BURLINGTON - Kathryn Marie Buchanan Gant, 31, of Burlington, died June 10 from a tragic car accident. She was born Sept. 14, 1979, in Council Grove, to Joe and Rita (Murphy) Buchanan. Katie attended Council Grove Elementary, Middle and High School. She graduated from Ft. Hays State in 2002, with an associate's degree in radiology technology and a bachelor's degree in medical diagnostic imaging.
HOISINGTON - Velma Rose "Grammy" Graves, 92, died June 11 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born May 27, 1919, at Horace, she was the daughter of John and Olive (Huddleston) Moore. On April 23, 1939, she married James Lloyd Graves in Sharon Springs. He died on Sept. 14, 1975. A resident of Hoisington since 1942, coming from Tribune, she worked for Clara Barton Hospital as a nurse's aide.
STARK - Bob Defenbaugh, 84, of rural Stark passed away June 7 at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute. Born on Dec. 5, 1926 in Stark, he was the son of George Robert Defenbaugh and Pearle (Kelso) Defenbaugh. He graduated from Grant Township in 1944. On Jan. 2, 1945, he married Ula Wright in Stark. She survives. Bob was a lifelong farmer.
RUSSELL - Loretta Margaret Ross, 89, of Russell, died June 7 at the Main Street Manor of Russell. Born Dec. 2, 1921, in Dubuque, she was the daughter of J. Henry and Philomena (Eckart) Casey. She graduated from Bunker Hill High School. On June 15, 1943, she married Leo J. Ross in Dubuque. He died on July 6, 1993. She was employed by Russell Regional Hospital for 19 years in medical records. She retired from the hospital in 1984.