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Patrick Ambrose Demel 1961-2011

HOISINGTON - Patrick Ambrose Demel, 49, died July 15 at Clara Barton Hospital. He was born Sept. 28, 1961 at Hoisington, the son of Ambrose L. and Patricia Jean (Hancock) Demel.

July 18, 2011 | | Obituaries


Shirley Jean Sell 1958 - 2011

KISSEE, Mo. - Shirley Jean Sell, 53, died July 15 at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, Missouri. She was born June 7, 1958 at Great Bend the daughter of James and Arletta (Mohr) Detherage.

July 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


Wilma G. (Scott) Meyer 1922 - 2011

RAPID CITY, S.D. - Wilma G. (Scott) Meyer, 88, of Rapid City, S.D. died July 9, at Clarkson Health Care. The daughter of Silvey and Dixie (Shumate) Scott, she was born on Aug. 30, 1922 on the family farm, Shady Lane, north of Larned. After graduating from Larned High School, Wilma worked at Boeing during World War II as a welder and solderer. She also worked for REA in Great Bend. Wilma married Marion on Sept. 19, 1949 in Great Bend, and enjoyed traveling and seeing the world with him during his time in the Air Force. She was ...

July 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


Theodore L. (Ted) McCoy 1935 - 2011

ROCHESTER, ILL. - Theodore L (Ted) McCoy, 76, of Rochester, Ill., died , July 13, in Rochester, Ill. Born in Marion, July 9, 1935, he was the son of Russell W. and Arian Brigham McCoy. He attended Fort Hays State University. A member of Alpha Epsilon Rho, national honorary radio-TV fraternity, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University in 1958. On Dec. 23, 1961, he married Colleen Cluster in Great Bend. His 45 year career in radio and TV included stints in Kansas, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Springfield, Ill. included 15 years at WTAX Radio and 15 ...

July 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


Donald Knoll 1946-2011

Donald Knoll, 65, died July 16 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. He was born Jan. 31, 1946 at Great Bend the son of Martin and Irene (Meier) Knoll, Sr.

July 16, 2011 | | Obituaries


Leona Victoria (Beck) Weiser 1921-2011

GREAT BEND - Leona Victoria (Beck) Weiser, 89, died July 14, 2011 at the Great Bend residence.

July 15, 2011 | | Obituaries


Laverne ‘Bunny’ Tomanek 1933-2011

WAKEENEY - Laverne "Bunny" Tomanek, 78, died July 12, 2011 at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital, Wichita.

July 14, 2011 | | Obituaries


Viola M. Bennett 1925-2011

WICHITA - Viola M. Bennett, 85, died July 14, 2011 at Catholic Care Center, Wichita.

July 14, 2011 | | Obituaries


Charlene Ann Tannahill 1935 - 2011

CUSHING, Okla. - Charlene Ann Tannahill was born on Aug. 21, 1935 in Pawnee, Okla., to Charley R. Tannahill and Dorothy I. Reaves Tannahill. She passed from this life on June 19, at Linwood Nursing Home in Cushing, Okla., having reached the age of 75 years, 9 months, and 28 days. She moved to Cushing, Okla. from Great Bend in October of 1978. She was a retired registered nurse.

July 14, 2011 | | Obituaries


Kathleen Mary Spayd 1945 - 2011

LARNED - Kathleen Mary Spayd, 66, died July 11, at her home in Larned. Born July 11, 1945, in Detroit Mich., she was the daughter of George and Helen Watson Gierschke. A resident of Larned since 2000, she was employed at the Larned State Hospital. On July 31, 1965, she married Elbert Lee Spayd and later divorced.

July 13, 2011 | | Obituaries


Sheryl Louise Turnbow 1947-2011

JOPLIN, Mo. - Sheryl Louise Turnbow, 63, Joplin, Mo. passed away on Tuesday at the home of a friend.

July 13, 2011 | | Obituaries


Laverne “Bunny” Tomanek 1933 - 2011

WAKEENEY - Laverne "Bunny" Tomanek, 78, died July 12, at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita. Born March 9, 1933 in Collyer, he was the son of Fred Eugene Tomanek and Rose Katherine (Power) Tomanek. On Oct. 20, 1952 he married Darlene (Nemechek) Tomanek.

July 13, 2011 | | Obituaries


Margaret E. Lipp 1927 - 2011

ALDEN - Margaret E. Lipp, 84, died July 11 at Sterling Presbyterian Manor. Born June 1, 1927 in Alden, she was the daughter of Harry E. and Rubye Muir Ward. She graduated from Alden High School in 1945 and received her bachelors degree in Education in 1949 from Sterling College. A lifetime resident of Alden, she was a retired teacher for the Quivira Heights School District in Holyrood. On Aug. 1, 1950 she married Chester Mervyn Lipp at the Alden United Methodist Church. He died on Jan. 14, 2002.

July 13, 2011 | | Obituaries


Robert Dale Nienke Sr. 1934 - 2011

ELLSWORTH - Robert Dale Nienke Sr., 77, died July 11, 2011, in Ellsworth. Born Mar. 14, 1934, at Ellsworth, he was the son of Reinhart H. "Rein" and Pauline C. (Zorn) Nienke. A former resident of Salina, he had lived in Ellsworth for six years. He was retired from Enron Corporation and was a United States Army veteran. On Aug. 5, 1956, he married Elaine McCarty in Holyrood. She preceded him in death on June 19, 2009.

