William J. "Bill" Welsh Jr. 76, died March 28 at his home in Great Bend. Born Jan. 19, 1936, at Great Bend, he was the son of William John and Catherine Frances (Befort) Welsh, Sr. He married Mary Agnes Schneweis on May 14, 1960, at Great Bend. She died April 10, 1989. He married Karen A. (Torline) Shore on March 5, 1996, at Las Vegas, Nev. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he was a farmer.
GREAT BEND - John J. Brown, 70, died March 27, 2012 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
LARNED - Mary Alice Stegman, 86, died March 25, 2012 at Hospice of Reno County in Hutchinson.
ELLINWOOD -Pamela Reser, 57 died March 25, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Services are pending with Kimple Funeral Home in Ellinwood.
Magdalene Elizabeth Schauf, 79, died on March 24 at Memorial Hospital, McPherson. She was born April 12, 1932 at Beaver, the daughter of Joseph L. and Lena (Hoffman) Schneweis. She was a 1951 graduate of Hoisington High School.
BISON - Alberta J. Freidenberger, 83, died March 23 at Hays Medical Center-Hadley Campus. Born Oct. 1, 1928 in Claflin, she was the daughter of Conrad and Mary (Kukula) Hoffman. In 1946, she graduated from Claflin High School. A resident of Rush County since 1949, she was a homemaker and a bus driver for USD 403 for 20 years. On May 22, 1949, she married Alex J. Freidenberger in Odin. Mrs. Freidenberger was a former member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Women's Auxiliary and Women of Evangelical Lutheran Churches of America of Trinity Lutheran Church, both of Otis.
LARNED - Mary Alice Stegman died March 25 at Hospice of Reno County in Hutchinson. Arrangements are pending with Morell Funeral Home in Larned.
RUSSELL - James J. "Jim" Schumacher, 75, of Russell died on March 24 at the Russell Regional Hospital. Born on Feb. 28, 1937 in Park, he was the son of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Stecklein) Schumacher. He grew up and attended the country school near Grainfield. Later, he joined the United States Navy during the post Korean War era. He met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Geneva Schmidt on Oct. 7, 1961 in Grinnell. From this union they were blessed with four children Shelly, Tod, Bruce and Brian. Jim was a skilled carpenter and was owner and operator ...
RUSSELL - Ethel "Mae" Ricketts, 50, died March 25 at her home in Russell. Born Nov. 20, 1961 in Sterling, Colo., she was the daughter of Charles and Tonya Jane (Tootle) Denning. In 1981 she was married to Richard Ricketts in Great Bend. A resident of Russell, she was an LPN at various hospitals. She liked crocheting, quilting and reading.
AUGUSTA - Joyce A. French, 76, Augusta, died March 22 at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. She was born on April 15, 1935, in Ponca City, Okla., the daughter of Anthony G. and Ruth P. Casteel Brizendine. On Aug. 14, 1954, she married Lyle D. French in Eureka. He preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1982. She graduated from Eureka High School and then attended Emporia Teachers College. She worked as a secretary and a bookkeeper.
YUMA, Ariz. - Wanda Nadine Meyer, 80, of Yuma, Ariz., passed away peacefully at 3 p.m. on March 16. She was born in Great Bend on Jan. 24, 1932, to Edward and Sarah Etta Keys.
Naomi Janell (Jan) Williams died on March 9. Born on June 9, 1926, in Hayworth, Okla., she was the daughter of William McKinley "Bill" Whala and Lessie Whala. In 1943 she graduated from Ellinwood High School. She retired from Civil Service at Tinker Air Force Base.
TOPEKA - Lenora Jean McMillan, 83, of Topeka, went home to be with her Lord on March 23, at her home. She was born Feb. 11, 1929, in Fort Scott, the daughter of Eugene and Edith Duncan Johnston. She attended Great Bend High School and obtained an Associate of Arts Degree in Nursing from Barton County Community College. The early years of her life were spent raising her family in Great Bend before moving to Topeka in 1975.
