Gavoyn Mathew Bunch, 16 months, died Sept. 1, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born April 21, 2010 at Wichita the son of Brian Cody and Casey Reenea (Hupfer) Bunch. He was a lifetime Great Bend, Kansas resident.
OTIS - Esther Brack 98, died Aug. 31 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Dec. 17, 1912 in Otis, she was the daughter of George and Sophia (Kindsvater) Freidenberger. On April 9, 1931 she married Harry Edward Brack in Otis. He died on Jan. 21, 1984. A lifelong resident of Rush County, she was a nurses aid at the Rush County Memorial Hospital in LaCrosse before her retirement.
GILBERT, ARIZ. - Roy William Froetschner Jr., died Aug. 29. Roy was the second son born to Roy Sr. and Mary (Stauffer) Froetschner on Dec. 12, 1921 He graduated from Larned High School class of 1939. On Nov 22, 1961, Roy married Maggie Akers in Larned. He retired from the ASCS Office in Larned in the mid 1980s. Roy and Maggie eventually made their permanent home in Florence, Ariz.
Elden M. Kraft, 83, died Aug. 31 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Jan. 13, 1928 in rural Hodgeman County, he was the son of Carl and Matilda (Popp) Kraft. On Jan. 1, 1949 he married Laura Fairbank in Bazine. A resident of Great Bend since 1954, coming from Dodge City, he was a supervisor for Centel Electric in Great Bend until his retirement.
KANSAS CITY - Joyce K. Gunning, 64, of Kansas City, Kan. went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Aug. 28. Joyce was born March 12, 1947 in Cimmeron, N.M. to Delbert and Norma (Pedersen) Bisterfeldt and had lived in this area most of her life.
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 ...
TOPEKA - Services for Laura Linn Knowles will be at 10 a.m on Wednesday, May 27, at First Presbyterian Church in Topeka. Burial will follow at 4 p.m. at Glasco Cemetery. Laura will lie in state after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel where the family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Helping Hands Humane Society, Glasco Community Foundation, or Brain Tumor Center of New Jersey, all in care of the funeral home. To read the full obituary visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.
OSBORNE - Kenneth G. "Shorty" Hackerott, formally of Pawnee Rock, died on Feb. 28, 2015, at Parkview Care Center in Osborne. Born on July 17, 1936, in Rooks County, he was the son of Otto R. Hackerott and Belle (Mitchell) Hackerott. He loved books, old cars, trucks and tractors and enjoyed the 3-I shows.
HOISINGTON - Luella "Lu" Fercking, 78, went to be with her Lord on May 10, 2015, at Hays Medical Center. Born Jan. 3, 1937, in Comanche County, at her Aunt Faye's farm house, she was the daughter of John and Lillie Cline. In 1954, she graduated from Ness City High School. On June 3, 1954, she married Robert "Ray" Fercking. He went to be with his Lord on Oct. 3, 2001. They moved to Great Bend in 1968. She worked at Data Industries, Volkswagen, and the printing shop for the Great Bend Tribune. She and her husband started Lu's ...