Kenneth Michael Kern, 54, died April 20, 2016, at his home in Great Bend. Born Dec. 19, 1961, in Great Bend, he was the son of Kenneth M. and Ellen (Carter) Kern. A lifetime resident of Great Bend he was an oilfield driller.
Nancy Ann Zeilinger, 68, died April 20, 2016, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Jan. 28, 1948, and then placed in the Emmanuel Deaconess Orphanage on April 3, 1948, as an act of love from her birth parents. She was adopted by the Rev. Otto L. and Dorothy (Sandrock) Zeilinger on Sept. 9, 1948, and taken home to Hildreth, Neb., to be with her big "adoctored" brother, Neal. Shortly after, the family received the call to serve Peace Lutheran Church in Albert. She attended grades one through six at Elm Grove School in Rush County. She graduated from ...
INDEPENDENCE - Shelley V. Brooks, 62, passed away April 15, 2016, at home surrounded by family. Born March 27, 1954, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Maurice and Ramona (Hall) Tefft. She attended and graduated from Great Bend schools in 1972. After graduation, she moved to Kansas City. She worked for Arthur Murray Dance Studio, where she eventually met her husband. Shelley married Bruce Brooks on Feb. 9, 1980, in Kansas City, Mo. The couple made their home in Independence where Shelley was very involved with the First Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Women. She also served on a ...
PRESTON - Olen M. Munz, 61, died April 13, 2016, at Pratt Regional Living Center in Pratt. He was born Jan. 23, 1955, at Great Bend, the son of Robert Godfrey and Wilma Rhae (LeWallen) Munz. He married Anna Stanley in 1984 at Minneapolis, Kan., and they later divorced. He was a heavy equipment operator for Pratt County Road Department and enjoyed building custom rifles.
TOPEKA - Jean Jensen, 89, formerly of Ellinwood, died Sunday, April 17, 2016, at the House at Midland Care Hospice. She was born Sept. 7, 1927, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of George and Mary (Glidden) Bowker. Jean married Donald Jensen on April 18, 1946, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They lived the majority of their lives in Ellinwood where they owned and operated Jensen Associates for 57 years. Jean was an avid painter sharing many of her paintings with family and friends.
POTTSVILLE, AR ‑ Ruby Olive Dumas, 84, of Pottsville, Ark., passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock, Ark. The daughter of Claude and Ida Boldt Dellinger, she was born Aug. 3, 1931 in Bushton. She was a graduate of Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. Ruby spent many years teaching school in the Kansas and Nebraska public school system.
Judy C. (Wagner Brough) Thornton, 70, passed away from cardiac arrest April 10, 2016 in Wichita. Born Dec. 29, 1945, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of John A. Wagner and Margie Giltner. She married and divorced Jim Brough Sr. They remained friends. A lifelong resident of Great Bend she worked at Central Kansas Medical Center for 15 years and managed Fun Time Bingo for 20 years. She loved singing in Sweet Adelines and in her church choir at Central Baptist Church since 1987. She enjoyed family reunions, spending time with grandkids, and her Bingo family.