ELLINWOOD - Ann T. Brown, 64, died Feb. 18 at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born May 24, 1948 in Duncan, Okla., she was the daughter of Howard Gardner and Gladys B. Baldwin Gardner. On June 10, 1967 she married Terrance W. Brown in Ellinwood. A resident of Ellinwood for 50 years and a seasonal resident of Sargents, Colo., she was a legal secretary, a property manager, office manager for North American Drilling and Exploration and an aerobics instructor for 25 years.
Alice Jane (Kachelman) Fox, 80, died Friday, Feb. 15, at Hospice House, Hutchinson. Born March 7, 1932 at St. John, she was the daughter of John T. and Kathleen Birdie (Schroder) Kachelman. A resident of Great Bend since 1970, she was a Safety Deposit Manager at American State Bank in Great Bend for 20 years, Undersheriff for Stafford County, and a farmer.
LARNED - Deborah K. (Debbie) George, 57, died Feb. 15 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Aug. 24, 1955 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Larned, she was the daughter of Lloyd W. and Katherine L. Debes George. In 1960 she moved to Boulder, Colo. for schooling at North Broadway, until she was 21, and then she worked at Boulder County Workshop. In February of 1993, she moved back to Kansas and worked at Sunflower Diversified Services.
PAWNEE ROCK - Adam P. Deckert, 94, died Feb. 16 at Sunrise of Lenexa in Lenexa. Born Feb. 6, 1919 in Great Bend, he was the son of Peter and Susie (Ratzlaff) Deckert. On April 15, 1945 he married Helen Schmidt in Pawnee Rock. She died on April 7, 1996. A long-time Pawnee Rock resident, Mr. Deckert was a Lenexa resident for two years, coming from Great Bend where he resided for 17 years. He was a farmer and also worked for Doerr Metal in Larned.
CHANDLER - Stephen Michael Swafford, 39, of Chandler, passed away Feb. 13, 2013, at his home. He was born Aug. 30, 1973 in Oklahoma City, OKLA. His parents are Jim and Wilma (Fredrick) Swafford of Chandler.
BETHEL, Mo. - Charles Ralph Coonrod, 77, of Bethel, Mo., passed away on Feb. 6 at the University Medical Center in Columbia, Mo. He was born in Tulsa, Okla., the son of Woodrow Wilson and Eva Pearl Curtis Coonrod. Ralph and Delberta "Debbie" Hollaway were married on Aug. 26, 1961, in Great Bend.
April Mae Hart, 38, died Feb. 13 at her home in Great Bend. Born Sept. 5, 1974, in Lawton, Okla., she was the daughter of Gary and Coleen (Skeen) Hayes. A resident of Great Bend since 2005, coming from Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri, she had previously been a waitress and C.N.A.
J.W. Crabtree, 74, died Feb. 11 at Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend after a brief illness. Born on March 8, 1938 in Risco, Mo., he was the son of Lee and Frances (Gray) Crabtree. On Dec. 14, 1957, he married Myrtle Florence "Flo" Goudie in St. Louis, Mo. She died Jan. 1, 2004. He was employed as a warehouse/terminal worker for Railway Express in St. Louis, Mo., and worked in service stations for the majority of his life.
Judith Elaine Piland, 75, died Feb. 12 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. Born Aug. 19, 1937, in Sterling, she was the daughter of Julius and Mildred (Beck) Boepple. On Jan. 28, 1956, she married Basil Loyd Piland in Great Bend. He died on July 27, 2010.