Tonda Lee McAvoy, 59, died May 18 at Woodside Hospice House in Pinellas Park, Fla. Born Sept. 18, 1951 in Johnson, she was the daughter of Pearl and Vanonda Mae (Wise) Miner. On April 2, 2010 she married Terry Lee McAvoy in Pinellas Park, Fla. She was a resident of Largo, Fla. since 2010, coming from Great Bend, formerly residing in WaKeeney and Dallas, Texas. She was a nurse for 25 years and a coast-to-coast truck driver for five years.
OLATHE - Kimberly Johnson Faber, 36, of Olathe, went to run free in the pastures of Heaven on Thursday, May 26, with her loving husband, David W. Faber, at her side. She spent the last few years of her life traveling from one coast to another with her husband, Dave, and an extraordinarily loyal dog, Koko. This travel highlighted a cornerstone of Kim's essence: living life to the fullest. Another passion of hers was appreciating all of God's creations, but she especially relished the opportunity to work with horses-admiring their strength and grace (the same qualities people appreciated ...
OLATHE - Kimberly Johnson Faber, 36, of Olathe, went to run free in the pastures of Heaven on Thursday, May 26, 2011, with her loving husband David W. Faber at her side. She spent the last few years of her life traveling from one coast to another with her husband, Dave, and extraordinarily loyal dog, Koko. This travel highlighted a cornerstone of Kim's essence: living life to the fullest. Another passion of hers was appreciating all of God's creations, but she especially relished the opportunity to work with horses-admiring their strength and grace (the same qualities people appreciated ...
PRATT - Marian J. Epp, 79, of Pratt, went quietly from this earth to her eternal peace on May 3. She was born on Dec. 24, 1931, near Cullison, to Billy C. and Alma Jenkins. Marian married Paul G. Epp on Nov. 28, 1953, and was a member of the Lutheran Church.
ST. JOHN - Jeffrey T. Gleason, 17, died May 24, in rural Stafford County. Born Oct. 11, 1993, at Great Bend, he was the son of Jim and Linda S. (Reynolds) Gleason. A lifetime resident of St. John, he completed his Junior year at St. John High School.
ST. JOHN - Linda S. Gleason, 56, died May 24 in rural Stafford County. Born March 24, 1955, in Belleville, she was the daughter of Kenneth E. and Shirley J. (Kindler) Reynolds. A resident of St. John since 1985, she was a teacher for the USD 350 St. John-Hudson school system, a 1973 graduate of Galesburg High School in Galesburg, Ill., and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics from Western Illinois University. She also worked for the Stafford County Extension Service in St. John.
HOISINGTON - Harry S. Witterstaetter, III, 78, died May 27 at Hospice House, Hutchinson. He was born Feb. 17, 1933 at Texarkana, Texas, the son of Harry S. and Hollis (Kegley) Witterstaetter, Jr.
ELLINWOOD - Wayne Elden Hanna, 73, died on May 7. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on June 4 at Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Bentley with U.S. Army military honors with the Rev. Bill Johnson officiating.
WICHITA - Maxton Foster Burkey, two months, died May 26 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was born March 31, 2011 at Wichita. His parents are Kevin and Kelci (Boxberger) Burkey of Wichita. Although his life was cheated in time, he immensely impacted the lives of his loving family. Always squirming, he enjoyed baths, having his hair brushed, and snuggling with his mommy and daddy. He was a very happy, content baby of God.
Allison Dianne Hicks Owens 1971-2011
Bobby Gene Arnold 1933-2011
Caroline A. Hoffman 1931-2011
Jeffrey T. Gleason
Linda S. Gleason
Raymond Joseph Berens 1938 - 2011
GREAT BEND - Ramona Mae Durbin, 84, died Feb. 26, 2015 at her home in Great Bend.
ROUND ROCK, Texas - Kaye Sanders, 65, passed away Feb. 24, 2015 at Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock. She recently began dialysis and died from an unknown illness.
TOPEKA - Kyle Ann Lichter, 51, Topeka, passed away Feb. 24, 2015.
HOISINGTON - Eugene H. Bitter, 83, died Feb. 22, 2015, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born March 30, 1931, on the family farm near Susank, he was the son of Julius and Emilie (Schmidt) Bitter. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, Eugene was a farmer, stockman and fisherman.
OREM, Utah - Delpha Irene Freeman Douglas died Feb. 20th. Born July 11, 1905, at Bogard, Carrollton County, Mo., she was the daughter of John Franklin Freeman and Alice Virginia Smith Freeman. On Aug. 2, 1924, she married Charlie Nelson Douglas in Anthony. He died on Sept. 17, 1981.
HOISINGTON - Eugene H. Bitter, 84, died Feb. 22, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born March 30, 1930, on the family farm near Susank, he was the son of Julius and Emilie (Schmidt) Bitter. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, Eugene was a farmer, stockman and fisherman.
ALBERT - LoRay D. George, 83, died Feb. 21, at Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care in La Crosse. Born Sept. 1, 1931, in rural Albert he was the son of Herman "H. D." and Hilda "A. C." (Tammen) George. On Aug. 21, 1959, he married Anna Mae Wheeler at Peace Lutheran Church in Albert. She preceded him in death Feb. 3, 2002. A lifelong resident of Rush County he was a farmer.
LARNED - Larry L. Fleske, 55, passed away Feb. 20, at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Oct. 9, 1959, in Great Bend, he was the son of Walter W. and Rena J. Eveleigh Fleske. On Jan. 14, 1989, he married Sharon L. Horne in Great Bend. She survives. A lifetime area resident of Larned he was farmer/stockman.
LARNED - Gerald P. (Short) Penka, 62, passed away Jan. 11, 2015, at his home in Norwood, Mass., following a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.
GREAT BEND – Lloyd Earl Donham, 81, died Feb. 18, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
AMARILLO, TEXAS ‑ Calvin (Bud) Jennings, 72, died Feb. 7 at Amarillo, Texas. Born July 23 1942 at Larned, he was the son of Calvin and Eunice (Pool) Jennings.
Lloyd Earl Donham, 81, died Feb. 18 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.
LARNED - Mary Beth Herrmann, 59, died on Feb. 18, at Diversicare of Larned. Born Feb. 23, 1955, in Kinsley, she was the daughter of Quentin J. and Lucy W. Tholen Herrmann. She graduated from Barton County Community College with an A.A. in Nursing and from Barclay College with a B.S. in Business Administration. A lifetime area resident, she was a Registered Nurse and Administrator at the Pawnee County Health Department.
Lloyd Earl Donham
BISON - Ella Marie Steitz was born Jan. 9, 1934, in Bison in Rush County, the daughter of Jacob and Ella (Schaumburg) Scheuerman. She was adopted and raised by her parents, Constain and Florence (Scheuerman) Steitz. She graduated from Bison High School in 1952 and attended Fort Hays College. After living in Denver, Colo. for 31 years, she retired from Shell Chemical and returned to Bison in 1988.