July 12, 2011 | | Obituaries


Dr. Robert D. Smith 1951 - 2011

WICHITA - Dr. Robert D. Smith, 59, met his Heavenly Father on July 8, 2011. Bob was the son-in-law of Dr. and Mrs. Franklin Reinhardt of Great Bend. He was born in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 6, 1951, to DH and Patricia Smith. He leaves behind his wife, Roxie, son, Dr. Brian Smith (Emily) of Wichita, and daughter Abby Andrus (Adam) of Denver, Colo.

July 12, 2011 | | Obituaries


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Hilda Chakir 1916 - 2015

Hilda Chakir, 98, died April 7 at River Bend Assisted Living in Great Bend. Born April 8, 1916, in rural Barton County, she was the daughter of Gustav "Gus" and Matilda (Liese) Kasselman. On Aug. 19, 1939, she married Theodore Richard "Dick" Griffith in Great Bend. He died on April 25, 1977. She then married Norman William Chakir on March 10, 1981, in Miami, Okla. He died on Dec. 30, 2012. A lifetime resident of Barton County she was a homemaker. She was a former 4-H Leader, and enjoyed her family, quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and going to dances.

April 08, 2015 | | Obituaries


Cora Sue Murphy 1961 - 2015

HUTCHINSON - Cora Sue Murphy, 53, passed away April 5, 2015, at Hospice House of Reno County, Hutchinson. She was born on July 2, 1961, in Great Bend, the daughter of George Morrison Sr., and Faye (Miller) Morrison.

April 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


Terry Barber 1941 - 2015

Terry D. Barber, 73, passed away April 4, 2015, at Kansas Heart Hospital with his family by his side.

April 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


Barbara K. Robel 1943 - 2015

MANHATTAN - Barbara K. Robel, 71, died April 4, 2015, at Wroten House of Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan. Barb was born July 13, 1943, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Charles and Ruth Swinney. In 1957, the family moved to Valley Center, where Barb attended Valley Center High School and graduated in 1961. The friendships she formed during these years would last a lifetime. Barb chose to attend Kansas State University, where she spent time as a resident hall assistant and switchboard operator. After her sophomore year, she joined the Delta Zeta sorority in 1963, as part of the sorority ...

April 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


Mary Jane Wells 1925 - 2015

Mary Jane Wells, 89, died April 4, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Dec. 16, 1925, in Fort Scott she was the daughter of James L. and Lillie Mae (Chambers) Parker and was later adopted by Ruth Chidester Noggle. She attended school in St. John and later in Russell, where she graduated from in 1943. On June 1, 1943, she married Wayne Ingalls Grippin. They later divorced. She then married Joseph B. Wells. He died on June 5, 1999. A resident of Great Bend since 1992, coming from Russell, she was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, crossword puzzles ...

April 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Merlin Thomas Stang 1948-2015

ELLSWORTH - Merlin Thomas (Thom) Stang, 66, passed away March 26 at his home in Ellsworth. Thom was born to Albert and Anita Stang on August 7, 1948 in Marysville. He was raised in Victoria and was part of their graduating class of 1966. Thom was drafted and served the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss, Texas. In 1972, he married Ruann Kuntzsch. He completed training and was certified in printing at Salina Area Technical College.

April 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Kathryn M. Busch

WICHITA - Kathryn M. Busch died Monday, April 6. She was the daughter of George and Zoe (True) Yarbrough.

April 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Richard A. Poage 1940 - 2015

THAILAND - Richard A. Poage passed away in his sleep at his home in Thailand on Jan. 23, with his companion by his side. Born on Sept. 6, 1940, in Great Bend, he was the son of Marion and Irene Poage. Born and raised in Great Bend he worked in the oilfields, like his father, from the age of 17 until retiring from offshore drilling 10 years ago in Thailand. In 1960, he married Sheryl Wheat. They divorced in 1964. In 1968, he married Vicky Campbell while working in Scotland. The divorced in 1975.

April 04, 2015 | | Obituaries


Walter Ray Simonson 1926 - 2015

MARSHALL, MO. - Walter Ray Simonson, 88, died Feb. 24, 2015, in Marshall, Mo., after an illness of several months.

April 04, 2015 | | Obituaries


Kirk Dean Auston 1958 - 2015

Kirk Dean Auston, 56, passed away March 29, 2015.

April 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


Arlen Clark Davidson 1947 - 2015

LEAVENWORTH - Ret. US Army Sgt. 1st Class Arlen Clark Davidson, 67, passed away March 30, 2015, at his home. Born July 9, 1947, in Great Bend, he was the son of Clark and Anna Marguerite (Green) Davidson.

April 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Leona Winterlin 1931 - 2015

HAYS - Leona Winterlin, 83, formerly of Hays, died Thursday, April 2, 2015, at the Sterling House in Great Bend. She was born in 1931 in Shickley, Nebraska, the daughter of Dan and Elsie (Birkey) Roth. She married DeWayne Winterlin on Aug. 21, 1954, in Iowa City, Iowa. He died June 20, 2000. She attended Wheaton College and Moody Bible Institute. She was an LPN and worked as a nurse at the University of Iowa Hospital and later at nursing homes in Kansas.

April 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


William L. ‘Bill’ Titsworth 1949 - 2015

GREAT BEND - William L. "Bill" Titsworth, 65, died March 30, at Hays Medical Center.

April 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


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