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Crystal Irene Taylor 1928 - 2015

AMARILLO, Texas - Crystal "Chris" Irene Taylor, 86, died Jan. 20, at the Northwest Hospital in Amarillo, Texas, after a brief struggle with lung and heart disease. Born Oct. 3, 1928, in St. John, she was the daughter of Harold and Gladys Leitner. She graduated from St. John High School and soon married Melvin Taylor, who had returned from World War II. They lived in several western Kansas towns before moving to Oberlin in 1965. She was a former businesswoman in Oberlin. She lived in Oberlin until her husband's death in 1990. She moved to Great Bend and later to ...

April 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Cheryl Ann Harrell 1946 - 2015

ANDOVER - Cheryl Ann Harrell, 68, entered the arms of her Lord and Savior, March 29, 2015, at Life Care Center of Andover. Born Dec. 14, 1946, in Atchison she was the daughter of Wallace and Verdele Russell. In August 1965, she married the love of her life, Jon. She was a retired office manager for her husband's optometry practice. She worked with Jon in their offices in Larned and Great Bend, building his optometry practice until his death Jan. 1, 2006.

April 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Maurice ‘Bryce’ Clark 1937 - 2015

HOISINGTON - Maurice "Bryce" Clark, 77, died March 30, at Cherry Village Residential Care in Great Bend. Born May 20, 1937, in Penokee, he was the son of John George and Margaret Elizabeth Clark. In 1955, he graduated from Hill City High School. He later served in the Army from 1960 to 1962. A Hoisington resident since 1962, he worked as a trackman for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad retiring in 1999. On June 1, 1985, he married Betty "JoAnn" Mullis at the First United Methodist Church in Hoisington. She survives.

April 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


Brandon Joseph Funk 1998 - 2015

Brandon Joseph Funk, 16, died March 28, 2015, at his home in Great Bend. He was born June 2, 1998, at Hoisington, the son of Clark LaVern and Cynthia Marie (Schmitt) Funk. He was a junior at Great Bend High School.

April 01, 2015 | | Obituaries


​David A. Colyn Jr. 1960 - 2015

IUKA - David A. Colyn Jr., 55, died March 23, 2015, at Pratt Regional Medical Center. Born Feb. 21, 1960, in Denver, Colo. he was the son of David A. and Faye Colyn Sr. He was a former resident of McPherson graduating from McPherson High School. On May 26, 2005 he married Lillian Galletta in Pratt. He was a fabricator for Fab-Pro of Kingman.

March 31, 2015 | | Obituaries


Brandon Joseph Funk 1998 - 2015

Brandon Joseph Funk, 16, died March 28, 2015, at his home in Great Bend. He was born June 2, 1998, at Hoisington, the son of Clark LaVern and Cynthia Marie (Schmitt) Funk. He was a junior at Great Bend High School.

March 31, 2015 | | Obituaries


Joyce M. Bray 1946- 2015

Joyce M. Bray, 68, died March 28 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. Born Nov. 13, 1946 at Garden City, she was the daughter of William James and Ruth (Schulz) Bray

March 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


Reverend Willie A. “Bill” Gray 1935 - 2015

Reverend Willie A. "Bill" Gray, 79, went home to sit on the right-hand side of the Lord on March 29, at his home in Great Bend. Born April 20, 1935, in Pawnee, Okla. he was the son of Lee Andy and Mary Etta (Cargill) Gray. He attended school in Hutchinson. He worked as a contractor for the City Highway Department in Hutchinson and then lived in Denver, Colo., for many years as an auto detailer and truck driver. On Sept. 10, 1987, he was united in marriage to Carolyn K. Jordan in Denver, Colo. The couple moved to Great Bend ...

March 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


Mary Stone 1951 - 2015

LYONS - Mary Stone, 63, died March 28, at her home in Lyons. Born Nov. 8, 1951, in Beloit, she was the daughter of Albert and Freda Wooton Roof. She graduated from Great Bend High School and Barton Community College with an associates degree. On April 6, 1979, she married Jay B. Stone. A resident of Lyons since 1973, formerly of Great Bend, she was a Correctional Investigator at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility, Dispatcher for the Rice County Council of Aging and Quivira Transit.

March 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


Carey A. Schulte 1958 - 2015

HAYS - Carey A. Schulte, 56, former Hays and Russell resident, died March 27, at Via Christi Hospital/St. Francis Campus in Wichita. Born July 8, 1958, in Hays she was the daughter of John E. and Amelia (Dinkel) Schulte. She grew up in Victoria and attended the Anderson School of Hope at Victoria until it closed in the 1970's. She was a client with Development Services of Northwest Kansas for over 25 years and lived in Norton, Hill City, Ellis and Hays.

March 30, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Dorothy Mae Dawson 1926 - 2015

Dorothy Mae Dawson, 88, died March 25, 2015, at Almost Home Inc. in Great Bend. She was born June 25, 1926, at Great Bend, the daughter of Robert John and Mary Ethel (Davidson) Herren.

March 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Delia “Dee” Farminer 1942 - 2015

Delia "Dee" Farminer, 73, died March 26, 2015, at her home in North Newton. Born March 13, 1942, in Southampton, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Gwendoline (Hooker) Eldridge. On Aug. 19, 1961, she married Eric Farminer in Southampton, England. He died on March 25, 1996. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from Southampton, England, she recently lived in North Newton to be close to family. She was a caregiver for Elder Care.

