HOISINGTON - Bonnie Lou Deitsch, 69, died Jan. 3, 2012, at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Feb. 7, 1942, in Wilsonville, Neb., she was the daughter of Earl and Evelyn (Martin) Kinne, the second of 11 children. On April 7, 1980, she married Lloyd Deitsch Jr. in Beaver City, Neb. A resident of Hoisington since 2003, coming from Great Bend, she was a homemaker, and a CNA, working at various hospitals and nursing homes, and a child provider for the state of Nebraska. She loved to quilt, specializing in baby blankets.
Robert "Bob" Shanks, 69, died Jan. 3, 2012, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. He was born Aug. 7, 1942, at Kansas City, Mo., the son of Robert and Constance Isabelle (Gaunt) Caraway. He married Lorraine Andrasek July 21, 1962, at Great Bend. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he was a truck driver, carpenter and meat cutter.
ROZEL - Grace Olive Grandy, 90, passed away Jan. 2, 2012, at the Country Place Living Center, Larned. She was born Sept. 20, 1921, in Rozel, the daughter of Louie and Ora Renfro Pfenninger. A lifetime area resident; she was a homemaker. Her family and church were first and foremost in her life.
Ruth M. Immenschuh, 97, passed away at her residence in Great Bend, on Dec. 30, under the loving care of two dear friends. She was born April 3, 1914, at St. Marys, the daughter of Joseph and Grace Farrell. She married Earl Leo Immenschuh on Nov. 23, 1937, at St. Marys. He died Nov. 6, 1991. A Great Bend resident since 1952, coming from Topeka, she was manager of the Barton County Community College Bookstore until her retirement in 1984.
MESA, Ariz. - Eldora Steinert, 88, died passed away on Dec. 28, at her winter home in Mesa, Ariz. She was born March 17, 1923, in Great Bend, to Harold and Angela Powell. She married Alfred Steinert in Great Bend. He survives. She was a resident of Mesa, Ariz., and Denver, Colo.
Margaret Jean Nething, 88, died Dec. 30 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born June 21, 1923, at Great Bend, the daughter of Oscar Harmon and Della E. (Parker) Pierce. She married William M. Nething May 20, 1945, at Great Bend. He died Sept. 16, 1986. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone during World War II, worked at Bayless Dry Cleaning, and was a home health aide.
RUSSELL - Herbert James Michaelis, 98, died Dec. 26, at his home. Born Aug. 31, 1913, on the family farm southeast of Russell, he was the son of Honis and Mollie (Strecker) Michaelis. In 1931 he graduated from Russell High School. On Aug. 11, 1946, he married Eva M. Milberger at the Methodist Church in Russell. He joined the staff of L. Banker Mercantile in 1933 where he was employed for 43 years until 1976, retiring as manager of the shoe department.
DURANGO, Colo. - Aiden Allen Riddle passed away Dec. 23, at the age of 2. Aiden died at The Children's Hospital in Parker, Colo. Aiden was born on Aug. 5, 2009, to Jaclynn Shaw and Ryan Riddle in Durango, Colo.
SCOTT CITY - Gordon R. Brantley, 69, passed away at the Scott County Hospital in Scott City on Dec. 26. Born Feb. 11, 1942, in Almena, he was the son of Herbert K. and Wilma F. Walters Brantley. He was a 1960 graduate of Scott Community High School in Scott City and also graduated from Fort Hays University and from Kansas City Kansas Community College with a degree in Mortuary Science. Gordon was the owner and operator of three funeral homes, in Atwood, Great Bend and Dodge City, during his career. In May of 2011, he moved back to Scott City.