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Stella Arlene Marker Blevins 1937 — 2012

LANCASTER, Calif.- Stella Arlene Marker Blevins, 74, of Lancaster, Calif. lost a brief but courageous battle with cancer on May 21 with her three children by her bedside. She was born on Sept. 2, 1937 in Great Bend, and grew up in Ellinwood.

May 30, 2012 | | Obituaries


Kevin W. Peschka 1956 - 2012

WICHITA - Kevin W. Peschka of Wichita died in his home on May 24. Born on Jan. 14, 1956, in Kansas City, Mo., to Lawrence (Sonny) and Mary Peschka, he was the second of six children.

May 28, 2012 | | Obituaries


​Frank Carl Buettner 1924 - 2012

Frank Carl Buettner, 88, of Great Bend, passed away May 25 in Lindsborg. He was born April 10, 1924, in Hutchinson, the son of Harry and Mary (Walstrom) Buettner. He married Lynn Cunday in 1947 in Hutchinson. She passed away in 2003.

May 26, 2012 | | Obituaries


Doris May Amerine service

Graveside Committal Services for Doris May Amerine will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at the Great Bend City Cemetery with Rev. Dick Ogle officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Barton County Relay For Life. Charter Funerals in Great Bend is in charge of arrangements.

May 25, 2012 | | Obituaries


​Roger Allen Meeker 1949 - 2012

LARNED - Roger Allen "Butcher" Meeker, 62, died May 12 at his home in Jay, Okla. He was born Nov. 12, 1949, at Larned, the son of Frank and Lucille Steadman Meeker. He was a welder, working for Superior Boiler Works.

May 25, 2012 | | Obituaries


Jerry Paden 1955 - 2012

GENESEO - Jerry Paden, 57, died May 24 at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City. Born March 8, 1955, in Austria, he was the son of Jack and Roberta (Croll) Paden. On Aug. 31, 1996, he married Treva (Burress) Schepmann in Ellsworth. He was the founder of Paden's Place in Ellsworth and a track inspector for Union Pacific Railroad before his retirement.

May 25, 2012 | | Obituaries


Robert William Shewbart 1990-2012

GREAT BEND - Robert William Shewbart, 21, died May 23, 2012 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.

May 24, 2012 | | Obituaries


Representative Robert G. Bethell 1942 - 2012

ALDEN - Representative Robert G. Bethell, 69, died May 20 in Topeka. Born Nov. 5, 1942, in Joliet, Ill., he was the son of George and Ann Bath Bethell. A resident of Alden since 1982, he was formerly of Siloam Springs, Ark. He received his bachelor's degree from John Brown University and his master's degree in Education from the University of Illinois. On Dec. 19, 1965 he married Lorene Fay Redmon in Joliet, Ill. He was a State Representative for the 113th District, Senior Pastor at the Alden and Raymond Baptist Churches and former nursing home administrator in various ...

May 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


​Harry Leon “Papa Harry” Owen 1954 - 2012

McPHERSON - Harry Leon "Papa Harry" Owen, 57, of McPherson, passed away on May 19 unexpectedly at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born on Dec. 27, 1954, in Great Bend, he was the son of William Emmett "Bill" and Glenda Vivian (Muench) Owen. He attended Great Bend grade schools and Great Bend High School. Currently working for Stanion Wholesale Electric Company of McPherson as a counter salesman, he had worked for them for over 22 years.

May 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


Creta Claudine Huddleston 1918 - 2012

LA CROSSE - Creta Claudine Huddleston, 93, died May 21 at Rush County Nursing Home in LaCrosse. Born Dec. 13, 1918, in rural Alexander, she was the daughter of Claude T. and Creta Marie Wright Huddleston. For almost 35 years her home was at the Rush County Nursing Home in LaCrosse, moving from Pawnee Rock.

May 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


Trevor Houston Greathouse 1994 - 2012

LARNED - Trevor Houston Greathouse, 18, passed away May 21. He was born Jan. 27, 1994, at Great Bend, the son of Randy Greathouse, and Sharon (Miller) and Ernie Boswell. A lifetime area resident, he was a student and recent graduate of Pawnee Heights High School.

