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Curtis S. Werner Sr. 1959 - 2015

LYONS - Curtis S. Werner Sr., 56, died Jan. 2, 2016, at his residence in Lyons. Born Dec. 10, 1959, in Ellinwood, he was the son of Wayne Joseph and Julia A. Bever Werner. A lifetime resident of Rice County, having lived in Lyons, Chase, Raymond and Great Bend, he attended the Chase/Raymond School System. He worked at the Rice County Highway Department in road maintenance. On Feb. 12, 1977, he married Janie Martinez in Chase.

January 04, 2016 | | Obituaries


Helen Rose Wagner 1921-2015

Helen Rose Wagner, 94, died Jan. 4, 2016, at The Cedars, McPherson. Born Sept. 15, 1921 at Liebenthal, she was the daughter of John and Anna Margaret (Geist) Heronema.

January 04, 2016 | | Obituaries


Elizabeth "Betty" Heitschmidt 1924-2015

HOLYROOD - Elizabeth E. "Betty" Heitschmidt, 91, passed away Dec. 30, 2015. Born Jan. 24, 1924, on a farm near Geneseo, she was the daughter of William and Lillian Allen Bailey. She graduated from Ellsworth High School and then attended Fort Hays State. She began a teaching career in a one room school north of Holyrood. She taught many years as a teacher and substitute in the Holyrood school system. On Aug. 2, 1945, she married Marvin Heitschmidt in Ellsworth. He passed away Oct. 9, 1991. For 19 years, Elizabeth owned and operated Betty's dry good store in Holyrood.

January 04, 2016 | | Obituaries


John Eldon Montgomery 1925 - 2015

LAWRENCE - John Eldon Montgomery, of Lawrence, died Dec. 26, 2015. For 90 years he blessed those around him with his passion for living. John was born in Junction City on Aug. 3, 1925, the only child of Chris and Esther Oegerle Montgomery. John enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17, prior to his graduation from high school in Junction City in 1943. He served in the Navy until April 14, 1946, and was the tail gunner on two aircraft carrier dive bombers. Taking part in such World War II operations as Wake Island, Truk Atoll, Saipan, and Iwo ...

January 04, 2016 | | Obituaries


​Ralph R. Wickstrom 1928 - 2016

LARNED - Ralph R. Wickstrom, 87, passed away Jan. 1, 2016, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation, Great Bend. He was born June 24, 1928, in Larned, the son of John and Lena Jantz Wickstrom. On Oct. 22, 1966, he married Verda Lea Thomas Mauney in Wichita. She passed away Dec. 8, 2006. He moved to rural Pawnee Rock in 1966 where he was a farmer.

January 02, 2016 | | Obituaries


​Jay Shelton Cummings 1956 - 2015

ADA, Kan. - Jay Shelton Cummings, 59, Ada, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Hutchinson. He was born at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka on July 12, 1956, to Joseph L. and Sharon Cummings.

January 02, 2016 | | Obituaries


​Jack J. Ferrell 1950 - 2015

Jack J. Ferrell, 65, died Dec. 24, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born May 22, 1950, at Great Bend, the son of "A. J." and Ruth Ferrell. A Great Bend resident, he was a retired truck driver for Linde Transport and a private pilot.

January 02, 2016 | | Obituaries


Patricia A. (Gleason) Schartz 1935 - 2015

LARNED - Patricia A. (Gleason) Schartz, 80, passed away Dec. 30, 2015, at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Center, Wichita. She was born October 23, 1935, to Leo P. and Ruth G. (Schlick) Gleason in Spearville. On March 2, 1957, she married A.W. (Bill) Schartz at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hodgeman County. He survives.

January 02, 2016 | | Obituaries


Donald H. Matthews 1928 - 2015

Donald H. Matthews, 87, died Dec. 31, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. He was born Dec. 28, 1928, at Medicine Lodge, the son of Harry and Clara (Chambers) Matthews. Don married Mary Louise Powell Jan. 22, 1957, at Great Bend. She died Nov. 23, 2010.

