EL DORADO - R. Lorraine Holmes, 81, of El Dorado, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 at Lakepoint Nursing Center, El Dorado.
BENNINGTON - Phyllis J. Watts, 88, Bennington, died Monday, October 31, 2011 at her home.
ELLINWOOD - Helen Mae Berscheidt Tomberlin, age 94, died Wednesday at Sterling House in Great Bend. Arrangements and services will be announced by Kimple Funeral Home in Ellinwood.
HOISINGTON - Mary Catherine Weeks, 83, died Nov. 2 at her home in Hoisington. Born Jan. 5, 1928 in Dubuque, she was the daughter of Henry and Philomena (Eckart) Casey. On June 4, 1947 she married John E. Weeks in Dubuque. He died Dec. 22, 1990. A resident of Hoisington since 1952, coming from Russell and Ellinwood, she was an administrative assistant for Barton Community College, office manager for Roxana Oil and was employed at Verna's Clothing in Hoisington.
LARNED - Virgie J. Rector, 79, passed away Nov. 2 at Larned Healthcare Center. Born Oct. 1, 1932, she was the daughter of Charles T. Dalton Sr. and Alta Leatherman. A Larned resident since 1975, moving from Dodge City, she was a Licensed Mental Health Aide for the Larned State Hospital. On April 15, 1948, she married John G. Rector in Cimmaron. He passed away April 29, 1996.
KINGMAN - Buddy Ray Messick, 76, died Oct. 28 at his home in Kingman, with his wife and children by his side. Born Oct. 28, 1935, near Raymond, he was the son of Clarence and Dora Belle Hughbanks Messick. A Kingman resident since 1984, previously of the Raymond, Lyons and Claflin communities, he was a retired oil field employee.
ANNA, Texas - Dr. William Lawrence Smith Jr., 89, of Anna, Texas, passed away on Oct. 15. He was born Aug. 1, 1922, in Stafford, to William Lawrence Smith Sr. and Elsie Fern (Carr) Smith. On June 21, 1943, he married Nadine Lorene Block, in Martinez, Calif.
HOISINGTON - Mary Catherine Weeks, 83, died Nov. 2 at her home in Hoisington. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.
ELLINWOOD/BALDWIN CITY - Ruby North, 82, died Oct. 30 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Jan. 30, 1929 at Cookeville, Tenn. the daughter of Marion Grider and Elizabeth Dunham Grider.
NEWTON - Thelma M. Hurst, 80, died October 30, 2011 at Newton Medical Center.
LARNED - Thelma Wandalee "Wanda" Nelson, 81, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, was called from this earth on Oct. 29, 2011 due to congestive heart failure.
ELLINWOOD - Ruby L. North, 82, died October, 30, 2011 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
GREAT BEND - LaVina Grace Juergensen, 88, died October. 31, 2011 at her loving daughter's home in Great Bend.
ELLSWORTH - Loren R. Zelenka, 53, died Oct. 27 at Hutchinson. He was born Jan. 19, 1958, at Cannon City, Colo., to Roy and Betty (Belt) Zelenka. He grew up in Wilson, and lived most of his life in California and Wilson. He married Sherith Loper on May 29, 1992, at Wilson. He was a welder.
Thomas Allen Hermansen, 76, of Great Bend, died Oct. 21 at Promise Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson.
LARNED - Barbara J. Erway, 70, died March 2, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born April 5, 1943, in Sumiton, Ala., she was the daughter of Houston and Lilly Fortenberry Greathouse. Moving from Alabama in 1956, she was a longtime area resident of Larned and a Registered Nurse at Larned State Hospital. On June 13, 1962, she married Leonard L. Erway in Larned. He survives. She loved spoiling her grandchildren, going on camping trips and traveling.
LINCOLN - James William Grandy, 63, of Lincoln, passed away peacefully on March 1, at Salina Regional Health Center, Salina. He was born Dec. 29, 1950, in Great Bend, the son of the late Iva Mae (Vesper) and Harold Lee Grandy.
