STAFFORD – Doris E. (Clair) Witt, 84, passed away Sept. 1, 2016 at Stafford. Born June 3, 1932 at St. Rose Hospital, Great Bend, she was the daughter of Walter Clair and Lois Heyen Clair. On Dec. 14, 1950 she married Vernon Witt at Gainsville, Texas. Doris and Vernon had two children: Debra J. (Witt) Newell and Kim V. Witt.
DERBY - Larry D. Hart, 66, died at his home Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. He was born March 3, 1950, to Otis and Ruby (Henning) Hart in Great Bend. After graduating from Great Bend High School in 1968, Larry attended Sterling College where he earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology. He later earned his master's degree in Counseling from Pittsburg State University where he met and married Sandy Stroup on May 25, 1974. Larry and Sandy moved to Dodge City, where he was a counselor for Vocation Rehabilitation Services.
LEAWOOD - Marjorie "Marj" Christopher, 94, died Aug. 30, 2016, at Grace of Leawood Assisted Living Facility. She was born Nov. 5, 1921, in rural Hoisington, the daughter of Roy E. and Emma W. (Beetz) Underwood.
LARNED - Shelbi Paige Werner, 29, passed away Aug. 28, 2016, peacefully at home while battling a long courageous fight with diabetes. She was born April 17, 1987, in Kingman, the daughter of Michael S. and Teri L. Denton Werner. She was a fun loving person with an easy going attitude and had an infectious laugh that could brighten anyone's day. She was a free spirit and loved her family and friends beyond words. Her strength and smile shined bright even on her darkest days. She enjoyed being outdoors and truly loved playing with her nephews. Her life may have ...
NEWTON - Ann E. Musser, 50, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at Via Christi Saint Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. She was born Nov. 17, 1965 at Great Bend, daughter of Victor F. and Evelyn (Johanning) Hoffman. She married Todd A. Musser on July 10, 2004 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Hoisington.
BETHANY, Okla. - Terry Lee Riddle, 38, died Aug. 27, 2016, at Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla. He was born Jan. 8, 1978, at Phoenix, Ariz., the son of Ron and Shannon (Pound) DeHaan. He was a 1996 graduate of Macksville High School. He enjoyed playing football and running track, especially hurdles, at Macksville and ran in the AAU Nationals at Rochester, Minn. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being with family. Terry was previously employed by Fuller Brush, Devine Masonry and Chase Well Service, all of Great Bend; and Key Energy of Oklahoma City, Okla.
HOXIE - C. Carl Gaede, 87, died Aug. 26, 2016, in Quinter. Born Aug. 17, 1929, in Hoxie, he was the son of Christian (Chris) E. and Amanda M. (Brandhorst) Gaede. On April 5, 1953, he married Arleda Ehlers at the Zion Lutheran Church in Lahoma, Okla. He was a farmer/stockman.
NEWTON - Ann E. Musser, 50 passed away on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at Via Christi Saint Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. She was born Nov. 17, 1965 at Great Bend, daughter of Victor F. and Evelyn (Johanning) Hoffman. She married Todd A. Musser on July 10, 2004 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Hoisington.A Newton resident, she was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, MOM's Group and Home-Ec Teachers Club. She was a 1984 graduate of Hoisington High School and graduated from Fort Hays State University.
LOVELAND, Colo. - Carol "Dian" Quint, 68, died Aug. 24, 2016 at the University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, Colo. She was born Sept. 20, 1947 at Great Bend, the daughter of Morris and Louise (Budde) Brack. She married Terry Quint Feb. 22, 1992 at Kansas City. Mrs. Quint was employed by Essex and retired as a mail sorter for the United States Postal Service. A Loveland resident the past eight years, she enjoyed gardening, quilting and watching hummingbirds in her back yard.
Rita K. Rowe, 55, passed away at her home in Great Bend on Aug. 24, 2016. Born on July 9, 1961, at Ellinwood, she was the daughter of George Howard and Laura Avey (Phillips) Kepford. She attended school at Ellinwood and later at Great Bend. She worked at Barton Community College and the Golden Belt Grill, both of Great Bend. She enjoyed good food, word search puzzles, listening to music, and watching old movies.
LA CROSSE - Eugene F. "Gene" Littler, 86, died Aug. 25, 2016, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse, Kansas. Born July 12, 1930, in rural McCracken, he was the son of Willis James and Edith Blanche (Jefferis) Littler. He was a resident of La Crosse since 1994, moving there from Kansas City, Kansas, where he resided for 40 years. A 1948 graduate of La Crosse High School, he earned a master's degree in speech/hearing pathology from Fort Hays Kansas State College in Hays. He then attended Wesley Hospital School of Nursing in Wichita receiving his RN Degree. Upon ...
CLAFLIN - Nedra Ann Blazek, 78, died Aug. 25, 2016, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Oct. 27, 1937, in Oklahoma City, Okla., she was the daughter of Roy Lee and Mary (Turner) Clay. In 1955, she graduated from Great Bend High School and in 1957 from then St. Rose Hospital School of Nursing. On Jan. 11, 1959, she married Harold "Boots" Blazek in Great Bend. He preceded her in death on Oct. 8, 2013. She worked in nursing for 42 years, retiring from Ellinwood District Hospital in 1999.