BILLINGS, Mont. - Dolores R. Isern, 85, of Billings, Mont., died on Jan. 23, 2013, in Billings. Beloved granny, mother and great grandmother, she was the matriarch of a family who will miss her dearly. She was born Feb. 19, 1927, in Denton, Texas, to Beatrice and Henry Rondeau. She was the youngest of three children and outlived both her siblings, Henri and Hautesse. Growing up in Great Bend, her closest relationship was with her grandfather C. D. Spaugh, whom she lovingly called "Daddy."
CHASE - Lillian E. Ricker, 85, died Feb. 10th at Rice County District Hospital in Lyons. Born Feb. 14, 1927 in Bushton, she was the daughter of Edward W. Koch and Grace M. Flannery Koch. On June 8, 1947 she married Franklin F. Ricker in Bushton. A lifetime resident of Rice County, she was a valedictorian graduated from Bushton High school in 1945 and a valedictorian graduating from Sterling College in 1959. She was an English and Reading teacher at Chase Junior High School from 1947-1959 and a 4th grade teacher at Central School in Lyons from 1964-1988.
Brian Gene Mott, 32, died Feb. 7 in Kingman County. Born April 1, 1980 in Medicine Lodge he was the son of Wendell and Connie (Kimball) Mott. A resident of Great Bend since 2003, coming from Pratt, he was employed for Val-energy Rig #3. Brian loved working on the rig and being outdoors and fishing.
Rosemary Potter, 89, died Feb. 6 at St. Joseph's Area Health Services, Park Rapids, Minn. She was born Jan. 13, 1924, at Hugo, Colo., the daughter of William G. and Odelia (Bethscheider) Weber. She married Duane Potter on Nov. 18, 1943, at Oakley. A Great Bend resident since 1944, coming from Hugo, Colo., she was a hostess for Great Bend Petroleum Club.
BUSHTON - Richard E. Roesler, 78, died Feb. 5, 2013 at Prairie Sunset Home in Pretty Prairie. Born Oct. 27, 1934 in Oklahoma, he was the son of Joseph and Pauline Schoenecke Roesler. He graduated from Claflin High School, attended the University of Kansas and received a bachelor's degree in Agriculture Economic from Kansas State University. A long time resident of Bushton and Claflin, he was a farmer/rancher. He was married to Roberta J. Roesler.
GALATIA - Arlen A. Karst, 60, died Feb. 5, 2013 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born April 1, 1952 in Hoisington, he was the son of Arthur A. and Esther Fern (Landdeck) Karst. A lifetime resident of the Galatia area, he was a farmer.