Barb Schumacher, 74, died Feb. 27 at the Hays Medical Center. Born Jan. 8, 1940, in Ness City, she was the daughter of Charles W. and Pearlann (Reynolds) Petersilie. On Dec. 5, 1981, she married Ken Schumacher in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend since 1957, coming from Bazine, she was co-owner and operator of Kansas Door, worked in several flower shops, was an administrative secretary at Fuller Brush and was an Avon representative for 20 years. She enjoyed fishing, water sports and traveling, especially, wintering in Texas. Her true love was spending time with her grandchildren.
Neuell G. Nicolet, 91, formerly of Great Bend, passed away Feb. 27 in Augusta. Born Oct. 2, 1922, in Great Bend, he was the son of the late Ed and Inez (Gaunt) Nicolet. In 1941, he graduated from Great Bend High School. He was a retired farmer.
John E. Taylor, 85, died Feb. 27 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
Orval E. Weeks, 86, died Feb. 26 at Sterling House in Great Bend. Born May 16, 1927, in Russell County, he was the son of Marion B. and Edith I. (Ross) Weeks. On March 20, 1949 Orval married Virginia L. Campbell in Hoisington. She preceded him in death on June 25, 2005.
ELLIS - Eileen B. Wittman, 86, died Feb. 25 at the Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell. Born June 27, 1927, in Ellis, she was the daughter of George and Bernice (Coleman) Matteson. She attended school in Ellis, graduating from Ellis High School in 1945. She also attended Colorado Women's College in Denver for one year. On Nov. 7, 1948, she married Lawrence Wittman. He died on March 26, 2009. A resident Great Bend from 1973 to 1977, residing in Ellis most of her life, she was employed in the Ellis drugstores, as a dental assistant for Dr. Davis, as librarian ...
WICHITA - Kevin Thompson, 56, died Feb. 22, 2014. He was employed by Hawker/Beechcraft as a Tool and Dye Maker for over 25 years.
Orval E. Weeks, 86, died Feb. 26, 2014 at Sterling House in Great Bend. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
Lenora Marie Ochs, 97, died Feb. 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born July 21, 1916, in rural Otis, she was the daughter of Fred and Julia (Schlegel) Stieben. On Oct. 6, 1935 she married Clarence Everett Ochs in Otis. He died on May 7, 1994. A Great Bend resident since 1978, coming from Otis, she was a part-owner, bookkeeper and parts lady at Ochs, Inc., until retirement.
LARNED - Ellen Nadine Bittner, 81, died Feb. 23, 2014 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Oct. 22, 1932, at Alton, Missouri, the daughter of Claude and Esther Barton Strain. A resident of the Great Bend formerly of Larned, she was a retired nurses aide at Gleason Hospital in Larned. She was of the Christian faith.
ST. JOHN - Leonard Rex Davis, 84, died Feb. 23 at Leisure Homestead, St. John. He was born Mar. 2, 1929, at Manter, the son of Earl R. and Rosa M. (Kidwell) Davis. He was a farmer/stockman and life-long resident of rural St. John.
Christy Smith, 49, died Feb. 22 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born May 22, 1964 at Travis U.S. Air Force Base Hospital in Fairfield, Calif., she was the daughter of Wendell H. and Mary (Brocher) Smith. A Great Bend resident since 1971, Christy was employed as a residential home care provider for Rosewood Services. She enjoyed animals, movies, reading, and sharing her wonderful wit and sense of humor. She particularly enjoyed helping others, always identifying with those in need.
Maxine R. Heueisen, 80, died Feb. 23 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born April 23, 1933 in Stafford County, she was the daughter of Earl and Jesse (Ballinger) Carr. On Nov. 26, 1955, she married Charles Heueisen in Larned. He died on April 17, 1979. A resident of Great Bend since 1997, coming from Larned. She was employed in the admissions department at Larned State Hospital, previously employed as the activities director at the Great Bend Manor and served as a case worker for the Center For Counselling. She had also previously operated the Meals on Wheels program ...
MUNJOR - Mary Ann Gross, 74, died Feb. 22, at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born Aug. 21, 1939, in Hays, she was the daughter of Ignatius and Irene (Werth) Koerner. On April 18, 1959, she married Wilbert Gross in Hays. She was a former licensed hairdresser and spent many years as a homemaker. She loved family gatherings with her children and grandchildren and the special trips she took with the love of her life, Wilbert.