Robert "Bob" Shanks, 69, died Jan. 3, 2012, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. He was born Aug. 7, 1942, at Kansas City, Mo., the son of Robert and Constance Isabelle (Gaunt) Caraway. He married Lorraine Andrasek July 21, 1962, at Great Bend. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he was a truck driver, carpenter and meat cutter.
ROZEL - Grace Olive Grandy, 90, passed away Jan. 2, 2012, at the Country Place Living Center, Larned. She was born Sept. 20, 1921, in Rozel, the daughter of Louie and Ora Renfro Pfenninger. A lifetime area resident; she was a homemaker. Her family and church were first and foremost in her life.
NESS CITY - Frank X. Miller, 90, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2012 at the Hays Regional Medical Center.
ALBERT - Nicholas L. "Nick" Stremel, 58, died Jan. 2, 2012 at his home in Albert.
Bob G. Henre, 83, of Great Bend, died Dec. 30, 2011, in Great Bend.
Ruth M. Immenschuh, 97, passed away at her residence in Great Bend, on Dec. 30, under the loving care of two dear friends. She was born April 3, 1914, at St. Marys, the daughter of Joseph and Grace Farrell. She married Earl Leo Immenschuh on Nov. 23, 1937, at St. Marys. He died Nov. 6, 1991. A Great Bend resident since 1952, coming from Topeka, she was manager of the Barton County Community College Bookstore until her retirement in 1984.
Marvin F. Basgall, 78, died Dec. 30 at Great Bend. He was born May 30, 1933, at Loretto, the son of Joe G. and Hilda (Von Feldt) Basgall. He married Wanita "Sandy" Basgall on Feb. 7, 1953, at Hays.
MESA, Ariz. - Eldora Steinert, 88, died passed away on Dec. 28, at her winter home in Mesa, Ariz. She was born March 17, 1923, in Great Bend, to Harold and Angela Powell. She married Alfred Steinert in Great Bend. He survives. She was a resident of Mesa, Ariz., and Denver, Colo.
Margaret Jean Nething, 88, died Dec. 30 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born June 21, 1923, at Great Bend, the daughter of Oscar Harmon and Della E. (Parker) Pierce. She married William M. Nething May 20, 1945, at Great Bend. He died Sept. 16, 1986. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone during World War II, worked at Bayless Dry Cleaning, and was a home health aide.
RUSSELL - Herbert James Michaelis, 98, died Dec. 26, at his home. Born Aug. 31, 1913, on the family farm southeast of Russell, he was the son of Honis and Mollie (Strecker) Michaelis. In 1931 he graduated from Russell High School. On Aug. 11, 1946, he married Eva M. Milberger at the Methodist Church in Russell. He joined the staff of L. Banker Mercantile in 1933 where he was employed for 43 years until 1976, retiring as manager of the shoe department.
DURANGO, Colo. - Aiden Allen Riddle passed away Dec. 23, at the age of 2. Aiden died at The Children's Hospital in Parker, Colo. Aiden was born on Aug. 5, 2009, to Jaclynn Shaw and Ryan Riddle in Durango, Colo.
CLAFLIN - Rachael Diane Stueder, 20, died Dec. 28 in Barton County. She was born Feb. 24, 1991 at Great Bend, the daughter of William (Bill) and Patricia D. (Smith) Stueder.
SCOTT CITY - Gordon R. Brantley, 69, passed away at the Scott County Hospital in Scott City on Dec. 26. Born Feb. 11, 1942, in Almena, he was the son of Herbert K. and Wilma F. Walters Brantley. He was a 1960 graduate of Scott Community High School in Scott City and also graduated from Fort Hays University and from Kansas City Kansas Community College with a degree in Mortuary Science. Gordon was the owner and operator of three funeral homes, in Atwood, Great Bend and Dodge City, during his career. In May of 2011, he moved back to Scott City.
TULSA, OKLA. - Edward August Fleske was born July 24, 1920 to August and Anna (Knoche) Fleske on the family farm just north of Larned. He passed from this life at the age of 91 on Dec. 26, in Tulsa, Okla. where he moved in 2007 with his wife, Alma Beth to be closer to family. Edward graduated from Larned High School and the Hemphill Diesel School in Chicago. He married Alma Beth Fox on Aug. 10, 1941 and worked as a farmer and stockman in Pawnee County for over 60 years. Edward and Alma Beth enjoyed traveling and they took ...
NESS CITY - Claretta Elizabeth (Witthuhn) Pfannenstiel, 85, passed away Dec. 24 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born on Sept. 10, 1926, in Bazine, she was the daughter of Edwin and Clara (Michel) Witthuhn. She was raised on a farm near Bazine. She attended elementary school in Bazine, two years of high school in Ness City and two years of high school in Bazine where she graduated. She attended Ft. Hays State University and Friends University in Wichita. She began her teaching career at a rural school in Bazine, then taught at the Bazine Elementary School, and ended ...
Frank E. Thurman, 65, of Great Bend, passed away on Friday evening, Dec. 5, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born Sept. 25, 1949, in Scottsbluff, Neb., he was the son of Arthur and Ethel (Deeder) Thurman. On June 29, 2000, he was united in marriage to Mary Walsh in Council Grove. A Great Bend resident since 2006, having moved here from Alta Vista, he loved NASCAR, and had a passion for fixing up old cars and spending precious time with his grandchildren.
HOISINGTON - Teresa Marie Rome, 87, died Dec. 9 at her home Hoisington. Born Oct. 23, 1927, in Odin, she was the daughter of Frank and Antoinette (Hermann) Gerritzen. In 1955, she married Norbert Joseph Rome. He died on June 6, 1981. A longtime resident of Hoisington, she worked as a dietary aide for Clara Barton Hospital. She enjoyed playing pinochle and watching her grandchildren's activities.
Daniel Nobles, 88, died Dec. 7 at Life Care Center, Wichita. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.
Karl Lee Brack, 84, died Dec. 7, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 29, 1930, in Larned, he was the son of Sol M. and Neva M. (Toots) Brack. He was a 1948 graduate of Great Bend High School and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kansas State University in 1953. On Sept. 28, 1958, he married Loreta J. "Reta" Hill in Hoisington. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, Mr. Brack began work at KCKT-TV as a sales representative until February 1956, when he started work for American State Bank and Bank IV, retiring in 1991 ...
HOISINGTON - Velma H. McMillin, 90, died Dec. 4 at Via Christi Hospital, St. Francis, in Wichita. Born Jan. 20, 1924, in Melvern, she was the daughter of Oscar and Hazel (Goldsmith) Beck. On Nov. 30, 1940, she married H.D. McMillin in Ottawa. He died July 23, 1993. A resident of Hoisington since 1940, she worked as a florist for many years and she was also the co-owner of Trinkets and Treasures, an antique shop in Hoisington. She was an avid sports fan cheering for the Chiefs, Kansas University and the Green Bay Packers.