May 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


Mildred Louise Cutler 1929 - 2012

CLAFLIN - Mildred Louise (Owen), Cutler, 82, died May 20. She was born June 1, 1929, in Caddoa, Colo., to Clyde Cecil and Edna Luella (Swift) Owen. A Claflin resident, formerly of Valley Center, she was a retired Koch accounting bookkeeper.

May 22, 2012 | | Obituaries


Roy Key Jr. 1923-2012

Roy Key Jr., 89, a former resident of Great Bend and Bethany, Okla., passed away May 15 in Camano Island, Wash. He was born in Chandler, Okla. on Feb. 28, 1923, the son of Roy Key and Gladys (Waller) Key. He grew up in both Oklahoma and Kansas, attending high school in Montrose. He joined the CCC's at age 17 serving as a dental assistant in Wyoming. It was during a revival at the Shannon Friend's Church that he met and later married Edna Christians, his lifelong love. They were married Sept. 14, 1942 on the Christians' farm ...

May 21, 2012 | | Obituaries


Doris May Amerine 1923-2012

Doris M. Amerine, 88, of Great Bend, passed away at Cherry Village Residential Care in Great Bend on Thursday evening, May 17, 2012. Doris was born on Nov. 7, 1923, in Great Bend to Emery Blaine and Katie E. (Brocher) Burris. A lifelong resident of Barton County, she graduated from Great Bend High School in 1941. On April 11, 1942, she was united in marriage to Maurice D. Amerine in Great Bend. He preceded her in death on Sept. 23, 1981. Doris was a devoted homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

May 21, 2012 | | Obituaries


Joseph M. Wilkening 1938-2012

LAMAR, Colo. - Joseph M. Wilkening, 71, died May 17, 2012 at his home in Lamar, Colo., with his family by his side. Born on April 19, 1938, in Lincoln, Neb., he was the son of Walter and Ruth (Ruppecht) Wilkening.

May 21, 2012 | | Obituaries


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Peggy J. Thompson 1953 - 2015

LARNED - Peggy J. Thompson, 61, passed away Jan. 19, 2015 at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita. Born July 6, 1953, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of John H. and Marjorie Wagner Niewald. On Dec. 17, 1983, she married Kelly Thompson. They later divorced. A longtime area resident, she worked at the Larned State Hospital for 23 ½ years as a LMHT.

January 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Marilou Axman 1930 - 2015

OLMITZ - Marilou Axman, 84, died Jan. 20, 2015 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 1, 1930, in Odin, she was the daughter of William and Eleanor (Hickel) Linsner. On April 20, 1949, she married Frank W. Axman in Odin. He died on May 17, 1994. A resident of Olmitz since 1949, coming from Odin, she was a retired nurses' aide, working for the Hoisington Hospital.

January 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Joseph John Zecha 1925 - 2015

Joseph John Zecha, 89, died Jan. 21, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 25, 1925, in Claflin, he was the son of Emil R. and Mary Theresa (Kinzel) Zecha. A Great Bend resident for the past year and half, living in Denver, Colo. for 50 years, he was an auto mechanic for Montgomery Ward, retiring in 1990. He was a fine example of charity to almost everyone he met, befriending numerous persons in need throughout his life. He was an animal lover, especially dogs.

January 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Joseph E. Hlavaty

OLMITZ - Joseph E. Hlavaty, 77, died Jan. 19, 2015, at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse. He was born Nov. 8, 1937, the son of Erwin J. and Clara Elizabeth (Riedel) Hlavaty. He married Justina Maneth Oct. 6, 1958, at La Crosse. A lifetime Olmitz resident, he was a dairy farmer and stockman and also the postmaster for Olmitz for 25 years.

January 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


Zaden Phillip Lee Finnigan

LA CROSSE - Zaden Phillip Lee Finnigan was delivered and passed on Jan. 18, 2015, at Hays Medical Center.

January 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


Matilda P. "Tillie" Hoth 1916 - 2015

SALINA - Matilda Pauline "Tillie" Hoth, 98, formally of Holyrood, died Jan. 18, 2015. Born Aug. 30, 1916, in Ellsworth County, she was the daughter of Fred and Anna (Kempke) Hoffman.

