George Franklin Trimmer III, 63, of Great Bend died Feb. 19 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 22, 1948, in Council Bluffs, Ia. he was the son of George and Edna Law Trimmer. He served in the Navy from November 1965 to February 1968 with honorable discharge. He was stationed on the recovery ship, the Gemini Ten, and picked up the space capsule in July of 1966. After serving in the Navy, he worked for the United States Post Office when he met and married Jane Brown on Oct. 4, 1971. To this union were born two children; Kimberly ...
ELLINWOOD – Doretta W. Richardson, 89, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 10, 1921, at Gorham, she was the daughter of John and Clara Warehime Small. She married Melvin Richardson III June 24, 1938, at Russell. He died April 4, 1999.
Kent Darrell Hoss, 57, of Great Bend, died Feb. 20, 2011, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home.
WICHITA - Josephine "Marie" French, 83, died Feb. 16 at Life Care Center in Andover. She was born March 2, 1927 in Fariview.
LARNED - Eileen F. Throckmorton, beloved mother and dedicated wife, went to be with her Lord on Feb. 19, at her home in Wichita. Eileen was born in Yukon, Okla., on Sept. 20, 1919, to Harry and Frances Bunch. She spent her life devoted to the Lord's work and to her family. She attended college at El Reno Junior College in El Reno, Okla., currently known as Redlands College. In her earlier years, she was an employee of Western Union and worked as a teleprinter operator through out Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. She married J.E. "Jim" Throckmorton in ...
SEWARD - George Francis Gorman Jr., 70, died Feb. 20 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. Born Jan. 14, 1941, at Maryville, Mo., he was the son of George, Sr., and Pauline Flanary Gorman.
SALINA - Steve E. Campbell, 63, Salina, went to be with his Lord on Feb. 18. He was born April 20, 1947 in Stafford, the son of Edward and Betty (Bates) Campbell. He was an Air Force Vietnam Veteran and worked for R & A Auto Electric and WPM Pathology Lab and was a member and elder of Belmont Blvd. Christian Church. Steve was a pilot and loved to fly, loved his 55 Pontiac and loved spending time with his family.
BURDETT - Raymond Leroy Patterson, 67, died Feb. 18, at Shawnee Mission Hospital, Marian.
ELLINWOOD - Lawrence Birzer, 83, died Feb. 17 at Promise Regional Hospital in Hutchinson. Born Oct. 24, 1927 near Ellinwood in rural Barton County,he was the son of John Birzer and Isabell Frenzl. A lifetime resident of Ellinwood he was a retired farmer and oilfield pumper. He retired from Ladd Oil Company in 1987 after 34 years as a pumper. On April 27, 1948 he married Catherine Esfeld in Great Bend. Mr. Birzer was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus #1187, both in Ellinwood
NEWTON - Virginia S. Shawver 78, died Feb. 17, at Bethesda Home in Goessel. Born May 21, 1932 in Larned, she was the Claude and Evelyn (Unruh) Wyman. On Oct. 11, 1953 she married Leslie Shawver in Larned. He preceded her in death. She enjoyed sewing and cross stitching. Virginia also enjoyed antique furniture restoration. Her family was important to her and she greatly looked forward to spending time with her loving family and many friends.
ELLINWOOD – Stephen Allen Whelan, 52, died Feb. 14, 2011, at his Ellinwood home. He was born July 10, 1958, in Marshall, Texas, the son of Daniel E. and Jan Allen Whelan. He married Jodi Clawson Nov. 11, 1989, at Ellinwood. She survives.
GREENSBURG – Patricia Lynn "Pat" Jones, 56, died Feb. 13, 2011, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. She was born Dec. 9, 1954, in Tyndall, S.D., the daughter of Lawrence James Sr. and Velma Kathryn Perkins Flakus.
Roger D. Shuey, 75, died Feb. 14 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Nov. 15, 1935, in Herman, Neb., he was the son of Bert William and Bessie Gertrude (Long) Shuey. A Great Bend resident since 1950, coming from Petaluma, Calif., he was a truck driver for BOC. On Dec. 7, 1952, he married Marion "Mickie" Fulkerson in Great Bend.
