RAYMOND - Otis Blackburn, 87, died Feb. 12 at Raymond. Born Aug. 31, 1923 in Cushing, Okla., he was the son of Thomas Jefferson and Willie Mae Lowe Blackburn. A resident of Raymond most of his life, he was a retired truck driver and mechanic. On May 16, 1941, he married Altus Higgins in Pawnee, Okla. In 1964 he married Jenny Melton. She died on Nov. 30, 1994.
MANHATTAN – Mary Helen Volkmann, 98, died Feb. 10 at Mercy Regional Hospital, Manhattan. She was born Sept. 6, 1912, at WaKeeney, the daughter of Edward David and Ethel Mae (Dorns) Hobbick.
LEAVENWORTH - Charles "Charlie" Sydney Brown, 76, was born in Leavenworth, Oct. 13, 1934, to Lucy Elizabeth "Betty" Bromell Brown and Ralph C. Brown, and died Feb. 11, at his home in rural Leavenworth. He married Regina Mary "Jean Marie" Theis Brown, on June 29, 1957, at Corpus Christi Church, Mooney Creek.
HUTCHINSON - Rolland J. "Curly" Maynard, 84, a loving father and grandfather, went to his Father's Home on Feb. 12 from Hospice House in Hutchinson. Born March 24, 1926, in Colby, he was the son of George and Avis Gaswint Maynard. He had attended Great Bend High School. A resident of Hutchinson, he had previously lived in Great Bend and Mesa, Ariz. He had owned A&W Root Beer Drive-in and had worked for Holiday Rambler Travel Trailer as a travel coordinator. Her was a carpenter and volunteer firefighter in Great Bend. On Sept. 3, 1946, he married Goldie Mae ...
OAK LAWN, Ill. - Irene Clara (Schroeder) Carl, 94, died Feb. 14 at Manor Care at Oak Lawn West, Ill. She was born Oct. 3, 1916, at Barton County, the daughter of Henry J. and Clara Frances (Geil) Schroeder. She married Ralph E. "Pete" Carl on July 6, 1943, at Albert. He died Oct. 15, 1975. She worked for Burlington Overall Factory as a seamstress. A Great Bend resident since 1977, coming from Chanute, she moved to Oak Lawn in 2005.
LARNED - E. Ross McBee, 71, died on Feb. 11 at St. John. He was born Nov. 26, 1939, at Fowler, the son of Cecil Frank and Virginia Gene Beaver McBee. A resident of Larned since 1962, he was retired from the Larned State Hospital.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Joy Amalie Deighton passed away on Feb. 10 at age 92. She was born in Rosetown, Saskatoon, Canada on Aug. 5, 1918, to Joseph and Josephine Suchy, who moved from Kansas to homestead in Canada in the early 1900s. While in Canada, Joy and five sisters were born before the family returned to Kansas.
Donal Lee Kelly, 76, of Great Bend, died Feb. 11 at Hospice House in Hutchinson. Services are pending and will be announced by Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend.
GREAT BEND - Larry L. Menzies, 74, died Feb. 8 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was born Jan. 12, 1937 at Morrowville, the son of Hubert and Lois (Bahl) Menzies.
Larry L. Menzies, 74, of Great Bend, died Feb. 8 at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend.
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WASH. – Eugene Charles Schardein, formerly of Great Bend, died Feb. 7 at the age of 83 at the ManorCare Health Services facility in Lynnwood, Wash.
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ELLINWOOD - June Schiewe, 80, died Feb. 6 at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born June 16, 1930, in Sylvia, she was the daughter of Harry Merwin Shultz and Electa Lee Strawn Shultz. She attended Nickerson schools. An Ellinwood resident since 1963, formerly of San Diego, Calif., and Nickerson, she was a sales clerk at Litwin's and Brown's in Great Bend and the manager of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. On Sept. 12, 1977, she married Harold E. Schiewe in Ellinwood. He died on Dec. 9, 2008.
Pearl Margaret Mater, 96, died Feb. 4 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation. She was born Dec. 30, 1914 in Rush County, the daughter of Oliver Jefferson and Julie Marie (Koochel) Crowell.
James C. Burnette, 77, died Oct. 20 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 6, 1937 at Salina, he was the son of Cecil Marion and Stella M. (Lackey) Burnette.
