Michael Lee Jackson, 56, died Sept. 7 at his residence in Great Bend. He was born Dec. 19, 1953, at Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Mack Jackson, Sr. and Bruenetter Wrotten. He was a 1971 graduate of Al Reed High School in Dumas, Ark. He was a cook in many restaurants.
Kenneth Don Ukens, 73, of Great Bend, died Sept. 10 at his residence. Born Nov. 1, 1936, at Great Bend, he was the son of Wesley and Ella (Petersen) Ukens. He was a yard man for Foster Lumber, Everitt Lumber and Nicholson Lumber Yard.
Delbert A. Sloan, 89, of Great Bend, died Sept. 9 at his home. Service arrangements are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, and will be announced.
STAFFORD - Laura Ethel Stewart, 95, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Harry Hynes Hospice Section of St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. She was born on June 10, 1915, at her parents' home in Lawrenceville, Ill., the daughter of Richard John Kneidl and Laura Ethel Price Kneidl. Laura was a 1932 graduate of Tulsa (Okla.) High School and received a degree in Ancient Languages and graduated magna cum laude from Sterling College in 1936. Following graduation, Laura taught Latin and English in Alma for one year before marrying her college sweetheart, Ritchey Stewart, on June ...
Christopher Wayne Gross, 34, of Great Bend, died Sept. 3 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Sept. 29, 1975, at Garden City, the son of Steven F. and Sharon Newton Gross. He was a general laborer and a former Pratt resident, moving to Great Bend in 2008.
HOISINGTON - Junior Lee Patterson, 84, died Sept. 9 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. He was born Jan. 1, 1926, at Collinville, Okla., the son of Pet and Alma (Johnson) Innman. He married Betty J. Phillips on Sept. 24, 1948, at Beaver. He worked for NCRA as a production foreman for 41 years, retiring in 1988. He was a longtime Hoisington resident and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
MANHATTAN - Dr. Kenneth M. Boese, 84, Manhattan, passed away Sept. 8 at the Leonardville Nursing Home, Leonardville. He was born Sept. 30, 1925, at Hoisington, the son of Jacob Boese and Mabel Whipple Boese. He grew up in Hoisington, where he attended the local schools. He was a graduate of the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and the Kansas University School of Medicine.
SALINA - Cynthia Sue Killen, 59, died Sept. 5. Born July 20, 1951, in Holdrege, Neb., she was the daughter of Allen and Nadine Braun. She graduated from Norton High School and attended Brown-Mackie College in Salina. She married Ron Ladish. They divorced. She then married Jay Killen. She was employed at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend, as a secretary in the laboratory department and at CPI, and later at Cox Communications in Salina.
OSAGE CITY - Edward Kooi passed away Sept. 7 in Osage City. Ed was born Nov. 19, 1930. at New York City, N.Y., to Dirk and Mary (Bierman) Kooi. He made the Air Force his career. While stationed in Topeka he met and married Milda Dietz on Aug. 13, 1967. She preceded in death Aug. 10, 1996. They moved with his career and eventually settled in Arvada, Colo. Later Ed and Milda moved to Lyndon and Ed worked for the Air National Guard in Topeka until his second retirement.
Edna Weiss Klusener, of Great Bend, was born May 16, 1929, to Frank and Marie (Weiser) Weiss in Great Bend and returned home to heaven Aug. 16 at the age of 81. Edna played many parts on the stage of life; she was the obedient daughter of Frank and Marie Weiss, and she became the faithful wife of Richard D. Klusener on Sept. 15, 1948. Richard and Edna shared 49 beautiful years of marriage until her beloved husband passed away Sept. 3, 1997. Their marriage was blessed with three loving, loyal and caring children, Sharon Klusener-Alexander, San Diego, Calif., infant ...
Dorothy Bowman 1921 - 2010
Marjorie Marie Pizel, 88, died Sept. 3 at Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend. She was born Nov. 25, 1921, at Kanorado, the daughter of Raymond and Ida (Stalgren) Wright. She married Herbert L. Pizel June 20, 1942, at Goodland.
Eugene P. "Gene" Weber, 53, died Sept. 2 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. He was born June 1, 1957 at Great Bend, the son of George and Lydia (Schwartz) Weber.
Donald Gene "Fergy" Ferguson, 74, died Sept. 3 at his Great Bend home. He was born June 21, 1936 at Hardy, Arkansas, the son of Forest and Doris (Richardson) Ferguson. He married Opal McKnight May 19, 1955 at Great Bend. A Great Bend resident for sixty years, coming from Wichita, Kansas, Mr. Ferguson was owner and operator of Fergy's Enterprises, which he started June 21, 1978. He retired from his love of driving his loader in 2009.
HOISINGTON - Dennis Thummel, 65, died Sept. 1 at Country Place Assisted Living, Hoisington. He was born Sept. 2, 1944, at Englewood, Colo., the son of Walter and Eleanor Korte Thummel. He married Shirley Packard on July 20, 1965. He was formerly of Brighton, Colo. He was educated at Selden and served in the U.S. Navy. He managed cooperatives at several locations in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Colorado. He was retired.
HOISINGTON - Lorene C. Horton, 86, died March 5, 2014 at Wheatland Nursing Center in Russell.
WILSON - Michael Lee Stevenson, 66, died March 3 at his home in Wilson. He was born Aug. 11, 1947 in Great Bend to Harold and Helen (Read) Stevenson.
LINCOLN, Neb. - Kenneth E. Kaiser, 91, passed away Jan. 13, in Crete, Neb. He was born Nov. 21, 1922 in Shaffer, the son of John and Rachel (Hanhardt) Kaiser.
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.