ALAMOSA, Colo. - Roy Dale "Rocky" Ford, 63, passed away on Dec. 29, 2012 in Alamosa, Colo. A longtime Alamosa, Colo. and Great Bend resident, Rocky was born on Feb. 27, 1949, in Great Bend to Ora and Opal Mae (Griffin) Ford. He was a cattle and buffalo rancher and worked horses for many years. He was a carpenter and plumber, working in construction with his brother, Bud.
PAWNEE ROCK - Wesley L. Belden, 73, died Jan. 9 at Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend. He was born Feb. 7, 1939, at Binghamton, N.Y., the son of Helen (Cobb) Belden. He married Judy Smee Dean on Aug. 29, 1992, in Hoisington.
Irene Virginia Boxberger was born on Nov. 27, 1916 and grew up on the family farm in Russell County, the daughter of Emanuel and Mary Elizabeth Milberger Dumler. She attended Bunker Hill School and later Russell High School, graduating in 1932. She died Jan. 7, 2013 at her home in Great Bend.
LARNED - Jeffery Lynn Keenan, 45, died Jan. 4 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Feb. 14, 1967, he was the son of Lawrence Lavern "Blackie" and Shirley Jean (Hoffman) Keenan.
LAWRENCE - Julia Louise Saenz, 62, died Jan. 6 at her home surrounded by her family. Born on Nov. 6, 1950 in Lamar, Colo., she was the daughter of Joe and Kathryn "Katie" (Godinez) Saenz. On May 2, 1981 she married James Michael Self in Great Bend. He preceded her in death on July 5, 2010. She was an office manager for St. John the Evangelist Catholic School.
OTIS - Connie Lynne (Hoch) Hoopingarner, 72, passed away on June 22, 2015, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born on Aug. 24, 1942, she was the daughter of O.C. ('Poss') and Esther (Keenan) Hoch. In 1960, she graduated from Hoisington High School and went on to earn her Dental Hygiene Degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She worked as a Dental Hygienist until her retirement in 2002. On Feb. 29, 1964, she married Larry Dwight Hoopingarner in Las Vegas, Nev. They made their home in Manter.
Hugh Robert "Bud" Steadman, 90, died June 21, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born May 23, 1925, in Great Bend, he was the son of Frank M. and Blanche Marie (Sterling) Steadman. On July 14, 1946, he married Delores June Schenkel in Bazine. She died on April 28, 2015. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was an engineering technician for Evans, Bierly and Hutchison.
MCKINNEY, Texas - Kimberly Dawn Burkhart died at her home in McKinney, Texas, on May 13, 2015. Born April 4, 1969, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Cliff and Barbara Burkhart. She was employed by American Airlines as an International flight attendant. She served as an MP in the United States Army and was active in Desert Storm.