VALLEY CENTER - Joe Lynn Wheat, 80, of Valley Center, formerly of Great Bend and Pittsburg, retired Joe's Welding owner, beloved husband, dad, and grandpa, passed away March 8. He was born in Blytheville, Ark., to William Isaac Wheat and Ollie Marie (Epperson) Wheat.
Lela Moore, 97, of Great Bend, died March 13 at the Central Kansas Medical Center.
ST. JOHN - Ron DeVore, 55, died March 13 as a result of an automobile accident. He was born Aug. 3, 1955, in St. John, the son of Ronnie W. and Patricia J. (Sayler) DeVore. He was a cowboy and lifelong resident of St. John, graduating from St. John High School in 1973.
CENTRALIA, WASH. - Centralia resident Kelly Jean Phelps died at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash., on March 9, after a long battle with breast cancer.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Christopher Louis Divis was born July 31, 1984, at Sioux City, Iowa. He was confirmed April 26, 1998, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Mapleton, Iowa. Chris attended Maple Valley Anthon-Oto High School and graduated in the class of 2002. While in high school, he worked as a Certified Nurse's Aide, and most recently was training to become a Licensed Practical Nurse at Western Iowa Technical Community College. Employed at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, he worked as a Technical Aide in Post Critical Care. Staff Sergeant Divis served his country in the Iowa Air ...
WICHITA - Randall Eugene Oliver, 89, passed away March 11 at Lakewood Senior Living Center in Wichita. He was born Sept. 15, 1921, in Madison, the son of Willis Monroe and Amy Freelove Holland Oliver. He graduated from Madison High School in 1939. He retired from the U. S. Navy and had served during World War II in the Pacific.
Royal Dean Henbest, 69, died March 9 at Via Christi St. Francis Medical Center, Wichita. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.
RUSSELL – Eva (Milberger) Michaelis, 93, of Russell died Monday, March 7, 2011, at the Trego County Hospital in Wakeeney.
Sister Malachy Stockemer, 84, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in the Dominican Sisters convent infirmary in Great Bend.
OMAHA, NEB. - Barbara C. Boyd, 62, of Omaha, Neb., died Feb. 27. She was born on Jan. 11, 1949.
Paul Turnbull, 81, went to meet Jesus Feb. 20, 2011. Paul, the youngest of 11, and his twin, John, were born in Elizabeth, Pa., in 1929. He attended Sterling College and served as Bushton Postmaster 42 years and on boards of USD 328 and Great Bend Center for Counseling. Paul loved gardening, swimming, family camping trips, making home-made ice cream, playing Boogaloo and Tennessee Turnbull Reunions.
Archie "Galen" Allen, 73, died March 4 at home in Great Bend. He was born Jan. 25, 1938, at Great Bend, the son of Archie Roy and Rosetta Mae (Smiley) Allen. He married Barbara Leah Feaster on Jan. 1, 1963, at Windsor, Mo. She died June 29, 2006. He worked for the Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash., as an engineer. Mr. Allen was a lifelong resident of Great Bend, also living in Bozeman, Mont., Seattle, Wash., and Torrance, Calif.
ELLINWOOD - Wilma G. Dannebohm, 75, died March 7 at Stafford County Hospital in Stafford. She was born May 3, 1935, at Midian, the daughter of Ted and Irene Waterman Zimmerman. She graduated from Ellinwood High School. A lifetime Ellinwood resident, she was a nurse at Ellinwood District Hospital, a florist at Flowers and Things and a secretary at Immanuel United Church of Christ, all of Ellinwood.
NESS CITY - Gilbert Philip Rebel, age 84, passed away on March 5 at Hays Medical Center in Hays. He was born on Feb. 18, 1927, in Schoenchen, the son of Joe and Lena Zimmerman Rebel. He was a farmer and he worked for Ness County road maintenance for 37 years.
KIMBALL, Neb. - Patrick A. Dunegan, 73, of Kimball, Neb., died March 3 at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colo. Born Sept. 6, 1939, in Ellinwood, he was the son of Patrick and Mildred (Powell) Dunegan. He was raised and attended school in Great Bend. He married Carol L. Wenger on Sept. 15, 1957, at Great Bend. The family moved to Kimball in 1958 and he worked with Curley Hensley doing metal fabrication in the oil field. He retired in 2007.
Larry Randall Miller, 55, died May 31, in San Diego, Calif. Born March 10, 1959 at Great Bend, he was the son of Harold S. and Dorothy J. Miller. He joined the Coast Guard in 1978, working as a corpsman and was awarded a letter from President Ronald Reagan for saving a life. He attended Wichita State University on the GI Bill and later worked as a respiratory therapist and cardiology technician. He married Bernadette Alison December 31, 1990 at San Diego.