnee County Bridge and Highway Department and worked for the Larned EMS. On Feb. 12, 2010, he married Bonnie Jo Harding in Great Bend. She survives.
HOISINGTON - Rose Delores Hekele Schwartz, 85, passed away June 21 at Lexington Park Assisted Living, Topeka. Born Aug. 30, 1926, in Odin, she was the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Seus) Hekele. She married William (Don) Schwartz on Oct. 25, 1948, at Odin. A lifetime resident of Odin and Hoisington, she raised five children and was the youth librarian at Hoisington City Library for 22 years.
Robert M. Gillette, O. D., 91, died June 23 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. Born May 14, 1921, at Kansas City, Mo., he was the son of Harold and Laura Belle (McLaughlin) Gillette. He married Gretta Katherine Braddock on Oct. 15, 1949, at Dodge City. She died June 16, 1989. A Great Bend resident since 1957, coming from Memphis, Tenn., he was an optometrist with Drs. Reinhardt, Gillette and McCaulley, Great Bend.
Nathalie J. Schaben, 84, died June 22 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. Born Feb. 19, 1928, at the family farm in Ness County, she was the daughter of William "Bill" and Lois (McDonald) Borger.
ELLINWOOD - Norma G. Mounkes, 89, of Great Bend, died June 20, 2012, at the Woodhaven Nursing Home in Ellinwood. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at a later date. The Hawks-Shelley Funeral Home & Crematory of Wellington is in charge of arrangements.
Rozlyn Faye Arnold was granted her angel wings in the arms of her loving parents at 7:20 p.m. on June 15, 2012, at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. She was born at 1:28 p.m. on June 13 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. She weighed 6 lbs. 4 oz. and was 18 in. long. In her short time on earth Rozlyn was loved and cherished by many and will remain forever within our hearts.
ENID, Okla. - Linda Bruner died on June 19, 2012 at her home in Enid, Okla. Born June 16, 1949 in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Paul and Jennie (Reiser) Ueckert in Great Bend. Raised in Great Bend, she graduated from Great Bend High School, and then attended Fort Hays State University. She spent several years in Houston, Texas and Midland, Texas, before moving to Enid, Okla. in 1997. She was a realtor with Nicholas Realty for ten years. On April 21, 2007, she married Donald L. Bruner. Her passions were cooking, traveling, and gardening. She was a loving ...
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Mitchell "Bones" Ray Smith, 52, of Fayetteville, Ark., passed away June 15, 2012 in Fayetteville, Ark. Born May 14, 1960 in Hutchinson, he was the son of Richard H. Smith and Carma Heckathorn Hughey. He was a graduate of Holdenville, Oklahoma high school and attended Okmulgee Technical School.
George W. Bemis, 77, died Jan. 26 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Jan. 25, 1935 in Great Bend, he was the son of Carney and Ula (Falgren) Bemis. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University, he worked for the Corps of Engineers in Kansas City. On Oct. 31, 1959 he married Jane Olsen at Sparta, Wis. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was owner and operator of Bemis Construction, Inc.
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.