TULSA, Okla. - George James "Jim" Eastwood, 63, was born on July 25, 1947 in Great Bend to George and Mary (Welch) Eastwood. Jim passed from this life on March 2 in Tulsa, Okla. at the age of 63.
HOISINGTON - John Maynard Little, 55, died March 3 at Clara Barton Hospital. He was born Sept. 2, 1955 at Hoisington, the son of Harold E. and Wilma M. (Lust) Little.
ELLINWOOD - Judith Kay Ritchie, 69, died March 3 at the Ellinwood District Hospital. Born June 23, 1941 in Hays, she was the daughter of Roy Lafayette Bailes and Genevieve Marie Davis Bailes. In 1957, she married Aubrey Tatro at Medicine Lodge. She later married Clarence Randall Ritchie on April 29, 1961 in Medicine Lodge. He died on Dec. 30, 2007. A resident of Ellinwood since 2009, formerly of Great Bend and Medicine Lodge, she was employed at the Holiday Inn as the executive housekeeper, Central Kansas Medical Center in admissions and housekeeping and at Wal-Mart in Great Bend as a ...
SAN ANGELO, Texas - Tom L. Berscheidt dedicated his life to family, friends, and serving God. On Feb. 11, surrounded by many people who loved him, Tom passed away from complications associated with esophageal cancer, just 17 days before his 60th birthday. Tom was born on Feb. 28, 1951 in Ellinwood, the second child of Ray and Dorothy (Wess) Berscheidt. He spent his early years in Ellinwood and Great Bend, surrounded by the extended families of both his parents, working during the summer months on his grandparents, Pete and Mayme Berscheidt, farm located a few miles east of Ellinwood. When Tom ...
Kathy Sue "Kat" Pratt, 54, passed on Thursday, March 3 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. She was born January 3, 1957 at Hoisington. She was a homemaker.
HUDSON – Gene George Krankenberg, 78, died March 2 in Overland Park. Born May 20, 1932 in Udall,he was the son of Leo and Lorine Krankenberg. A long time resident of Hudson, he was a farmer. On Sept. 26, 1955 he married Chiemi Ishimaru in Japan.
LA CROSSE - Laurene Elizabeth Marvin, 89, died March 1 at Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom. Born March 16, 1921 in Ransom, she was the daughter of Mathias Frederick and Mary Margaret (Roths) Friess. A resident of Ransom for the past 14 months, coming from La Crosse where she had lived since 1961. She was a homemaker. On Dec. 6, 1947 she married E. Leon Marvin in Wichita. He died April 10, 2004.
LARNED - Patricia L. Young, 76, died March 3 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Dec. 2, 1934 in Larned, she was the daughter of Clarence Gordon Hammond and Leora Nulf Hammond Kristufek. Moving from Rural Edwards County to Larned in 1973, she was the Administrator for Hammond Holiday Home. On Feb. 2, 1983 she married Lewis C. Young at Colorado Springs, Colo. He survives.
HUTCHINSON – Avis J. Riedel, 84, died Tuesday, March 1, at Garden City. Born Feb. 12, 1927, at Little River, she was the daughter of E. C. and Bessie (Spriggs) Miller. She married Clarence Riedel Sept. 5, 1949, at Lyons. He survives.
GARDEN CITY - Avis Riedel, 84, died March 1 at Garden Valley Assisted Living in Garden City. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
HOISINGTON - Lois Ilene Hoffman, 85, died Feb. 28 at Santa Fe Nursing Home in Weatherford, Texas. She was born July 11, 1925 in Norton. She was the daughter of Lovell Dodd and Pansy (Montgomery) Clinton. On Aug. 15, 1945 she married George W. Hoffman in Hoisington. He died June 1, 1986. A former longtime resident of Hoisington, she was a retired nurses aid working at Clara Barton hospital for over 30 years.
BISON – Donald P. "Don" Wood, 83, died March 1 at the Edwards County Hospital in Kinsley. Born Oct. 3, 1927 in Denver, Colo., he was the son of Martin and Melinda (Sanders) Wood. A 34 year resident of Bison, moving from Larned, he worked in the dry cleaning business for more than 20 years and was employed by Essex in Hoisington for 13 years before his retirement. On July 16, 1977 he married Erma (Ficken) Shank at the United Methodist Church in Bison.
KANOPOLIS - Judith "Judy" Allen Bunch Maddox Schroeder, 71, Kanopolis, passed away Feb. 27. She was born in Barnard on Oct. 17, 1939, to Virgil and Fern Bunch.
Cleora V. Tiede, 75, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. Born Dec. 24, 1935, at Beaver, she was the daughter of Rudolph J. and Mollie (Radke) Hickel.
Claudie E. "Dolly" Southard, 95, of Great Bend, died Feb. 26 at Ellinwood District Hospital, Ellinwood. She was born May 4, 1915, at Owensboro, Ky., the daughter of Jesse Leroy and Edith Amanda (Jamison) Gough. She married George Wesley Southard on March 2, 1934, at Hutchinson. He died Feb. 26, 1978. A Great Bend resident since 1945, coming from Hutchinson, she was a homemaker.
ST. JOHN - Leonard Rex Davis, 84, died Feb. 23 at Leisure Homestead, St. John. He was born Mar. 2, 1929, at Manter, the son of Earl R. and Rosa M. (Kidwell) Davis. He was a farmer/stockman and life-long resident of rural St. John.
Christy Smith, 49, died Feb. 22 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born May 22, 1964 at Travis U.S. Air Force Base Hospital in Fairfield, Calif., she was the daughter of Wendell H. and Mary (Brocher) Smith. A Great Bend resident since 1971, Christy was employed as a residential home care provider for Rosewood Services. She enjoyed animals, movies, reading, and sharing her wonderful wit and sense of humor. She particularly enjoyed helping others, always identifying with those in need.
Maxine R. Heueisen, 80, died Feb. 23 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born April 23, 1933 in Stafford County, she was the daughter of Earl and Jesse (Ballinger) Carr. On Nov. 26, 1955, she married Charles Heueisen in Larned. He died on April 17, 1979. A resident of Great Bend since 1997, coming from Larned. She was employed in the admissions department at Larned State Hospital, previously employed as the activities director at the Great Bend Manor and served as a case worker for the Center For Counselling. She had also previously operated the Meals on Wheels program ...
MUNJOR - Mary Ann Gross, 74, died Feb. 22, at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born Aug. 21, 1939, in Hays, she was the daughter of Ignatius and Irene (Werth) Koerner. On April 18, 1959, she married Wilbert Gross in Hays. She was a former licensed hairdresser and spent many years as a homemaker. She loved family gatherings with her children and grandchildren and the special trips she took with the love of her life, Wilbert.
Ellen Nadine Bittner, 81, died Feb. 23, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending with Morell Funeral Home in Larned.