January 02, 2016 | | Obituaries


Willard Herzberg 1938 - 2015

CHASE - Willard Herzberg, 77, died Dec. 25, 2015, in Hutchinson. Born June 12, 1938, in Coffeyville, he was the son of Alvin and Rachel (Nufer) Herzberg. On Jan. 6, 1989, he married Irene Ingle. Formerly of Great Bend he was a resident of Chase for the last 27 years. He owned and operated H-H Stables in Great Bend for many years. He was also a truck driver for Branson Truck Lines and had retired in 2008.

December 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


Uyvon ‘Vonnie’ Emma Jackson 1923 - 2015

GREAT BEND - Uyvon "Vonnie" Emma Jackson, 92, went to heaven Dec. 29, 2015, passing away at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood, surrounded by her loving family and Woodhaven care providers. Born March 27, 1923, in Hastings, Neb., she was the daughter of Fred and Hazel (Peak) Fosbinder. On Aug. 12, 1942, she married Oris Arthur Jackson in North Platte, Neb. He died July 7, 1985. A Great Bend resident since 1960, coming from Nebraska, she retired from the plastics department at Fuller Brush Company in 1985, after many years of service. During her time of employment, Fuller Brush had the ...

December 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Elsie K. Jones

LARNED - Elsie K. Jones died Dec. 29, 2015, at the Diversicare of Larned. She was born at Timken.

December 29, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Gayle Louise Bavuso 1949 - 2015

FORSYTH, Mo. - Gayle Louise Bavuso, 66, of Forsyth, Mo., passed away on Dec. 26, 2015, at her residence with her family at her side.

December 29, 2015 | | Obituaries


Irene Marie Holopirek 1924 - 2015

TIMKEN - Irene Marie Holopirek, 91, died Dec. 29, 2015, at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. She was born Feb. 24, 1924, at Great Bend, the daughter of Narzis Joseph and Mary Laura (Horyna) Gleissner. She married Alvin G. "Al" Holopirek Aug. 24, 1947, at Pike's Peak, Colorado. He died March 22, 2005.

December 29, 2015 | | Obituaries


James A. (Jim) Bohart 1935 - 2015

LARNED - James A. (Jim) Bohart, 80 passed away Dec. 27, 2015, at the Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born July 30, 1935, in Larned, he was the son of Jack and Neta Smith Bohart. On July 22, 1956, he married Joan Blackwell in Larned. She survives. A longtime area resident of Larned he was retired from the USD 495 School and as a Chamber of Commerce Manager.

December 28, 2015 | Nick Grubbe | Obituaries


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Lethea Evelyn Selle 1925-2016

Lethea Evelyn Selle, 90, died Jan. 16, 2016, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend.

January 26, 2016 | | Obituaries


Joel Raymond Ryan

BURDETT - Joel Raymond Ryan was born prematurely on Jan. 22, 2016. He was the son of Jason L. and Jenae L. Skelton Ryan. He died ...

January 26, 2016 | | Obituaries


Julie Dell Mauler 1963-2016

Julie Dell Mauler, 52, died Jan. 25, 2016, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born May 9, 1963, in Great Bend, she was the daughter ...

January 26, 2016 | | Obituaries


Donna R. Horkey 1952-2016

GRANVILLE, Iowa - Donna R. Horkey, 63, passed away Jan. 19, 2016, at Orange City Area Health System in Orange City, Iowa. Born Aug. 5, 1952 ...

January 26, 2016 | | Obituaries


Donna L. Rush 1933-2016

MOUNDRIDGE – Donna Lee Rush, 82, passed away Jan. 24, 2016, at Pine Village, Moundridge. She was born Feb. 23, 1933 in Wichita, Kansas, the daughter ...

January 25, 2016 | | Obituaries


Osythe M. Wallert 1924 - 2016

Osythe M. Wallert, 91, died Jan. 23, 2016, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation. Born Nov. 20, 1924, she was the daughter of Henry and ...

January 25, 2016 | | Obituaries


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