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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


Phyllis Joan (Reynolds) Staub 1934 - 2017

ST. JOHN - Phyllis Joan (Reynolds) Staub, 82, passed away April 11, 2017, at Kenwood Plaza, St. John. She was born on July 28, 1934, at Macksville, the daughter of Basil Leno and Laura Jane (Spangler) Reynolds. She married Victor Lee Staub on Sept. 9, 1952, at Macksville. She graduated from Macksville High School in 1952, attended Salt City Business College in Hutchinson and was owner of Staub Insurance Agency and Real Estate from 1974 to 2000.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Lorenz E. Ochs 1924 - 2017

LAWRENCE - Lorenz E. Ochs, 92, died with his wife of 69 years by his side on April 6, 2017. He was born into a large German family with many aunts, uncles, and cousins on Dec. 20, 1924, in Hoisington, the son of Jacob and Lena Krug Oaks. He graduated Hoisington High School.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Kenneth J. Link 1928 - 2017

Kenneth J. Link, 88, died April 9, 2017, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. He was born July 4, 1928, at Chase, the son of Louis and Bertha (Gregory) Link. On March 27, 1951, he married Shirley Jean Wallace at Holy Name Catholic Church in Bushton. A Great Bend resident since 1960, coming from Chase, he was employed by Skelly Oil Company, and previously owned and operated Chase Tank Service, Chase Well Service and Strata Drilling.

April 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Thomas Oakley Cole 1946-2017

HAYS – Thomas Oakley Cole, age 70, passed away March 15, 2017 at Hays Medical Center. Born Aug. 8, 1946 in Great Bend, he was the son of Miles K. and Ava L. (Brown) Cole. On July 3, 1966 he married Vickie J. Bowsher in Great Bend. She preceded him in death Jan. 2, 2014.

April 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Myrl E. Munz

ELLINWOOD - Myrl E. Munz, 91, passed away at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date with Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood.

April 08, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Ronald David Hardten 1936 - 2017

OLATHE - Ronald David Hardten, 80, passed away peacefully, April 5, 2017, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. His last days were spent surrounded by his loving family.

April 08, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Angela Rebel 1982 - 2017

TIMKEN - Angela Rebel, 34, died March 31, 2017. Born Aug. 6, 1982, at Comanche County Hospital, she was the daughter of Jimmy and Patti Bratcher) Shelton. In 2001 she graduated from Barton County Adult Education and then attended Hays School of Cosmetology. On April 19, 2014, she married Jeff Rebel in LaCrosse. She was a CNA-CMA.

April 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Barbara Jean Braddy 1945-2017

SEWARD - Barbara Jean Braddy, age 71, passed away on March 31, 2017 at her home. She was born on July 30, 1945 at Larned, the daughter of Charles M. and Helen W. (Robbins) Baier, Sr. A life-long resident of the Seward area, she was a retired secretary for Fort Larned Federal Parks Service. Her memberships include, Xavier Catholic Church, Altar Society, Seward City Council and Xavier Cemetery Board. Survivors include two sons, Nickolas Braddy, Seattle, Wash., Aaron Braddy (Devon), Hoisington; two brothers, Mick Baier, Jr., Lecompton, William Henry Baier, Bayfield, Colo.; a sister, Sharon Hays (Lonnie), Wellington; two grandchildren, Melody ...

April 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Sheila M. Bieberle

WICHITA - Sheila M. Bieberle, 56, passed away April 3, 2017. Sheila is survived by husband, Roger A. Bieberle; sons, Tyler and Christopher Bieberle; sisters, LeAnn (Virgil) Kuntz, Abilene, Vicky (Brad) Joseph, Oakley, Jacky (Keith) Zerr, Gove, Shirley Haffner, Park, and Raelene (Cory) Miller, Cheney, ; in-laws, Kristen (Brian) Stout, Ellinwood, and Rob (Cynthia) Bieberle, Colby,; 23 nieces and nephews; and seven great-nephews. She was preceded by her parents, Francis X. Heier; Mary M. (Hartman) Heier; and infant brother, Leland F. Heier. For full obituary and service information visit; Resthavenmortuary-cemetery.com.

April 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Lucille Marie Jarus 1928 - 2017

SALINA - Lucille Marie Jarus, 89, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at her home. She was the youngest of six siblings born to Emil and Anna Dimmer Ney, rural Hanston, on March 7, 1928. After graduating from high school and Marymount College, she taught home economics at schools in Kansas City, Mo., Morganville and Wilson. On June 8, 1957, she married Dr. Eugene C. "Bud" Jarus, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson. They settled in Ellsworth.

April 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Carol Elaine Hallett 1936 - 2017

GREAT BEND - Carol Elaine Hallett, 80, died April 5, 2017, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. Born Dec. 27, 1936, at Otis, she was the daughter of Manuel and Marie (Koch) Ochs. She married Eugene Ernest Hallett Sept. 22, 1956, at LaCrosse. He died Feb. 16, 2017. She was a clerk at Fuller Brush Company and was an aide at Lincoln Elementary for 10 years.

April 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Kent A. Knop 1938 - 2017

ELLINWOOD - Kent A. Knop, 78, passed away on April 3, 2017, at Ellinwood District Hospital. Born Sept. 3, 1938, in Great Bend, he was the son of Alvin Carl and Mary Gretchen (Isern) Knop. In 1956 he graduated from Ellinwood High School. On Feb. 12, 1961, he married Rose Cregger at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ellinwood. He was a farmer, rancher, and dairyman from a very young age; later he continued to farm as well as working jobs in the oil field and construction.

April 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Wayne E. Swigart 1932 - 2017 

Wayne E. Swigart, 84, died April 3, 2017, Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born April 20, 1932, at Blue Rapids, the son of Nolan and Eunice (Craine) Swigart. He married Wilma Martha Erna "Jean" Schroeder Sept. 21, 1957, at Great Bend. She died June 29, 2009. A Great Bend resident since 1956, coming from Blue Rapids, he was a cowboy for Taylor Feeding and was a foreman for the City of Great Bend Parks Department.

April 03, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Cheryl Cecilia Smith 1943 - 2017

HUTCHINSON - Cheryl Cecilia Smith, 73, died March 31, 2017, at Brookdale Senior Living in Hutchinson. Born Dec. 17, 1943, at Denver, Colo., she was the daughter of Celina (Desmarteau) and Donald Jurgensen and James Merlin Smith. She was employed by Black Angus Steak Ranch for more than 20 years. She was known as the tiny lady who drove her 4-wheeled scooter around town.

April 03, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

April 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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