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Kenneth E. Redetzke 1941 - 2012

Minn./Fla. - Kenneth E. Redetzke, 71, of Burnsville and Longville, Minn. and Destin, Fla., died on May 26 at his home in Florida after a nine month battle with kidney cancer. Ken was born on May 2, 1941, in Claflin, the eldest son of Vernon Redetzke and Susanna Lang Redetzke. He received his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in 1963 with a degree in Agricultural Economics, played varsity baseball and was president of the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. He received his master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1973. On Dec. 29, 1964, Ken ...

May 30, 2012 | | Obituaries


Barbara Jane Emly Jordan 1927-2012

Barbara Jane Emly Jordan, died Wednesday in O'Fallon, Mo. She was born July 10, 1927 in Illinois. She was a long time resident of Ellinwood. Memorial service will be at a later in June.

May 30, 2012 | | Obituaries


Stella Arlene Marker Blevins 1937 — 2012

LANCASTER, Calif.- Stella Arlene Marker Blevins, 74, of Lancaster, Calif. lost a brief but courageous battle with cancer on May 21 with her three children by her bedside. She was born on Sept. 2, 1937 in Great Bend, and grew up in Ellinwood.

May 30, 2012 | | Obituaries


Kevin W. Peschka 1956 - 2012

WICHITA - Kevin W. Peschka of Wichita died in his home on May 24. Born on Jan. 14, 1956, in Kansas City, Mo., to Lawrence (Sonny) and Mary Peschka, he was the second of six children.

May 28, 2012 | | Obituaries


​Frank Carl Buettner 1924 - 2012

Frank Carl Buettner, 88, of Great Bend, passed away May 25 in Lindsborg. He was born April 10, 1924, in Hutchinson, the son of Harry and Mary (Walstrom) Buettner. He married Lynn Cunday in 1947 in Hutchinson. She passed away in 2003.

May 26, 2012 | | Obituaries


Doris May Amerine service

Graveside Committal Services for Doris May Amerine will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at the Great Bend City Cemetery with Rev. Dick Ogle officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Barton County Relay For Life. Charter Funerals in Great Bend is in charge of arrangements.

May 25, 2012 | | Obituaries


​Roger Allen Meeker 1949 - 2012

LARNED - Roger Allen "Butcher" Meeker, 62, died May 12 at his home in Jay, Okla. He was born Nov. 12, 1949, at Larned, the son of Frank and Lucille Steadman Meeker. He was a welder, working for Superior Boiler Works.

May 25, 2012 | | Obituaries


Jerry Paden 1955 - 2012

GENESEO - Jerry Paden, 57, died May 24 at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City. Born March 8, 1955, in Austria, he was the son of Jack and Roberta (Croll) Paden. On Aug. 31, 1996, he married Treva (Burress) Schepmann in Ellsworth. He was the founder of Paden's Place in Ellsworth and a track inspector for Union Pacific Railroad before his retirement.

May 25, 2012 | | Obituaries


Robert William Shewbart 1990-2012

GREAT BEND - Robert William Shewbart, 21, died May 23, 2012 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.

May 24, 2012 | | Obituaries


Representative Robert G. Bethell 1942 - 2012

ALDEN - Representative Robert G. Bethell, 69, died May 20 in Topeka. Born Nov. 5, 1942, in Joliet, Ill., he was the son of George and Ann Bath Bethell. A resident of Alden since 1982, he was formerly of Siloam Springs, Ark. He received his bachelor's degree from John Brown University and his master's degree in Education from the University of Illinois. On Dec. 19, 1965 he married Lorene Fay Redmon in Joliet, Ill. He was a State Representative for the 113th District, Senior Pastor at the Alden and Raymond Baptist Churches and former nursing home administrator in various ...

May 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


​Harry Leon “Papa Harry” Owen 1954 - 2012

McPHERSON - Harry Leon "Papa Harry" Owen, 57, of McPherson, passed away on May 19 unexpectedly at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born on Dec. 27, 1954, in Great Bend, he was the son of William Emmett "Bill" and Glenda Vivian (Muench) Owen. He attended Great Bend grade schools and Great Bend High School. Currently working for Stanion Wholesale Electric Company of McPherson as a counter salesman, he had worked for them for over 22 years.

May 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


Creta Claudine Huddleston 1918 - 2012

LA CROSSE - Creta Claudine Huddleston, 93, died May 21 at Rush County Nursing Home in LaCrosse. Born Dec. 13, 1918, in rural Alexander, she was the daughter of Claude T. and Creta Marie Wright Huddleston. For almost 35 years her home was at the Rush County Nursing Home in LaCrosse, moving from Pawnee Rock.

May 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


Trevor Houston Greathouse 1994 - 2012

LARNED - Trevor Houston Greathouse, 18, passed away May 21. He was born Jan. 27, 1994, at Great Bend, the son of Randy Greathouse, and Sharon (Miller) and Ernie Boswell. A lifetime area resident, he was a student and recent graduate of Pawnee Heights High School.

May 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


Mildred Louise Cutler 1929 - 2012

CLAFLIN - Mildred Louise (Owen), Cutler, 82, died May 20. She was born June 1, 1929, in Caddoa, Colo., to Clyde Cecil and Edna Luella (Swift) Owen. A Claflin resident, formerly of Valley Center, she was a retired Koch accounting bookkeeper.

May 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


Roy Key Jr. 1923-2012

Roy Key Jr., 89, a former resident of Great Bend and Bethany, Okla., passed away May 15 in Camano Island, Wash. He was born in Chandler, Okla. on Feb. 28, 1923, the son of Roy Key and Gladys (Waller) Key. He grew up in both Oklahoma and Kansas, attending high school in Montrose. He joined the CCC's at age 17 serving as a dental assistant in Wyoming. It was during a revival at the Shannon Friend's Church that he met and later married Edna Christians, his lifelong love. They were married Sept. 14, 1942 on the Christians' farm ...

May 21, 2012 | | Obituaries


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Betty Lou Rand 1930 - 2015

GREAT BEND - Betty Lou Rand, 85, died July 15, 2015, at OU Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla.

July 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


James ‘Jim’ Oliver

GREAT BEND - James "Jim," Oliver, 90, died July 17, 2015 at Brookdale Senior Living, Great Bend.

July 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


Rhoda Sue DeVorss 1940 2015

GREAT BEND - Rhoda Sue DeVorss, 75, died July 16, 2015, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita.

July 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


Alex D. Dreher 1924 - 2015

GORHAM - Alex D. Dreher, 90, died Thursday, July 16, 2015, at the Russell Regional Hospital.

July 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


Bonita M. Demel 1960-2015

ODIN ‑ Bonita M. Demel, 54, died July 15, 2015, at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Dec. 8, 1960, she was the daughter of Stephen F. and ...

July 16, 2015 | | Obituaries


Dotty Ann Kober 1931 - 2015

RUSH CENTER - Dotty Ann Kober, 83, died July 13, 2015, at Rush County Memorial Hospital in La Crosse. Born Sept. 19, 1931, in Rush Center ...

July 16, 2015 | | Obituaries


Evelyn Simmons 1920 - 2015

CLAFLIN - Evelyn Simmons, 95, died July 14, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.

July 15, 2015 | | Obituaries


Anna M. Hitschmann 1919-2015

ODIN - Anna M. Hitschmann, 95, died July 14, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Dec. 31, 1919, on the farm ...

July 15, 2015 | | Obituaries


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