LARNED - Kathleen Mary Spayd, 66, died July 11, at her home in Larned. Born July 11, 1945, in Detroit Mich., she was the daughter of George and Helen Watson Gierschke. A resident of Larned since 2000, she was employed at the Larned State Hospital. On July 31, 1965, she married Elbert Lee Spayd and later divorced.
JOPLIN, Mo. - Sheryl Louise Turnbow, 63, Joplin, Mo. passed away on Tuesday at the home of a friend.
WAKEENEY - Laverne "Bunny" Tomanek, 78, died July 12, at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita. Born March 9, 1933 in Collyer, he was the son of Fred Eugene Tomanek and Rose Katherine (Power) Tomanek. On Oct. 20, 1952 he married Darlene (Nemechek) Tomanek.
ALDEN - Margaret E. Lipp, 84, died July 11 at Sterling Presbyterian Manor. Born June 1, 1927 in Alden, she was the daughter of Harry E. and Rubye Muir Ward. She graduated from Alden High School in 1945 and received her bachelors degree in Education in 1949 from Sterling College. A lifetime resident of Alden, she was a retired teacher for the Quivira Heights School District in Holyrood. On Aug. 1, 1950 she married Chester Mervyn Lipp at the Alden United Methodist Church. He died on Jan. 14, 2002.
ELLSWORTH - Robert Dale Nienke Sr., 77, died July 11, 2011, in Ellsworth. Born Mar. 14, 1934, at Ellsworth, he was the son of Reinhart H. "Rein" and Pauline C. (Zorn) Nienke. A former resident of Salina, he had lived in Ellsworth for six years. He was retired from Enron Corporation and was a United States Army veteran. On Aug. 5, 1956, he married Elaine McCarty in Holyrood. She preceded him in death on June 19, 2009.
WICHITA - Dr. Robert D. Smith, 59, met his Heavenly Father on July 8, 2011. Bob was the son-in-law of Dr. and Mrs. Franklin Reinhardt of Great Bend. He was born in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 6, 1951, to DH and Patricia Smith. He leaves behind his wife, Roxie, son, Dr. Brian Smith (Emily) of Wichita, and daughter Abby Andrus (Adam) of Denver, Colo.
GREAT BEND - Joseph A. "Joe" Larkin, 78, died July 9, 2011 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
ST. JOHN - Eutemia "Ruth" Mace, 78, joined Our Heavenly Father on Saturday July 9, 2011.
ELLINWOOD - F. William (Bill) Koop, 91, died July 7 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Nov. 5, 1919, near Mitchell, S.D., he was the son of Ferdinand and Mary Winter Koop. In 1937, he graduated from Mitchell High School in Mitchell, S.D. In 1948 and 1950 he graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Washington, Seattle. He was awarded a Carnegie Fellowship in 1949.
GARDEN CITY - Jessica Cheyanne Shearer (Potter), 15, of Garden City, former resident of Sublette, died on July 4 in Great Bend. Born Feb. 19, 1996, in La Junta, Colo., she was the daughter of Stephen Shearer and Alida Dawn Shriver.
PAWNEE ROCK - John L. "Jack" Link, 74, died July 5, 2011 in Barton County.
GREAT BEND - Mabel Emilie Ankerholz, 93, died July 6, 2011 at the Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center.
SEWARD -Billy G. Owen, 71, died July 3 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was born July 8, 1939 at Great Bend, the son of William and Alberta (McNett) Owen.
Billy G. Owen died Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Via Christi/St. Francis in Wichita. Funeral arrangements are pending with Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend.
OLMITZ – Arthur J. "Art" Maneth, 66, died Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born July 13, 1944 at Hoisington, he was the son of Arthur F. and Mary (Busch) Maneth.
Kenneth Michael Klepper, 84, died Dec. 11 at his home in Great Bend. He was born May 26, 1930, at Raymond, the son of Nicholas and Alice (Strobl) Klepper. He married Marilyn Russell Sept. 22, 1952, at Great Bend. She died Dec. 31, 2009.
Cleo Eugene Watkins, 83, died on Dec. 6, 2014 at Via Christi Hospital-St. Francis in Wichita. Born on Jan. 21, 1931, in Stockton, he was the son of Roy Bryon and Grace Mae (Hulst) Watkins. A resident of Great Bend for most of his life he worked as a Lineman for Midwest Energy until he retired. Everyone that knew him, knew how much he has always loved his motorcycles, both working on them and riding. He was also an avid bowler most of his adult life, a loving father and grandfather and will be missed by many.
Luther Morgenstern, 98, died Dec. 6 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Aug. 23, 1916, on the farm in Russell County, the son of Sam G. and Lena (Radke) Morgenstern. On Aug. 23, 1949, he married Helen Margheim in Hoisington. She died Feb. 11, 2008. Luther was a farmer and a contract pumper in the oil fields, retiring in 1980.
Verl Lee Martin, 84, died December 8 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. He was born August 5, 1930, at Utica, the son of Clade and Sylvia (Everhart) Martin. A Great Bend resident since 1971, he worked for Missouri-Pacific Truck Lines and Turner Farms as a truck driver.
Daniel Nobles, 88, died Dec. 7 at Life Care Center, Wichita. Born Feb. 21, 1926, at Stuttgart, Ark., he was the son of Cagie, Sr. and Georgia B. (Stewart) Nobles. He married Alice Mary Cushinberry on Dec. 18, 1947, at Hoisington. She died March 6, 2014. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he was facilities manager for the Great Bend Post Office.
Frank E. Thurman, 65, of Great Bend, passed away on Friday evening, Dec. 5, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born Sept. 25, 1949, in Scottsbluff, Neb., he was the son of Arthur and Ethel (Deeder) Thurman. On June 29, 2000, he was united in marriage to Mary Walsh in Council Grove. A Great Bend resident since 2006, having moved here from Alta Vista, he loved NASCAR, and had a passion for fixing up old cars and spending precious time with his grandchildren.
HOISINGTON - Teresa Marie Rome, 87, died Dec. 9 at her home Hoisington. Born Oct. 23, 1927, in Odin, she was the daughter of Frank and Antoinette (Hermann) Gerritzen. In 1955, she married Norbert Joseph Rome. He died on June 6, 1981. A longtime resident of Hoisington, she worked as a dietary aide for Clara Barton Hospital. She enjoyed playing pinochle and watching her grandchildren's activities.
Daniel Nobles, 88, died Dec. 7 at Life Care Center, Wichita. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.
Karl Lee Brack, 84, died Dec. 7, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 29, 1930, in Larned, he was the son of Sol M. and Neva M. (Toots) Brack. He was a 1948 graduate of Great Bend High School and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kansas State University in 1953. On Sept. 28, 1958, he married Loreta J. "Reta" Hill in Hoisington. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, Mr. Brack began work at KCKT-TV as a sales representative until February 1956, when he started work for American State Bank and Bank IV, retiring in 1991 ...