January 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


Garry L. Simpson 1954 - 2015

CLAFLIN - Garry L. Simpson, 60, died Jan 19, 2015, at his home in Claflin. Born July 18, 1954, in Columbia, N.C., he was the son of Howard and Beulah (Stevenson) Simpson. A resident of Claflin since 2002, coming from Roper, N.C., he was a nurse, working for Washington County Hospital and Central Kansas Medical Center, and formerly owned and operated Prairie House Flowers and Gifts.

January 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


Joseph “Joe” Hlavaty

OLMITZ - Joseph "Joe" Hlavaty, 77, died Jan. 19 at Locust Grove Nursing Home, LaCrosse. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, Kansas.

January 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


Solomon “Sam” Maier 1911 - 2015

Solomon "Sam" Maier, 103, died Jan. 18, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 3, 1911, in rural Barton County, he was the son of Henry Jacob and Anna Marie (Daubert) Maier. On Sept. 24, 1947, he married Betty Jo Mangum in Lubbock, Texas. She died on Dec. 7, 2000. A resident of Great Bend since 1964, coming from rural Susank, he worked for Producers Gas Company, retiring in 1976. He enjoyed fishing, and pheasant, dove and rabbit hunting.

January 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


Rose Bryant 1942 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Rose Marie Bryant, 73, died Jan. 17, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Jan. 7, 1942, in Chase, she was the daughter of George and Georgia (Moore) Bird. She was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Lincoln. On Jan. 27, 1961, she married Carl Lee Bryant in Lincoln. A longtime resident of Hoisington, she was employed for 17 1/2 years as a CNA on the night shift at Cheyenne Meadows Nursing Home. She and her husband both shared a love of fishing.

January 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


Jan Carpenter Sink 1935 - 2015

MCPHERSON - Jan Carpenter Sink, 79, wife, mother and grandmother, died Jan. 16, at Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita. Born May 12, 1935, McPherson, she was the daughter of Fred D. and Evelyn M. (Sward) Carpenter. In 1953, she graduated from McPherson High School. On Jan. 28, 1956, she was united in marriage to Edwin L. Sink, Jr. in McPherson. He preceded her in death on Feb. 11, 1999. She had worked for State Farm Insurance and Tri-County Special Education Co-op, both in Independence, before retiring from Commerce Bank in Bonner Springs, and relocating to McPherson. She volunteered at Save N ...

January 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


Gregory Alan “Greg” Bitter 1959-2015

HOISINGTON - Gregory Alan "Greg" Bitter, 55, died Jan. 19 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born Sept. 6, 1959, he was the son of Harry and Irene (Deutsch) Bitter.

January 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


Richard E. Johnson 1937 - 2015

HOLYROOD - Richard E. Johnson, 77, died Jan. 18, at his home. Born Oct. 18, 1937, in West Grove, Pa. he was the son of Samuel H. and Blanche A. Johnson. He grew up in Rising Sun, Md. On Aug. 30, 1958, he married Grace Wilkens Johnson in Lorraine. She survives. A resident of Holyrood since 2005, having moved from the farm 3 miles east of town, he was a farmer and rancher.

January 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


Velma V. Stieben 1924 - 2015

OTIS - Velma V. Stieben, 90, died Jan. 17, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born May 28, 1924, in rural Galatia, she was the daughter of Henry and Anna M. (Koch) Miller. In 1942, she graduated from Otis Rural High School. On Aug. 29, 1943, she married Lester M. Stieben at Otis. He preceded her in death on Nov. 28, 2004. A lifelong resident of Rush County, she was a homemaker.

January 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


​William Francis “Bill” Maneth 1933 - 2015

William Francis "Bill" Maneth, 81, died Jan. 16, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born March 13, 1933, at Great Bend, the son of William Leo and Mary Teresa (Mauler) Maneth. He married Kay Ellen Dorfshaffer Aug. 24, 1957, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Great Bend. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he worked for various retail firms around Great Bend as a counter parts man, retiring from Great Bend Farm Equipment in 1996.

January 17, 2015 | | Obituaries


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