ELLSWORTH - Bernece Lancaster Milner, 103, died Aug. 31, 2011 in Ellsworth.
GREAT BEND - Joan C. "Jo" Rosenbaum, 67, died August 30, 2011 at the Ellsworth County Medical Center.
LAS VEGAS, NEV. - Earl Marion Amerine, 95, of Las Vegas, Nev., passed away on March 10, 2011. He was born in Great Bend and had been a resident of Las Vegas, Nev. since 1987.
DENVER. COLO. - Neil L. Dougherty, 82, resident of Denver, Colo., born Jan. 11, 1929, in Codell, Rooks County, Kan., passed away on Aug. 29.
HUDSON - Arlene K. "Hett" Sittner, 70, died Sunday at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. Born Feb. 27, 1941 at Marion she was the daughter of Homer and Wilma Bowers Hett. She was a graduate of Westmar College and received her master's degree from KSU. She was a home economics teacher and was the church secretary for Peace Church and Trinity Community Church, both of Hudson. She was an active member of the Peace Church. On July 21, 1972 she married Marvin Sittner at Marion.
Paul D. Langen, 73, of Great Bend, died Aug. 28 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was born March 2, 1938 in Easton, Penn., the son of William J. and Nan Conard Langen who preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School in Philadelphia, Penn. He was a veteran of Berlin Airlift 7th Army, 56th Medical Battalion.
ELLINWOOD - Esther I. Burhenn, 97, died Aug. 26 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Feb. 21, 1914 in Barton County, she was the daughter of Paul and Lillian (Foelgner) Kasselman. In 1932, she graduated from Ellinwood High School. On Jan. 27, 1939 she married Ralph Burhenn in Stafford. He died on June 23, 1993. She was lifetime resident of Barton County. Before her retirement, she was a school teacher in Ellinwood. She moved to Great Bend in 1950 and was a cook at Harrison Middle School and then for the central kitchen facility for USD 428.
WILSON - Lucille Weber, 91, died Aug. 26, at the Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Sept. 19, 1919 in Dubuque, she was the daughter of William and Katie Weber Polzin. On Nov. 8, 1944, she married Marland Weber in Beaver. He died Aug. 2, 1997. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a partner with her brother John Polzin and operated the J&L Department Store for 10 years. In 1971, she was elected to head the Wilson Chamber of Commerce, and was the first lady president of the organization. She was elected unanimously to serve a second ...
WICHITA - Venita E. Moore, 89, died Aug. 26 at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita. Born Sept. 11, 1921 in Rush County, she was the daughter of E.M. and Mollie Ernst Moore. She graduated from LaCrosse High School in 1939, and attended Fort Hays Kansas State College. A resident of Wichita for 36 1/2 years, coming from Dallas, Texas, she was employed for several years by Federal Land Bank, working in their LaCrosse, Oberlin and Larned offices. She then worked for an oil company in Great Bend, transferring to their San Antonio, Texas office.
AURORA, Colo. - Sandra June (Burroughs) Wamsley passed away Aug.19.
ELLINWOOD - Eugene (Gene) R. Starnes, 80, died Aug. 27, 2011, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. He was born Sept. 30, 1930, at Kansas City, Kan., to Walter Johnson Starnes and Julia Catherine Bush Starnes. He married Edna Kathryn LeManske on Feb. 18, 1952, at Stony Point. A longtime resident of Ellinwood and Chase, he had been a policeman in Ellinwood and retired from Fuller Brush in Great Bend.
STERLING - Rebecca Lynn "Bec" Boyd, 36, died August 23, 2011 in rural Sterling as a result of an automobile accident.
GARDNER - Frances Ann "The Wop" Minyen, 70, of Gardner, passed away August 23, 2011 at Olathe Medical Center surrounded by her family.
GREAT BEND -- Gary Krien, 62, died Aug. 10 at his home, the result of a heart attack. He was born Dec. 7, 1948.
Donna Belle Burns, 76, died Aug. 23, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born Sept. 13, 1934 at Larned, the daughter of Merne F. and Lola Belle (Hager) Robinson.
HOISINGTON -Merle Steiner, 81, of Hoisington died Monday, March 3 at Golden Living Center in Wakefield. He was born Nov. 14, 1932 at Odin, the son of Louis and Lenora (Ummel) Steiner.
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 ...