CLAFLIN - Kurt Herbert Fuhr, 92, joined his Maker and others in Heaven on Holy Saturday, April 7. He was the last born to Fredrick and Hattie Fuhr in Bromburg, Poland on Sept. 11, 1919. He grew up in Claflin and attended Great Bend High School. In 1961, he was baptized in the Methodist faith. He was a lifeguard and Eagle Scout. He was married to Eledra Mae Fuhr on April 9, 1943 until her death on March 12, 1984. He was married to Beverly Kay Fuhr on Sept. 14, 1987 until her death on Aug. 18, 2010.
ELLSWORTH - Ray Alvin Rolfs, 45, died April 15 at Salina Regional Medical Center. Born July 10, 1966 in Ellsworth, he was the son of Alvin D. and Johnetta G. Kaiser Rolfs. Formerly of Great Bend, he was a resident of Mosaic in Ellsworth. He attended schools in Geneseo and Lyons. He loved playing basketball and running track for Special Olympics.
Roger D. Hickey, 63, died April 13 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Nov. 4, 1948, at Topeka, to Ray and Twila (Epply) Hickey. He married Janelle Brower on Nov. 21, 2001, at Las Vegas, Nev. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he owned Hickey Sheet Metal.
LARNED - Betty J. Fleske, 88, died April 13 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born May 8, 1923, in Pawnee County, she was the daughter of Elmer and Bessie Flick Kirkwood. On Sept. 15, 1948, she married Elmer Fleske at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albert. He died on April 4, 1994. A lifetime area resident, she worked on the farm with her husband for many years.
SALINA - William Henry Troutman, 89, Salina, died April 9 in Inman. Born Nov. 1, 1922 in Altoona, he was the son of Henry and Mabel (Smith) Troutman. He was a vice-president of sales for the Mountain Iron and Supply Company, retiring in 1997.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - Karen Marlene Bokelman (nee Carlson) of Doylestown, Pa., died suddenly on April 4 at home with her family by her side. She was 76 years old, and died as she had lived, thinking first about the happiness of her family and wide circle of close friends.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Kathleen Pafford, 68, died on Dec. 28, 2011. Born Aug. 4, 1943 in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Harold and Geraldine (Kienzle) Schwartz. After graduating from Great Bend High School, she received her bachelor's degree at UCO in Edmond, Okla., and later received her master's degree at OU in Norman, Okla. She worked as a flight attendant for Frontier Airlines and later moved to Oklahoma City where she met and married her beloved husband of 37 years, Jim Pafford. Kathy taught in the Mid-Del school system for 43 years and was passionate about ...