COUNCIL GROVE - Wanda Lee Converse, 80, longtime resident of Council Grove, passed away March 20 at St. Francis Hospital after a long illness. She was born Nov. 5, 1931, in Hoisington, to Marvin and Mary (Clift) Jones. She married Leon Converse Jr. on Feb. 11, 1978, in Council Grove.
GREAT BEND -- Jerome F. "Jerry" Becker, 75, died March 18 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Nov. 17, 1936, at Fullerton, Neb., the son of Hubert and Ann (Stavas) Becker. He married Sheila Ann Brenner, Oct. 22, 1960, at Denver, Colo. He was owner and operator of Becker Shoe Repair in Great Bend for 38 years, and Becker Shoe Repair in Denver for 14 years.
CHANDLER, Ariz. - Nadine Marie (Boyle) Luse, 91, passed away on March 7 at the Harmony House Group Home in Chandler, Ariz. Nadine was born on May 16, 1920 in Olmitz to Archer A. and Carrie M. (Hester) Boyle. She grew up in Olmitz, later moving to Great Bend, where she graduated from Great Bend High School in 1938. She was united in marriage to Charles Wesley Luse, Jr. on Aug. 6, 1938 at Great Bend, and the couple moved to southern California. Mr. Luse passed away in 1984. In August of 2003, Nadine moved to Flagstaff, Ariz. and relocated to ...
Brenda Ann Barger, 58, died June 25, 2015, at her home in Great Bend. She was born Sept. 17, 1956, at Salina, to Bob Bruce and Beverly Ann (Holdren) Burgard. She married Steve Barger Nov. 21, 1992, at Great Bend. A Great Bend resident since 1979, coming from Salina, she was a homemaker and foster mother.
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - David Wayne Bowman, 55, died June 24, 2015, at Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence, Missouri. He was born Oct. 13, 1959, at Larned, to Howard and Carole (Unruh) Bowman. He was a 1977 graduate of Macksville High School and graduated from Barton County Community College, Emporia State University and the University of Kansas. A longtime Kansas City area resident, he was a custodian for the Lee's Summit School District.
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.