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Benjamin “Ben” Jesse Bates 1973 - 2015

LYONS - Benjamin "Ben" Jesse Bates, 41, died Oct. 13, 2015, at Weld County, Colorado. He was born Nov. 13, 1973, at Powell, Wyoming, the son of Steven and Mary Walters Bates. He graduated from Teton High School in 1992, and then graduated from Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho with a Construction Management degree. He married Angela "Angie" Leigh Barnard on May 2, 1997, at Salt Lake City, Utah. A Lyons since 2008, formerly of Driggs, Idaho, he was owner-president of WestCrete-Concrete.

October 15, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Barbara L. Watson 1931 - 2015

ST. JOHN - Barbara L. Watson was born on Feb, 6, 1931, in Seymour, Mo., to Rudy and Rachel Schroeder and gained her heavenly wings on Oct. 9, 2015. Barbara graduated from Seymour High School in 1948 and married Herman Watson on May 23, 1948. A short time later they moved to St. John to make their home. On June 22, 1953, Barbara welcomed her first son, Rudy. A child with physical disabilities, Rudy brought so much joy into her life. Two years later on June 22, a second son, Randy, was born. A third son, Rex, was added to the ...

October 12, 2015 | | Obituaries


Shirley A. Heaton 1936 - 2015

ELLINWOOD - Shirley A. Heaton, 79, passed away at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood on Oct. 12, 2015. Born Sept. 25, 1936, in Ronan, Mont., she was the daughter of Archie E. Berry and Alice (Frazier) Bader. She worked as a homemaker, drove a school bus, and was a cook for the hospital in Lakin. She loved to play bingo and cards.

October 12, 2015 | | Obituaries


Betty Jane Welch Gruber 1926 - 2015

NORMAN, Okla. - Betty Jane Welch Gruber died Oct. 7, 2015, at her home in Norman. She was born Jan. 27, 1926, to Elmer and Inez Jane (Jackson) Welch. She married Arthur Carroll Gruber in Hoisington, on Nov. 22, 1944. They lived all over the world, with Art's work taking them to Kansas, Arkansas, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma and Wyoming; Venezuela and South America; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Tokyo, Japan; and Cairo, Egypt. They retired in Norman, Okla., to be near their children.

October 10, 2015 | | Obituaries


​William “Wild Bill” Vsetecka 1926 - 2015

William "Wild Bill" Vsetecka, 89, died Oct. 10, 2015, at Ellinwood District Hospital in Ellinwood. He was born April 9, 1926, at Timken, the son of Emil and Amilia Vsetecka. He married Dolores J. Vsetecka Aug. 29, 1951, at Great Bend. She died Aug. 8, 1998. A longtime Great Bend resident, William was a truck driver for Graves Truckline, until retirement.

October 10, 2015 | | Obituaries


Dorothy E. Kerschen 1924 - 2015

Dorothy E. Kerschen, 91, died Oct. 9, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Feb. 6, 1924, at Willowdale, the daughter of Rudolph and Tillie (Pillar) Harbert. She married Wilferd J. Kerschen on Nov. 24, 1947, at Kingman. He died July 9, 1977.

October 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Dorothy Donnelly 1927 - 2015

Dorothy (Dottie Carol) Donnelly died peacefully on Oct. 2, 2015, at Hospice House in Hutchinson. Born Dec. 25, 1927, she was the daughter of Blanche and Jule Markiewicz. She graduated from Great Bend High School, Christian College for Women in Columbia, Mo., and University of Wisconsin. In 1953, Dorothy married William (Cliff) Donnelly. He died in 1967. For 45 years she directed the School of Dance Arts in Great Bend, where it was her life's work to share the love of beauty through dance. A lifelong learner, Dorothy returned to piano studies in the 1980s. After retiring and moving ...

October 09, 2015 | | Obituaries


Jimmie Jule Homan Sr. 1931 - 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Jimmie Jule Homan Sr., 83, passed away Oct. 1, 2015, after a 14 year struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was born Nov. 5, 1931, in Cheyenne, Wyo. and lived most of his life in Wyoming, New Mexico and Kansas. Jim met and married his first wife, Nadine Havens, in Cheyenne and together they had three children, Tamara, Jimmie Jr. and Chrystal. Later in life he met and married Carla Praeger in Albuquerque, N.M. where they lived for a number of years before moving to Kansas. Although he drifted apart from both his loves they remained ...

October 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


Margaret Helen Brenner 1929 - 2015

BEELER - Margaret Helen Brenner, 85, passed away on Oct. 2, 2015, at Cedar Village Long Term Care in Ness City. Born on Oct. 13, 1929, near Redwing, she was the daughter of Julius and Mathilda Boor Klug. On Feb. 25, 1957, she married Ben Brenner in Odin. They lived north of Bazine for 17 years and lived on the Triple Bar Ranch near Beeler for 40 years. She was a homemaker.

October 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


Margaret Helen Brenner 1929 - 2015

BEELER - Margaret Helen Brenner, 85, passed away on Oct. 2, 2015, at Cedar Village Long Term Care in Ness City. Born on Oct. 13, 1929, near Redwing, she was the daughter of Julius and Mathilda Boor Klug. On Feb. 25, 1957, she married Ben Brenner in Odin. They lived north of Bazine for 17 years and lived on the Triple Bar Ranch near Beeler for 40 years. She was a homemaker.

October 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


J. Melvin Oliverius 1925 - 2015

J. Melvin Oliverius, 90, passed away on Oct. 3, 2015, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born July 15, 1925, in Galatia, he was the son of James and Margaret (Gustin) Oliverius. On Oct. 2, 1946, he was united in marriage to T. Aileen Reif, the daughter of Julius and Tillie Reif, in Hoisington. She survives at the home.

October 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


Glenn A. Pfaff 1952 - 2015

BROWNELL - Glenn A. Pfaff, 63, died on Oct. 3, 2015, at Grisell Memorial Hospital in Ransom. He was born on June 25, 1952.

October 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


Mark Anthony Depperschmidt 1957-2015

Mark Anthony Depperschmidt, 57, died Oct. 2, 2015, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Born Oct. 14, 1957, at La Crosse, he was the son of Charles and Mary (Cordova) Depperschmidt.

October 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Kenneth Neil Ellegood 1935 - 2015

OAKLEY - Kenneth Neil Ellegood, died on Oct. 1, 2015, at his home in rural Osborne county. Born Aug. 30, 1935, in Monument, he was the son of Robert and Alice (Everley) Ellegood. On June 2, 1963, he married Beverly Elaine Winder. In 1954 he graduated from Oakley High School. He then attended Kansas State University and transferred to Fort Hays State University where he graduated in 1962 with a bachelor's degree and in 1969 with a Masters in Counseling. He was a teacher and coach at Stockton and later a counselor and teacher at Abe Hubert Junior High School ...

October 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


Glenn Huffman 1935 - 2015

BETHANY, Okla. - Glenn Huffman passed away on Sept. 22, 2015. Born on March 11, 1935, in Great Bend, he was the son of Charlie and Mamie Huffman.

October 03, 2015 | | Obituaries


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Thomas L. Heinz Jr.

OLATHE - Thomas L. Heinz Jr., 53, of Olathe, Kan. passed away on April 22, 2018.

June 09, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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