McPHERSON - Magdalene E. Schauf, 79, died March 24, 2012, at McPherson Hospital. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
ELLINWOOD - Betty R. Standlee, 88 died Feb. 28, 2015, at Leisure Homestead, St. John. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
PAWNEE ROCK - Jason Wayne Green, 33, died Feb. 26, 2015, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was born Nov. 1, 1981, at Terre Haute, Indiana, the son of Buck and Sally Green. He married Brandie Bunch March 23, 2013, at Larned. A Pawnee Rock resident, he was a kitchen manager for Gambino's Pizza.
LaVerna C. Moore, 80, died Feb. 26, 2015, at the Hays Medical Center. Born April 11, 1934, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of G.F. and Christina (Cook) Ohnmacht. Originally from Olmitz, she married Walter B. Moore Jr. on Sept. 8, 1956, at Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, Chicago, Ill. He died Oct. 17, 2002. A Great Bend resident since 1991, returning from Chicago, she was a homemaker.
SARASOTA, Fla. - Vicky Boger Trivett, 76, died on Feb. 21, 2015. Born May 17, 1938, in Ulm, Germany, she was the daughter of Fredrich and Rosa Bauder. On April 27, 1960, she married Richard Dean Boger in Columbus, Ga. The couple resided in Great Bend from 1960 to 1974, before moving to Ellinwood from 1974-2002. They owned Boger Pharmacy in Ellinwood and Boger Gift Gallery in Great Bend. On April 19, 2002, Richard passed away. On Oct. 3, 2003, Vicky married Preston Trivett. The couple resided in Sarasota, Fla.
HOISINGTON - Phil DeMoss, 64, died Feb. 23, 2015, at Clara Barton Hospital.
GREAT BEND - Ramona Mae Durbin, 84, died Feb. 26, 2015 at her home in Great Bend.
ROUND ROCK, Texas - Kaye Sanders, 65, passed away Feb. 24, 2015 at Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock. She recently began dialysis and died from an unknown illness.
TOPEKA - Kyle Ann Lichter, 51, Topeka, passed away Feb. 24, 2015.
HOISINGTON - Eugene H. Bitter, 83, died Feb. 22, 2015, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born March 30, 1931, on the family farm near Susank, he was the son of Julius and Emilie (Schmidt) Bitter. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, Eugene was a farmer, stockman and fisherman.
OREM, Utah - Delpha Irene Freeman Douglas died Feb. 20th. Born July 11, 1905, at Bogard, Carrollton County, Mo., she was the daughter of John Franklin Freeman and Alice Virginia Smith Freeman. On Aug. 2, 1924, she married Charlie Nelson Douglas in Anthony. He died on Sept. 17, 1981.
HOISINGTON - Eugene H. Bitter, 84, died Feb. 22, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born March 30, 1930, on the family farm near Susank, he was the son of Julius and Emilie (Schmidt) Bitter. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, Eugene was a farmer, stockman and fisherman.
ALBERT - LoRay D. George, 83, died Feb. 21, at Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care in La Crosse. Born Sept. 1, 1931, in rural Albert he was the son of Herman "H. D." and Hilda "A. C." (Tammen) George. On Aug. 21, 1959, he married Anna Mae Wheeler at Peace Lutheran Church in Albert. She preceded him in death Feb. 3, 2002. A lifelong resident of Rush County he was a farmer.
LARNED - Larry L. Fleske, 55, passed away Feb. 20, at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Oct. 9, 1959, in Great Bend, he was the son of Walter W. and Rena J. Eveleigh Fleske. On Jan. 14, 1989, he married Sharon L. Horne in Great Bend. She survives. A lifetime area resident of Larned he was farmer/stockman.
LARNED - Gerald P. (Short) Penka, 62, passed away Jan. 11, 2015, at his home in Norwood, Mass., following a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.
GREAT BEND – Lloyd Earl Donham, 81, died Feb. 18, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.