RAYMOND - Otis Blackburn, 87, died Feb. 12 at Raymond. Born Aug. 31, 1923 in Cushing, Okla., he was the son of Thomas Jefferson and Willie Mae Lowe Blackburn. A resident of Raymond most of his life, he was a retired truck driver and mechanic. On May 16, 1941, he married Altus Higgins in Pawnee, Okla. In 1964 he married Jenny Melton. She died on Nov. 30, 1994.
MANHATTAN – Mary Helen Volkmann, 98, died Feb. 10 at Mercy Regional Hospital, Manhattan. She was born Sept. 6, 1912, at WaKeeney, the daughter of Edward David and Ethel Mae (Dorns) Hobbick.
HOISINGTON - Kirby Dean Ricke, 61, died Oct. 11, at Almost Home in Great Bend. Born July 2, 1953, in Alva, Okla., he was the son of Theodore Dean and Darlene (Huffman) Ricke. Kirby graduated in 1971 from Hoisington High School. He was active in both vocal music and band programs, excelling at the trumpet. A very talented artist, Kirby was also active in the high school art department, winning top awards at many contests and shows. On July 14, 1973, he married Mary A Boxberger in Hoisington. His artistic talents and his love for music were meshed into his career ...
DEsther L. Koochel, 100, died Oct. 12 at Sterling House of Great Bend. Born Sept. 19, 1914 at Timken, she was the daughter of John and Mollie (Erdman) Lorenz.
Nadine Dreiling, 81, died October 10, 2014, at Hays Medical Center, Hays. She was born June 25, 1933, in Neck City, Mo., the daughter of George and Vera Sargent Moore. A resident of Great Bend since 1954, moving from Chase, she and her husband owned and operated Don's Food Mart, and she retired from Dillons Pharmacy.
HOISINGTON - Lila Jean Haberman, 80, died Oct. 11 at her daughter's home in Olmitz. She was born Jan. 22, 1934, in Galatia, the daughter of Henry and Martha (Steinert) Wagner. She married Jim Stoss on July 30, 1952. He died Dec. 25, 1979. She then married Larry Haberman on March 30, 1991. He died Dec. 8, 2006. Lila Jean was a resident of Hoisington, coming from Olmitz. Lila, along with her husband Jim, owned and operated Jim's Place and the Olmitz Grocery till the early '70s. She later worked as a bartender for the Eagles Lodge in Great ...
Paul E. Dyer, 84, died Oct. 8 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Feb. 20, 1930, in Great Bend, he was the son of Homer and Katherine (Jones) Dyer. On Jan. 4, 1954, he married Julitta M. Elsen, in Great Bend. She died on March 12, 1995. He was a lifetime resident of Great Bend.
John D. Trimmer, 65, of Great Bend and formerly of Pawnee Rock and Dundee, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 8, at Great Bend Health & Rehabilitation Center in Great Bend. He was born on Feb. 11, 1949, at Belleville, to George Franklin and Edna Alene (Larr) Trimmer. He graduated from Republic County Schools in 1965 and was united in marriage to Diana Levingston on June 10, 1976, at Pawnee Rock. She died on July 22, 2013. John worked as a chain hand in the oilfield prior to his retirement. He enjoyed rock collecting, watching wrestling and spending time with family.
CIMARRON - Johnna Franks, 65, died Oct. 8, at Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City. Born Nov. 1, 1948, in Independence, she was the daughter of Johnnie and Norma (Marlett) Carroll. She graduated high school in Fredonia. She was a convenience store manager for 30 years. On June 28, 1970, she married Larry Franks in Fredonia. She and Larry moved to Cimarron from Great Bend, and spent the last three years RVing full time. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing cards.
LA CROSSE - Viola Mae Yost, 99, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Oct. 7, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born Viola Mae Wimmer on July 25, 1915, in Harlan, she was the daughter of Harvey Lester and Mary Ann Zion Wimmer. She graduated from Portis High School, attended college at York College for two years, then finished her teaching education at Fort Hays State University. She enjoyed a long and successful teaching career to include Alexander (for 31 years), Nekoma, and Heizer. Additionally she served as a substitute teacher for McCracken and La Crosse. She served as ...