Doyle Rand, 88, died on Nov. 21, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 15, 1927, in Rodney, Ark., he was the son of John Henry and Sylvia (Hand) Rand. In 1949, he met the love of his life Betty Lou Rutter in Pratt. They were married on April 17, 1949, in Coats. She passed away on July 15, 2015. A resident of Great Bend he worked in the oil fields with Harms Petroleum for 33 years and was the owner of Rand Properties.
Margaret Mary Heinz, 86, died Nov. 20, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born Jan. 11, 1929, at Dodge City, the daughter of Jake and Bertha (Andra) Heinz. Until her death, Margaret was dedicated to the care of her daughter with special needs. She was a beautician and homemaker. She had been a Great Bend resident since 2008, coming from Canon City, Colo.
WICHITA - Helen Louise Willingham, 103, died Nov. 20, 2015, at Sandpiper Bay in Wichita. She was born March 31, 1912, at Wichita, the daughter of Grant and Freda (Behrens) McNett. She married Delton "Willie" Willingham Nov. 28, 1950, at Bentonville, Arkansas. He died Aug. 12, 1989. She and Willie owned the Big Wheel Drive-In for 15 years.
Kristi R. Bender, 48, died Nov. 19, 2015, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born April 5, 1967, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of David and Linda (Kratzer) Monroe. On July 1, 1995, she married Leo Bender Jr., in Great Bend. A resident of Great Bend for 25 years, coming from Geneseo, she was an Avon salesperson and baker.
RUSH CENTER - Arlyn C. Solomon, 77, died Nov. 15, 2015, at Autumn Wood in Claremore, Okla. Born Aug, 3, 1938, in Bison, he was the son of Carl Solomon and Dora (Goatley) Solomon. He was a longtime resident of Rush County before moving to Inola, Okla., in 2012. He was a 1956 graduate of La Crosse High School. On May 25, 1960, he married Karla Misegadis at Hope Lutheran Church in Rush Center. On June 8, 1963, he graduated from Southern Technical Institute in Marietta, Georgia. He was the General Manager of the Golden Belt Telephone Association before his retirement.
Billie Jean Harrison Chartier, 66, died Nov. 16, 2015, at The Hospice House in Hutchinson. Born Sept. 17, 1949, in Angola, she was the daughter of Bill and Juanita (Shook) Harrison. She grew up in Mound Valley.
Ronald. L. "Ron" Royer, 79, died Nov. 14, 2015, at Almost Home Inc. in Great Bend. Born April 6, 1936, in Sunbury, Pa., he was the son of John W. and Verna (Bartlow) Royer. On July 17, 1955, he married Fern D. Ochs in Otis. A resident of Great Bend since 1993, coming from Otis, he owned and operated Ochs Inc., of Otis. In his retirement, he enjoyed substituting for USD 428, gardening and woodworking.
HAYS - Gloria Ann McCormick, 70, died Nov. 15, 2015, at her home. Born July 17, 1945, in Hays, she was the daughter of Pete J. and Evelyn (Scheck) Scheck. On Nov. 28, 1964, she married Kenny L. McCormick in Great Bend. She graduated from Great Bend High School, Emporia Teachers College with a Bachelor of Science degree in education and from Fort Hays State University with a Master of Science degree in special education. She was an elementary school teacher for three years after graduating from Emporia Teachers College and later spent 20 years serving the special needs of her ...
HOLYROOD - Fern Marie Zajic, 89, passed away Nov. 14, 2015. Born Oct. 28, 1926, in Ellsworth County, she was the daughter of Hedwig (Hoffman) and Edwin Westerman. On May 14, 1948, she married Harold Ray Zajic in Holyrood. A lifetime resident of Ellsworth County, she was a homemaker.