Kim Marie Pelster, 57, died July 20 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. Born Jan. 1, 1956 in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Robert L. Sr. and Lodema (Garrett) Pelster. A lifetime resident of Great Bend and Hoisington, she was a foster mother and a driver for St. Francis Academy.
Diana Grace Trimmer, 52, passed away July 22, at Great Bend Health & Rehabilitation Center after a lengthy illness. She was born Feb. 7, 1961 at St Rose Hospital in Great Bend, the daughter of Hazel Grace Johnson and Joseph Delaine Levingston. The oldest of four siblings, Diana grew up in Pawnee Rock and attended Pawnee Rock High School. She married John Dixon Trimmer June 10, 1976. They adopted 12 children and lived in the rural Great Bend area. As a wife, mother, sister, and advocate, Diana dedicated her life to helping children in need, family, and friends.
NATOMA - Dorothy Anita (Ahrens) Foster, died July 20, at Redbud Village in Plainville. Born Dec. 5, 1925, on the family farm in rural Osborne County, she was the daughter of Paul Conrad and Amanda Julie (Eickhoff) Ahrens. She attended Belleville Country School. On Feb. 13, 1946, she married Charles Dean Foster, in Russell. She was a homemaker and stay-at-home mom. She later worked at various jobs in local businesses, grocery store cashier, waitress, bank and mortuary custodian.
LARNED - Dr. William Rush Brenner, MD, 98, passed away July 19 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. He was born May 22, 1915, in McCracken, the son of William Albert and Rose Sweeney Brenner of Bazine.
LARNED - Nadine H. Reed, 93, died July 18 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born March 5, 1920, at Kincaid, she was the daughter of Harry and Bertha Foster. A longtime area resident, she was a homemaker.
TOPEKA - Stephen Wesley Bell, 62, died July 16 at Midland Hospice. Born Jan. 5, 1951, in Great Bend, he was the son of Elmer "Pete" and Bernice (Harding) Bell. He attended Great Bend High School and Fort Hays State University, graduating in 1973 with a degree in English.
HAYS - Fidelis "Dale" Degenhardt, 84, died July 16 at the Golden Living Home in Wilson. Born July 1, 1929, in Pfeifer, he was the son of John and Emma (Basgall) Degenhardt. On Sept. 22, 1947, he married Edna Cantwell in Pfeifer. He was the service manager for Hartman Oil for many years.