Gavoyn Mathew Bunch, 16 months, died Sept. 1, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born April 21, 2010 at Wichita the son of Brian Cody and Casey Reenea (Hupfer) Bunch. He was a lifetime Great Bend, Kansas resident.
OTIS - Esther Brack 98, died Aug. 31 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Dec. 17, 1912 in Otis, she was the daughter of George and Sophia (Kindsvater) Freidenberger. On April 9, 1931 she married Harry Edward Brack in Otis. He died on Jan. 21, 1984. A lifelong resident of Rush County, she was a nurses aid at the Rush County Memorial Hospital in LaCrosse before her retirement.
GILBERT, ARIZ. - Roy William Froetschner Jr., died Aug. 29. Roy was the second son born to Roy Sr. and Mary (Stauffer) Froetschner on Dec. 12, 1921 He graduated from Larned High School class of 1939. On Nov 22, 1961, Roy married Maggie Akers in Larned. He retired from the ASCS Office in Larned in the mid 1980s. Roy and Maggie eventually made their permanent home in Florence, Ariz.
Elden M. Kraft, 83, died Aug. 31 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 13, 1928 in rural Hodgeman County, he was the son of Carl and Matilda (Popp) Kraft. On Jan. 1, 1949 he married Laura Fairbank in Bazine. A resident of Great Bend since 1954, coming from Dodge City, he was a supervisor for Centel Electric in Great Bend until his retirement.
KANSAS CITY - Joyce K. Gunning, 64, of Kansas City, Kan. went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Aug. 28. Joyce was born March 12, 1947 in Cimmeron, N.M. to Delbert and Norma (Pedersen) Bisterfeldt and had lived in this area most of her life.
HUDSON - Arlene K. "Hett" Sittner, 70, died Sunday at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. Born Feb. 27, 1941 at Marion she was the daughter of Homer and Wilma Bowers Hett. She was a graduate of Westmar College and received her master's degree from KSU. She was a home economics teacher and was the church secretary for Peace Church and Trinity Community Church, both of Hudson. She was an active member of the Peace Church. On July 21, 1972 she married Marvin Sittner at Marion.
Paul D. Langen, 73, of Great Bend, died Aug. 28 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was born March 2, 1938 in Easton, Penn., the son of William J. and Nan Conard Langen who preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School in Philadelphia, Penn. He was a veteran of Berlin Airlift 7th Army, 56th Medical Battalion.
ELLINWOOD - Esther I. Burhenn, 97, died Aug. 26 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Feb. 21, 1914 in Barton County, she was the daughter of Paul and Lillian (Foelgner) Kasselman. In 1932, she graduated from Ellinwood High School. On Jan. 27, 1939 she married Ralph Burhenn in Stafford. He died on June 23, 1993. She was lifetime resident of Barton County. Before her retirement, she was a school teacher in Ellinwood. She moved to Great Bend in 1950 and was a cook at Harrison Middle School and then for the central kitchen facility for USD 428.
OTIS - Connie Lynne (Hoch) Hoopingarner, 72, passed away on June 22, 2015, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born on Aug. 24, 1942, she was the daughter of O.C. ('Poss') and Esther (Keenan) Hoch. In 1960, she graduated from Hoisington High School and went on to earn her Dental Hygiene Degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She worked as a Dental Hygienist until her retirement in 2002. On Feb. 29, 1964, she married Larry Dwight Hoopingarner in Las Vegas, Nev. They made their home in Manter.
Hugh Robert "Bud" Steadman, 90, died June 21, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born May 23, 1925, in Great Bend, he was the son of Frank M. and Blanche Marie (Sterling) Steadman. On July 14, 1946, he married Delores June Schenkel in Bazine. She died on April 28, 2015. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was an engineering technician for Evans, Bierly and Hutchison.
MCKINNEY, Texas - Kimberly Dawn Burkhart died at her home in McKinney, Texas, on May 13, 2015. Born April 4, 1969, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Cliff and Barbara Burkhart. She was employed by American Airlines as an International flight attendant. She served as an MP in the United States Army and was active in Desert Storm.