March 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Sister Connie Haug, O.P. 1934 - 2015

Sister Connie Haug (Sister Omer), 80, died March 26, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Seneca, as Constance Lucille Haug, Sister Connie was the daughter of Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Aug. 28, 1952, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1955. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2005.

March 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


​James Lane Williams 1923 - 2015

BOULDER, Colo. - James Lane Williams, 91, of Boulder, Colo., died of natural causes on March 26, 2015, surrounded by his family. The son of Marie Steckel and J.O. Williams, he was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Ellinwood. His family lived in several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas before settling in Great Bend in 1937. He served in the United States Army during World War II and married Helen Thompson on March 25, 1944, while stationed in El Paso, Texas. He and Helen were married for 60 great years.

March 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Billy Joe Leatherman 1939 - 2015

Billy Joe Leatherman, 75, died March 26, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Aug. 11, 1939, in Stafford, he was the son of Merle M. and Marie (Koelsch) Leatherman. On Jan. 10, 1960, he married Iona Lebsack in Otis. A resident of Great Bend since 1960, coming from St. John, he was an oilfield chemical salesman.

March 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


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Cora Sue Murphy 1961 - 2015

HUTCHINSON - Cora Sue Murphy, 53, passed away April 5, 2015, at Hospice House of Reno County, Hutchinson. She was born on July 2, 1961, in Great Bend, the daughter of George Morrison Sr., and Faye (Miller) Morrison.

April 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


Terry Barber 1941 - 2015

Terry D. Barber, 73, passed away April 4, 2015, at Kansas Heart Hospital with his family by his side.

April 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


Barbara K. Robel 1943 - 2015

MANHATTAN - Barbara K. Robel, 71, died April 4, 2015, at Wroten House of Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan. Barb was born July 13, 1943, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Charles and Ruth Swinney. In 1957, the family moved to Valley Center, where Barb attended Valley Center High School and graduated in 1961. The friendships she formed during these years would last a lifetime. Barb chose to attend Kansas State University, where she spent time as a resident hall assistant and switchboard operator. After her sophomore year, she joined the Delta Zeta sorority in 1963, as part of the sorority ...

April 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


Mary Jane Wells 1925 - 2015

Mary Jane Wells, 89, died April 4, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Dec. 16, 1925, in Fort Scott she was the daughter of James L. and Lillie Mae (Chambers) Parker and was later adopted by Ruth Chidester Noggle. She attended school in St. John and later in Russell, where she graduated from in 1943. On June 1, 1943, she married Wayne Ingalls Grippin. They later divorced. She then married Joseph B. Wells. He died on June 5, 1999. A resident of Great Bend since 1992, coming from Russell, she was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, crossword puzzles ...

April 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Merlin Thomas Stang 1948-2015

ELLSWORTH - Merlin Thomas (Thom) Stang, 66, passed away March 26 at his home in Ellsworth. Thom was born to Albert and Anita Stang on August 7, 1948 in Marysville. He was raised in Victoria and was part of their graduating class of 1966. Thom was drafted and served the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss, Texas. In 1972, he married Ruann Kuntzsch. He completed training and was certified in printing at Salina Area Technical College.

April 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Kathryn M. Busch

WICHITA - Kathryn M. Busch died Monday, April 6. She was the daughter of George and Zoe (True) Yarbrough.

April 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Richard A. Poage 1940 - 2015

THAILAND - Richard A. Poage passed away in his sleep at his home in Thailand on Jan. 23, with his companion by his side. Born on Sept. 6, 1940, in Great Bend, he was the son of Marion and Irene Poage. Born and raised in Great Bend he worked in the oilfields, like his father, from the age of 17 until retiring from offshore drilling 10 years ago in Thailand. In 1960, he married Sheryl Wheat. They divorced in 1964. In 1968, he married Vicky Campbell while working in Scotland. The divorced in 1975.

April 04, 2015 | | Obituaries


Walter Ray Simonson 1926 - 2015

MARSHALL, MO. - Walter Ray Simonson, 88, died Feb. 24, 2015, in Marshall, Mo., after an illness of several months.

April 04, 2015 | | Obituaries


Kirk Dean Auston 1958 - 2015

Kirk Dean Auston, 56, passed away March 29, 2015.

April 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


Arlen Clark Davidson 1947 - 2015

LEAVENWORTH - Ret. US Army Sgt. 1st Class Arlen Clark Davidson, 67, passed away March 30, 2015, at his home. Born July 9, 1947, in Great Bend, he was the son of Clark and Anna Marguerite (Green) Davidson.

April 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Leona Winterlin 1931 - 2015

HAYS - Leona Winterlin, 83, formerly of Hays, died Thursday, April 2, 2015, at the Sterling House in Great Bend. She was born in 1931 in Shickley, Nebraska, the daughter of Dan and Elsie (Birkey) Roth. She married DeWayne Winterlin on Aug. 21, 1954, in Iowa City, Iowa. He died June 20, 2000. She attended Wheaton College and Moody Bible Institute. She was an LPN and worked as a nurse at the University of Iowa Hospital and later at nursing homes in Kansas.

April 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


William L. ‘Bill’ Titsworth 1949 - 2015

GREAT BEND - William L. "Bill" Titsworth, 65, died March 30, at Hays Medical Center.

April 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


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