SUSANK - Bryon R. Monaghan, 46, died Dec. 12 at his residence in Susank. Born Aug. 14, 1965, in Cheyenne, Wyo., he was the son of Duane Pope and Tammie (Homan) Rausch. A resident of Susank for five years, coming from Albuquerque, N.M., he was a very talented self-employed woodworker and carpenter.
HOISINGTON - Shawn Alan Ney, 33, died Dec. 10 in Great Bend. Born Dec. 16, 1977, in Hoisington, he was the son of Michael and Debra (Bennett) Ney. A lifelong resident of Barton County, he graduated from Barton Community College with an Associate in Science degree from the LPN program.
Ross Behrens, 56, died Dec. 11 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 18, 1955, in Great Bend, he was the son of Fred and Dorothy (Ratliff) Behrens Jr. On Jan. 31, 1975, he married Karen Nagel in Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a truck driver and a machinist for Aaron's Repair.
Elsie L. Swope, 90, died Dec. 11 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Dec. 31, 1920, in Salem, Ill., she was the daughter of Clyde and Katherine (Brubaker) Barrow. In Aug. 1938 she married Charles Chester Collier. He died on Feb. 8, 1944. On April 11, 1965, she married Edward L. Swope in Salem, Ill. He died on Aug. 8, 1974. A resident of Great Bend since 1976, coming from Salem, Ill., she was a homemaker, a bank teller, and had worked in a shoe store and a dress shop.
HOISINGTON - Priscilla Ann (Engel) Benignus was born in Herington on Oct. 9, 1931, the daughter of Oscar and Hortense (Ehrsam) Engel, and was raised in Enterprise. She graduated from Kansas State University with a teaching certificate and taught at Simpson. On May 25, 1952, she married Robert M. Benignus. They lived in Alton for several years before moving to Hoisington in 1955. Robert preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 2009. While raising her family, Priscilla substitute taught in Hoisington and then worked for the Central Kansas Girl Scout Council, training and supporting Girl Scout leaders in Barton and surrounding ...
F. Paul Miller, 83, died Dec. 10 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. He was born March 19, 1928, at Selden, the son of Morton and Adelaide (Gage) Miller. He married Augusta Zeilinger on June 19, 1958, at Heidelberg, Germany. He was a Great Bend resident since 2002, coming from Mundelein, Ill.
Velda L. Brittain, 76, died Dec. 6. She took her last breath at home surrounded by family. Born Aug. 12, 1935, at Cushing, Okla., she was the daughter of Walter and Arkie (Bunch) McMahan. She was a graduate of Cushing High School. She married Robert L. "Bob" Brittain Jan. 1, 1954, at Cushing, Oklahoma.
MANHATTAN - Zelma Marie Dodge, 94, Manhattan, passed away on Dec. 09 at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community. She was born Dec. 10, 1916, on a farm near Hoisington, the daughter of Clara (Bicknell) and Charles Finn.
Georgia Spence, 87, died Dec. 9 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Feb. 9, 1924, at Purcell, Okla., she was the daughter of Roy and Luna (Clutz) Sims. She married Gordon Spence on Feb. 15, 1947, at Winfield. He died May 20, 1985. A lifetime Great Bend resident, she was former owner and operator of Dairy Queen, and was a homemaker.
Kathryn "Katie" Saenz, 83, died Dec. 8 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. She was born Nov. 13, 1928, at Lamar, Colo., the daughter of Pedro and Maria (Bravo) Godinez. She married Joe A. Saenz Sept. 8, 1947, at Lamar, Colo. He died Sept. 29, 2001. A Great Bend resident since 1954, coming from Lamar, she was a cook for Holiday Inn, Highland Manor and the Senior Center.