Ronald J. Karlin, 74, died July 30 at Hays Medical Center. Born Sept. 26, 1936, in Hays, he was the son of Henry W. and Evelyn M. (Rupp) Karlin. On June 7, 1958, he married Virginia Dufford Wysong in Larned. She survives. A resident of Great Bend since 1943, coming from Hays, he was an area salesman for Frito Lay, retiring after 21 years. He was an avid golfer and gardener and enjoyed his dogs. He was known for his Santa Claus helicopter, which he had on display each Christmas at his home on Broadway.
Melvin Clay Simpson, 94, died July 31, 2011, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born June 17, 1917, at Newby, Okla., the son of William Thomas and Sara (Davis) Simpson. He married Frances Elizabeth Jackson on March 13, 1934, at Osceola, Mo. A Great Bend resident since 1941, coming from Eaton, Colo., he was owner and operator of Murray-Simpson Casing Crews.
HOISINGTON - Jean Polzin, 81, died Aug. 1, 2011, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. She was born Dec. 27, 1929, at Hoisington the daughter of Viola Depiesse. Jean was 6 years old when her mother passed, and she was then raised by her grandparents, Jac and Mary Meyeres Depiesse. She married Rom Polzin on April 16, 1952, at Milwaukee, Wis. He died Aug. 5, 1968. She was Postmaster in Beaver for 20 years, retiring in 1991, and had been a Hoisington resident since 1998, coming from Beaver.
GREAT BEND - Frederick F. Dreiling, 89, died July 27, 2011 at his home.
WICHITA -- Herbert Marlin Wong, 87, retired restaurant owner, passed away July 2. He was a strong –spirited person, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to many people. He will be missed by friends and family. Herbert Marlin Wong was born in Canton Village, Canton, China, on Sept. 7, 1923.
ELLINWOOD - Gladys T. Muller, 94, died July 30, 2011 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood.
Danny F. Renfro, 60, died July 28 at Hospice House in Hutchinson. He was born Dec. 26, 1950, at Great Bend, to Willard Francis and Waunita Lucille (Moore) Renfro. He married Karen Sue Miller on July 22, 1992, at Great Bend. She died Aug. 24, 2010. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he worked in the oilfield.
Charles W. Bybee, 71, died July 27 at Kansas Medical Center in Andover. He was born Sept. 16, 1939, at Geneseo, to Paul William and Helen (Morehouse) Bybee. He married Janet Stroup on Aug. 9, 1963, at Chase.
BUFFALO, Texas - Mabel Donner, 95, of Buffalo, Texas, died July 26, in Fairfield, Texas.
HOISINGTON - William Edmond Hobdy, 33, Hoisington, passed away July 23 in Omaha, Neb.
HOISINGTON - Helen V. Harmon, 74, died July 25, 2011 at the Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita.
ABILENE - Mary Alice Schlitter, 92, died July 26, 2011 at the Village Manor in Abilene.
GREAT BEND - Elgie L. Unruh, 85, a longtime resident of Pawnee Rock, went to be with his Lord and Savior July 25, 2011 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
SCOTT CITY - G.T. Riner, 90, passed away July 26, 2011 at the Scott County Hospital in Scott City.
ELLINWOOD - Frederick (Lawrence) Hiss, 81, died July 25 at the Rice County District Hospital in Lyons. Born Oct. 26, 1929 in Great Bend, he was the son of Fred Hiss and Mary Janne Hiss. A lifetime resident of Barton County and Rice County, he worked at Merring's Inc. as an appliance repairman from 1956-57 and was a farmer. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1947. On Aug. 26, 1956 he married Elinor Bryant in Ellinwood.
FREDONIA - Tom Stephen Welton, 67, a resident of Fredonia, formerly of Hoisington, and El Dorado, died July 5, at Fredonia Regional Hospital. Born Aug. 7, 1946, in Great Bend, he was the son of Donald E. and Mable (Roche) Welton. Tom was a graduate of Hoisington High School and received a bachelor's degree from Emporia State University. He was a retired office manager for Automotive Specialists in El Dorado.