Blanche Opal Rea, 92, died May 17, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Oct. 30, 1921 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Charlie "Chase" and Stazie (Novotny) Hejny. On Aug. 22, 1943 she married Kenneth "K.E." Rea in Hoisington. He died on Nov. 14, 1998. A Great Bend resident since 2001, coming from The Ozarks, Mo., she also had resided in Otis; Hoisington; Sweetwater, Texas; Abilene, Texas; Mozambique, South Africa; Libya; North Africa; Denver, Colo.; London, Ky.; Tehran; Iran; and Vincennes, Ind. She was a self-employed cosmetologist. She devoted her life to her children and grandchildren.
HOISINGTON - Elizabeth J. "Betty Jean" Schneider, 83, died May 16, 2014, at Salina Regional Medical Center, Salina. She was born Aug. 9, 1930, at rural Odin, to Joseph and Mary (Reif) Finger. She married Joseph Francis Schneider Aug. 11, 1953, at Odin. He died March 29, 1995.
GARFIELD – Melvin E. Strobel, 84, passed away May 16, at Diversicare of Larned. He was born March 29, 1930, in Larned, the son of Arthur Eugene and Edna Mae Bird Strobel. On April 6, 1952, he married Alice Joan Fairchild in Larned. She passed away Dec. 7, 1997. A lifetime area resident, he was a farmer/stockman.
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Marianne Gear Zoller passed away on Easter, April 20, 2014, at peace in the company of her loving family. She was born on Oct. 12, 1929, in Hutchinson, to oilman Raymond William and Elizabeth O'Neill Gear. She attended Hutchinson High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Kansas, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She married oilman Henry (Hank) Eugene Zoller Jr., raised five children in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., and embarked on a successful real estate career with Garrett-Bromfield & Company until her ...
HAYS - Era Lee (Carter) Popp, 87, Hays, died May 15 at the Via Christi Villages. She was born Sept. 16, 1926, in Marietta, Ga., the daughter of Narvell and Lottie (Belle) Carter. She married Marvin L. Popp. He died on Dec. 14, 2001. She was a homemaker.
WICHITA – Michael J. Dreiling, 66, passed away May 15 in Wichita. He was born July 14, 1947, in Great Bend, the son of Ralph and Anna Marie (Peg) Turner Dreiling. Living most of his life in Wichita, he was the owner of Dreiling Liquor.
PUEBLO WEST, Colo. - Charles Preston "Chuck" Davis, 69, passed away unexpectedly on May 10, in his home. He was born Nov. 19, 1944, in Wichita. In 1962 he graduated from Great Bend High School, and in 1966 from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in wildlife management.
SAND SPRINGS, Okla. - Marion DeWayne "Mac" McCraw, 71, passed from this life on Sunday, May 11. Mac was born in ReDondo Beach, Calif. on May 27, 1942, to Roland Marion McCraw and LaVica Marie (Lumpkin) McCraw. Raised by a Dad that was a mechanic, Mac learned the same trade. For many years he worked as an auto mechanic for J.C. Penney. Even though Mac enjoyed working on cars, he also enjoyed farming during his later years. His passion for older cars and trucks could be seen in his collection of old model cars and trucks. During the times when ...
ELLINWOOD - Terry (T.O.) Brewer, 60, died May 8, in Ellinwood. Born Feb 18, 1954, in Great Bend, he was the son of Jack and Martha Brewer. Terry was a resident of Barton County for most of his life, working in the oil industry as a driller.