KINSLEY - J. Craig Heinz, 66, died Oct. 17, at Hays Medical Center. Born Oct. 23, 1947, in Spearville, he was the son of Jim and Rosemary (McKillip) Heinz. He was a Finance Controller.
BEATRICE, Neb. - Karen L. Kirkpatrick, 88 years and 27 days of age, passed away at her home Saturday morning, Oct. 18th. She was born on Sept. 20, 1926, in Hoisington, to Duke and Opal (Sypolt) Van Brimmer. Karen was a 1944 graduate of Hoisington High School and attended Wichita State University for two years. Karen and William Kirkpatrick were married on May 7, 1948, in Hoisington. She then taught school at a rural school near Great Bend from 1949-1950. They moved to Beatrice from Stinett, Texas in 1954; lived in Oklahoma and then back to Beatrice in 1957; lived in ...
BRYAN, Texas - Lucio Armando Cano, 54, passed away Oct. 15. Born March 1, 1960, in Mexico, he was the son of Guadalupe (Montes) Cano. Armando was a loving soul and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
LARNED - Dale Otte, 76, passed away Oct. 17, at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Jan. 4, 1938, in Great Bend, he was the son of Wilmer and Leah Dorfshaffer Otte. A longtime area resident he was a farmer/stockman. On Sept. 16, 1956, he married Karen Rice in Great Bend. She survives.
GREAT BEND – Douglas Dean Shelton, 65, died Oct. 17, 2014 at his home in Great Bend.
DALLAS, Texas – Gilbert Roger Bates, loving father and grandfather, 90, died Oct. 16, 2014 at Medical City Hospital, Dallas.
WICHITA - Donald Eugene Hewitt, 90, died Oct. 12th. He was a former Cities Service Oil Co. Engineer, Antique Dealer/Collector, Patriarch of family and business, Hewitt's Antiques.
BRYAN, Texas - Lucio Armando Cano, 54, of Bryan passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014.
PAWNEE ROCK - Laura Jean Miller, 86, passed away Oct. 9, at her home in Pawnee Rock. Born June 19, 1928, in Salt Lake City, Utah, she was the daughter of Horace B. and Laura Crawford Rogers. On April 28, 1992, she married Edward W. Miller in Littleton, Colo. He passed away on Nov. 27, 2008. She was a homemaker.
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. - John Richard Stiff Sr. passed away on Monday, October 13. John was born in Ashtabula, Ohio on May 23, 1933, and worked briefly in the Merchant Marines before beginning a distinguished career in the industrial gas business. Beginning with a hydrogen plant in Painesville, Ohio in 1957, John was involved in a number of national and international helium projects where he earned a reputation as the foremost expert in the production of helium. In addition to projects in Otis, Navajo, Ariz., and Shiprock, N.M., John managed the development of a helium project in Poland and consulted on ...
RUSSELL - Richard Henry Dumler, 88, found peace on Oct. 14, after a long battle with multiple illnesses. At the time of his death, he lived at Rose Estates assisted living in Overland Park. Born on April 19, 1926, in Russell, he was the son of Henry and Agnes Dumler. His mother later married Ted Gariepy. He attended high school in Russell, where he was a sports star. There he met cheerleader Betty Joanne Kilian. He entered the service in 1944, serving in the United States Army Air Force until 1945. He married Betty Jo on June 1, 1947.
OVERLAND PARK -Richard H. Dumler, 88, died Oct. 14 in Overland Park. Services are pending with Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary.
Reymundo Martinez, 27, passed away on Oct. 11, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born on Dec. 29, 1986, in Garden City, he was the son of Martin Martinez and Lupe (Rubio) Martinez. He moved to Great Bend, at an early age and worked construction with his godfather, Arturo Escamilla.
BURWELL, NEB. - Donitta Ann Conrad, 50, of Burwell, Neb. died on Oct. 11, at home after a courageous battle with cancer. Born Jan. 13, 1964, in Ransom, she was the daughter of Donald and Ruby (Armer) Popp. She attended elementary school at Pawnee Rock, and in 1982, graduated from Hoisington High School. After graduation she attended Barton Community College where she received her associate's degree. On April 27, 1985, she married JP Conrad in Hoisington. They lived in Kansas for a time before moving to Burwell, Neb. in 1987. She was employed by the Community Memorial Health Center in ...