MISSION, Texas - Leona M. Wess Blankenship, 92, died April 1 at the Mission Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Mission, Texas. Born April 27, 1918, in Great Bend, was the daughter of Theodore P. and Sarah Ellen Gilbert Wess. Leona Wess and Donald Carroll Blankenship were married on Oct. 11, 1935, in Great Bend. She was a homemaker on the farm until the girls started high school. She worked for Honaker Drilling Inc. and moved first to Oleander Acres and then to Enchanted Valley Ranch in Mission, Texas.
Billie Lou Burgardt, 61, died April 1 at Trinity Hospital in Rock Island, Ill. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend.
LARNED – John Mariche Perez, 67, died March 31 at his home in Larned. Born March 2, 1944, at Dodge City, he was the son of Clemente Rincon and Lucille Mariche Perez. A lifetime resident of the Edwards and Pawnee County area, he was a Licensed Mental Health Technician at the Larned State Hospital. On Aug. 16, 1969, he married Mary Lynn Stejskal at Miami, Okla. She survives.
Lillian Marie Stremel 1929 - 2011
Linda K. Saenz 1953-2011
Robert L. Grubbs 1930 - 2011
Maurice Doolen "Dooley" Edman, 85, died March 29 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Feb. 20, 1926 in Great Bend, he was the son of Maurice J. and Martha Lois (Doolen) Edman. He graduated from Great Bend High School and attended the University of Washington in Seattle Wash., majoring in Civil Engineering. A Great Bend resident since 1956, coming from McPherson, he worked for Evans-Rondeau engineering firm, Hallibutron Oil Well Cementing Company and was the Barton County Engineer for 36 years. On Feb. 27, he married Betty Stafford in New Mexico. Following his retirement he and his wife enjoyed many ...
RUSSELL - James Lacey Brown, 86, of Russell, died March 27, at the Russell Regional Hospital. Born Dec. 28, 1924 on the family farm outside of Russell, he was the son of John A. and Dorothy Ruth (Lacey) Brown. He grew up in Russell County and graduated from Russell High School in 1942. On Dec. 28, 1947 he married Marjorie Anne Moore. She preceded him in death on Jan. 13, 2010. A farmer and rancher his whole life, he farmed the family farm near Russell and his aunt's farm near Gorham. He also was a plumber and electrician throughout his ...
Lillian Marie Stremel, 81, died March 29 at Rush County Memorial Hospital in LaCrosse. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend.
ATCHISON - Virginia L. Jones, 93, of Atchison passed away March 25 in Miami, Fla.
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. - Velma Eloise "Toots" Cooper, 94, of South Sioux City, Neb. died March 24, 2011 at a Sioux City hospital. Toots was born July 3, 1916 in Anthony, the daughter of Robert Forrest and Nora Mae (Potter) Jones.
GREAT BEND - Steven Oliver Warner, 58, died March 28 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
GREAT BEND - M. Doolen "Dooley" Edman died March 29 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
GORHAM - Alverta R. Bosch, 95. died March 24, at Smith County Care Center in Smith Center. Born on June 28, 1915 near Galatia, she was the daughter of Sam and Martha (Brack) Moore. She was a farm wife.
GREAT BEND - Garin Dean Arnold was born at 7:09 p.m. March 18 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He weighed 3 pounds 8 ounces and was 16 inches long. After meeting his mommy and daddy, Garin went directly to the NICU. In his time, he was amazingly cared for by his nurses and doctors.
CHASE - Donald Mark Oberle Sr., 66, passed away Aug. 11, at his home in Chase. Born July 3, 1948, in Great Bend, he was the son of George J. and Florentine L. (Kimpler) Oberle. A lifelong resident of Chase, he was a pipe-liner in the petroleum industry. On Dec. 23, 2002, he married Debbie (Gilley) in Great Bend. She survives of the home.