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Barbara Marie Tucker McKinzie 1941 - 2017

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Barbara Marie Tucker McKinzie died peacefully in Pensacola, Fla., on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, surrounded by the love of her three daughters, Marie Smith, Alice McKinzie, and Kaye McKinzie. She was born on Feb. 12, 1941, to Melvin and Ellen Tucker in Los Angeles, Calif.

April 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Laura ‘Lou’ Sparkman 1924 - 2017

SOUTH HUTCHINSON - Laura "Lou" Sparkman, 92, beloved wife, mom, and teacher, died April 14, 2017, of natural causes at the Mennonite Friendship Community in South Hutchinson.

April 18, 2017 | Shonita Swank | Obituaries


Juanita A. Schaffer 1932 - 2017

LACROSSE - Juanita A. Schaffer, 85, died April 14, 2017, at Cherry Village in Great Bend. Born Feb. 5, 1932, in Pfeifer, she was the daughter of Stephen S. and Pauline (Dater) Urban. On May 11, 1949, she married Michael C. Schaffer at Holy Cross Church in Pfeifer. He preceded her in death March 22, 2013. A lifelong resident of Rush County she was a homemaker and farm wife.

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


George W. Bolz 1921 - 2017

BUSHTON - George W. Bolz, 95, passed away April 14, 2017, in Ellinwood. Born May 16, 1921, in Centerville, N.M., he was the son of George H. and Luella May (Campbell) Bolz. Living in Bushton since 1960, he was a supervisor at nearby Enron Gas. On April 23, 196, he married Donna Kirk in New Mexico. She survives.

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Betty Lou (Detter-Fink) Corcoran 1925 - 2017

HOISINGTON - Betty Lou (Detter- Fink) Corcoran, 92, died April 15, 2017, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Jan. 13, 1925, in El Dorado, she was the daughter of Lillie P. Varble and Walter Detter and the late Michael D. Fink. On April 23, 1948, she was united in marriage to Robert "Bob" Corcoran at Kansas City, Mo. He preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 1994. A longtime Hoisington resident, Betty was a beautician, owning The Magic Mirror, which she ran out of her home and was an owner of the 2nd Street Depot for a short time.

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Myrl E. Munz 1925 - 2017

HUDSON - Myrl Eddingfield Munz, 91, died April 7, 2017 , at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. She was born on Aug. 1, 1925, in Great Bend.

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Dorothy Lucy Riddle 1931 - 2017

PAWNEE ROCK - Dorothy Lucy Riddle, 85, died April 16, 2017, at Cedar Village Long Term Care in Ness City. Born June 16, 1931, at Offerle, she was the daughter of William and Lucy (Demain) Wetzel. On Sept. 11, 1950, she married Clifford Barton Riddle at Woodward, Okla. He died Nov. 14, 2000. A Pawnee Rock resident since 1964, she was a cook for Larned State Hospital, St. Joseph Memorial Hospital and Harvest Inn, where she retired.

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Cleo F. Petz 1942-2017

Cleo F. Petz, 74, died April 16, 2017, at Wilson Care and Rehabilitation, Wilson. He was born Aug. 1, 1942, at Great Bend, the son of Frank N. and Vera G. (Holloway) Petz. He was a Sunflower Diversified Services client.

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Jo Ann Winkler 1939-2017

Jo Ann Winkler, 78, died April 17, 2017, at Trego Manor, WaKeeney. She was born March 19, 1939, at Great Bend, the daughter of Bernard and Laura (Doll) Oberle. She married Wilbur Winkler Aug. 22, 1964 at Claflin. They later divorced. A Great Bend resident since 1987, coming from Dodge City, Mrs. Winkler was a teacher for more than 20 years in the Diocese of Dodge City Catholic Schools.

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


John H. Helfrich 1942-2017

John H. Helfrich, 74, passed away April 13, 2017 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. He was born Aug. 1, 1942 to Anthony G. Sr., and Rita M. Helfrich of Ellinwood. John attended Ellinwood High School and played football. He worked in the oil field and drove an over-the-road truck. He loved drag racing and was a great artist. He was lifetime Great Bend area resident where he attended St. Rose Catholic Church.

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Wilma Jean Schuster 1930 - 2017

Wilma Jean Schuster, 86, died March 11, 2017, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born June 20, 1930, at St. John, she was the daughter of John William and Reno (Kanzleiter) Hathaway. On June 20, 1948, she married Billy Eugene Schuster at Great Bend. She has been a resident of Great Bend since 1948, coming from St. John. She was a clerk for Coast to Coast, ABC Drug and Triangle Drug Store. She enjoyed genealogy.

April 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Dennis D. Messick 1950 - 2017

HUTCHINSON - Dennis D. Messick, 66, passed away on April 11, 2017, at Diversicare of Hutchinson. Born on Oct. 22, 1950, in Sterling, he was the son of Orie and Mary Lois (Ruddell) Messick. On Dec. 23, 1978, he married Kristin Stockstill of in Geneseo. He was a longtime Hutchinson resident formerly of Chase, Lyons, and Katy, Texas. He graduated from Emporia State and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

April 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Justin Keenan Perez 1979 - 2017

LARNED - Justin Keenan Perez, 37, passed away April 11, 2017, at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City. Born Nov. 17, 1979, in Larned, he was the son of John P. Perez and Rebecca D. Kirchgassner. A lifetime Larned and Dodge City resident, he was a D.J. He donated blood to the American Red Cross and participated in the Special Olympics and the 4th of July run in Larned. He also enjoyed playing dominos and bingo at his apartment complex and loved country music.

April 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


John Helfrich

ELLINWOOD - John Helfrich, 74, of Great Bend passed away April 13, 2017, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Cremation has occurred and services will be announced later with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood.

April 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Eugene A. Penka 1949 - 2017

HEALY - Eugene A. Penka, 67, born on Sept. 17, 1949, died April 9, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society in Ellis.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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Douglas Brent (Doug) Nairn 1952 - 2017

LAWRENCE - Memorial services for Douglas Brent (Doug) Nairn, 65, Lawrence, will be 11 a.m., Saturday, June 17, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow ...

June 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Joyce L. Greathouse 1932 - 2017

LARNED - Joyce L. Greathouse, 85, passed away June 7, 2017, at Diversicare of Larned. She was born March 27, 1932, in Pueblo, Colo., the daughter ...

June 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Michael Wayne Smith 1947 - 2017

DAKOTA CITY, Iowa - Michael Wayne Smith of Dakota City passed away peacefully June 8, 2017, at the Paula Baber Hospice Home in Fort Dodge with ...

June 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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