John H. Mitchell Jr., 79, died June 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Nov. 27, 1932, at Albany, N.Y., he was the son of John Henry and Ada (Oliver) Mitchell. He married Lois Ann Rule on June 5, 1955, at Green Island, N.Y. She died June 13, 2009. A Great Bend resident since 1974, coming from Troy and Green Island, N.Y., he worked as a production manager for Fuller Brush Company.
Viola Eleanor Schwein, 96, died June 25 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend, where she had been a resident for the last 6 ½ years. She was born Dec. 28, 1915, at Hoisington, the daughter of Fred and Anna (Herdt) Schneider.
BURLINGTON, Iowa – LaDonna Maxine Denney, 79, died June 23 at her home in Burlington, Iowa, with her son and daughter-in-law at her side. Born Jan. 25, 1933, at Kiowa, she was the daughter of Laurence G. and Bertha Pearl (Downtain) Thomas. She married Donald Dean Denney Sr. on May 23, 1952, at Great Bend. He died Aug. 14, 2000. An Iowa resident, she was a cook for Unified School District 428, retiring after 35 years of service.
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.