OVIEDO, FLA. - Warren Eugene Kerbs, formerly of Great Bend, died on Dec. 28 at his home in Oviedo, Fla. Warren was born on April 6, 1923 in Paxico, and graduated from Claflin High School in 1941. He attended Kansas State University, playing on the basketball team, but left college for military service. He then completed his college education at Indiana University, where he earned a degree in business administration in 1948.
HANSTON – JoAnn M. Halling, 86, died Jan. 8, 2012, at the Hodgeman County Health Center in Jetmore. She was born July 14, 1925, at Rozel, the daughter of Harvey and Maggie Milton Unruh. On Aug. 16, 1946, she married Lawrence L. Halling at Rozel. He died July 30, 2008. A lifetime area resident, she was a homemaker and was a retired bookkeeper for the Co-op in Hanston.
ST. JOHN - Pauline Bookstore, 98, died Jan. 6, 2012, at the Stafford County Hospital. Born May 14, 1913, in Luray, she was the daughter of Roy and Albina (Hampl) Crawford. Living in rural St. John since 1938, she was a homemaker and home economist Extension Agent. On Dec. 2, 1945, she married Dale Bookstore in St. John. He preceded her in death.
St. JOHN - Leonard Owen Getty, 59, died Jan. 4 at St. John. He was born Nov. 8, 1952 at Lamar, Colo.. His parents were Charles Robert and Norma I. Getty. A life-long resident of St. John, he was a farmer/stockman, graduating from St. John High School in 1971. His memberships were Oddfellows and past fire chief, both of St. John. On May 8, 1976 he married Diane Waters at St. John.
BILLINGS, Okla. - Carol Lea Farmer, 69 of Billings, Okla. was the daughter of August Andrew and Verna Josephine (Mowry) Wise. She was born June 21, 1942 in Hays and died Jan. 4, 2012 at her residence in Billings.
HOISINGTON - Bonnie Lou Deitsch, 69, died Jan. 3, 2012, at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Feb. 7, 1942, in Wilsonville, Neb., she was the daughter of Earl and Evelyn (Martin) Kinne, the second of 11 children. On April 7, 1980, she married Lloyd Deitsch Jr. in Beaver City, Neb. A resident of Hoisington since 2003, coming from Great Bend, she was a homemaker, and a CNA, working at various hospitals and nursing homes, and a child provider for the state of Nebraska. She loved to quilt, specializing in baby blankets.
Robert "Bob" Shanks, 69, died Jan. 3, 2012, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. He was born Aug. 7, 1942, at Kansas City, Mo., the son of Robert and Constance Isabelle (Gaunt) Caraway. He married Lorraine Andrasek July 21, 1962, at Great Bend. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he was a truck driver, carpenter and meat cutter.
OSBORNE - Kenneth G. "Shorty" Hackerott, formally of Pawnee Rock, died on Feb. 28, 2015, at Parkview Care Center in Osborne. Born on July 17, 1936, in Rooks County, he was the son of Otto R. Hackerott and Belle (Mitchell) Hackerott. He loved books, old cars, trucks and tractors and enjoyed the 3-I shows.
HOISINGTON - Luella "Lu" Fercking, 78, went to be with her Lord on May 10, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. Born Jan. 3, 1937, in Comanche County, at her Aunt Faye's farm house, she was the daughter of John and Lillie Cline. In 1954, she graduated from Ness City High School. On June 3, 1954, she married Robert "Ray" Fercking. He went to be with his Lord on Oct. 3, 2001. They moved to Great Bend in 1968. She worked at Data Industries, Volkswagen, and the printing shop for the Great Bend Tribune. She and her husband started Lu's ...
GARFIELD - Naomi L. Converse, 76, went to Heaven on May 10, at Via Christi Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita. Born Dec. 11, 1938, in Larned, she was the daughter of Vernon Henry and Ella Angela Wilson Meckfessel. A lifetime area resident, she was a beloved wife, mother, grandma, sister, nana and aunt. She farmed alongside her husband, Alan, for 58 years. She loved harvesting crops especially wheat. No one touched her combine! Most of all, she loved her husband and family. Her grandchildren filled her life with joy watching them dance, act, sing, and play sports. She made family time ...
CHASE - Katharine Kay Brady, 70, died May 9, 2015, at Sterling Presbyterian Manor. She was born Dec. 27, 1944, at Lyons, the daughter of Willis and Frances Haas White. She graduated from Chase High School in 1962. She was married to Melvin Brady. He preceded her in death. A longtime Chase resident, she was a homemaker and CNA at the Ellinwood Hospital.