Richard J. "Dick" Stevens, 70, died July 31, 2011, at his home in Great Bend. Born July 17, 1941, in Albuquerque, N.M., he was the son of R.J. and Janet (Ewing) Stevens. On Sept. 13, 1985, he married Marie Smith at Hugoton. She survives. A resident of Great Bend since 1997, coming from Hugoton, he was in law enforcement, and was a meat cutter, having co-owned Dick and Marie's Venture Foods in Hugoton. He spend his childhood days at the racetrack. He was known for his barbecue brisket and chicken and for his smile. He enjoyed activities ...
HERINGTON - Elaine V. Talbot, 87, of Herington, died July 21, 2011, at the Medicalodges of Herington. Born July 5, 1924, in Bloomfield, Mo., she was the daughter of Linord E. and Grace M. (Hopkins) Caldwell. On July 12, 1946, she married E. Ray Talbot at St. Louis, Mo. She received her associate degree with William & Jewell University. She was a homemaker and a Nurses Aide.
ELLINWOOD - Gladys T. Muller, 94, died July 30, 2011, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Oct. 3, 1916, in rural Seward, she was the daughter of Wilbert William Dewey and Josephine Sims. A resident of south Great Bend, moving to Ellinwood in 1938, she was a homemaker and Certified Nurse Aide at Ellinwood District Hospital for over 20 years. On Aug. 6, 1938, she married Adolph Muller at Howard. He died Feb. 5, 1989.
Ronald J. Karlin, 74, died July 30 at Hays Medical Center. Born Sept. 26, 1936, in Hays, he was the son of Henry W. and Evelyn M. (Rupp) Karlin. On June 7, 1958, he married Virginia Dufford Wysong in Larned. She survives. A resident of Great Bend since 1943, coming from Hays, he was an area salesman for Frito Lay, retiring after 21 years. He was an avid golfer and gardener and enjoyed his dogs. He was known for his Santa Claus helicopter, which he had on display each Christmas at his home on Broadway.
Melvin Clay Simpson, 94, died July 31, 2011, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born June 17, 1917, at Newby, Okla., the son of William Thomas and Sara (Davis) Simpson. He married Frances Elizabeth Jackson on March 13, 1934, at Osceola, Mo. A Great Bend resident since 1941, coming from Eaton, Colo., he was owner and operator of Murray-Simpson Casing Crews.
HOISINGTON - Jean Polzin, 81, died Aug. 1, 2011, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. She was born Dec. 27, 1929, at Hoisington the daughter of Viola Depiesse. Jean was 6 years old when her mother passed, and she was then raised by her grandparents, Jac and Mary Meyeres Depiesse. She married Rom Polzin on April 16, 1952, at Milwaukee, Wis. He died Aug. 5, 1968. She was Postmaster in Beaver for 20 years, retiring in 1991, and had been a Hoisington resident since 1998, coming from Beaver.
WICHITA -- Herbert Marlin Wong, 87, retired restaurant owner, passed away July 2. He was a strong –spirited person, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to many people. He will be missed by friends and family. Herbert Marlin Wong was born in Canton Village, Canton, China, on Sept. 7, 1923.
Danny F. Renfro, 60, died July 28 at Hospice House in Hutchinson. He was born Dec. 26, 1950, at Great Bend, to Willard Francis and Waunita Lucille (Moore) Renfro. He married Karen Sue Miller on July 22, 1992, at Great Bend. She died Aug. 24, 2010. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he worked in the oilfield.
Charles W. Bybee, 71, died July 27 at Kansas Medical Center in Andover. He was born Sept. 16, 1939, at Geneseo, to Paul William and Helen (Morehouse) Bybee. He married Janet Stroup on Aug. 9, 1963, at Chase.