Delores I. "Dee" Potts, 82, died Jan. 6, 2017, at River Bend Assisted Living, Great Bend. Born May 26, 1934, at Great Bend, she was the daughter of August Henry "Gus" and Ethel May (Doonan) Gagelman. She married Loy Eugene "Gene" Potts in July 1970 at Great Bend. He died April 17, 2013.
William K. "Bill" McCoy, 86, died Jan. 6, 2017, at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. He was born Nov. 25, 1930, at Norton, the son of George and Margaret (Maher) McCoy. He married Betty J. Zimmerman May 5, 1962, at Great Bend. A long-time Great Bend resident, coming from Norton, Mr. McCoy managed Burke's Shoe Store and later owned and operated McCoy's Shoe Store.
Mary Elizabeth Boyle, 96, died Jan. 6, 2017, at her home with her family by her side. She was born on Sept. 6, 1920 at Wilsall, Mont., to Paul Vestal and Matilda (Allan) Smith. She was the fourth of five children born to this pioneering couple. She grew up in Salina on the family dairy farm.
STAFFORD – Georgine Weber, 68, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at Pratt Health and Rehabilitation in Pratt. Born on Feb. 16, 1948, she was the daughter of Luther and Dorothy (Miller) Beshears. On Nov. 27, 1965 she married Edwin Weber in Great Bend. He died March 30, 1995.
Lucille Kathryn Hickel Branan, 90, died Jan. 2, 2017, at Hopewest Hospice, Grand Junction, Colo. Born Nov. 3, 1926, at Redwing, she was the daughter of Emil and Magdelena (Courange) Hickel. She married Leo A. Kaiser April 24, 1945, at Beaver. He died Sept. 29, 1961. She then married R. L. "Bob" Branan Jan. 15, 1973, at Claflin. He died Apr. 26, 2008. Mrs. Branan was a lifetime resident of Barton County.
Sandra Lee "Sandy" Monroe, 71, passed away peacefully Dec. 14, 2016, at her family home of 60 years in Great Bend. She was born Jan. 10, 1945 in Jefferson City, Mo., the daughter of Roy E. and Marie H. Lindsey. A Great Bend resident since 1947 and graduate of Great Bend High School, Sandy was a custodian at First United Methodist Church for 23 years. Previously she served as the director of Let's Help soup kitchen and as a meat wrapper for Dillons in Topeka.
Lawrence F. "Larry" Weiser, 97, passed away peacefully on Jan. 4, 2017, at his Great Bend residence. He was born Sept. 4, 1919, at Odin, the son of Rudolph J. and Mary Louise (Grellinger) Weiser. He was a 1939 graduate of Odin High School and then attended St. Joseph Military Academy in Hays, until he was drafted into the United States Army in the summer of 1941. He was a decorated World War II combat veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater, and was involved in the liberation of the Philippine Islands in 1945.
Bernadine Schultz, 67, died Jan. 4, 2017, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born April 7, 1949, at Stockton, she was the daughter of Harold and Iola (Cahail) Schultz. A Great Bend resident since 1968, she was an LPN. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
Consuelo "Connie" Rocha Burke, 82, died Jan. 2, 2017, at Trinity Manor in Dodge City. Born Sept. 13, 1934, at Lewis, she was the daughter of Jose C. and Manuela (Munoz) Castaneda. On July 23, 1988, she married Marion Lester "Les" Burke at Great Bend. He died Oct. 30, 2008. A Great Bend resident since 1953, she was a bartender at Great Bend Petroleum Club. She has resided in Dodge City since 2008.
Lois May Hill, 90, died Jan. 1, 2017, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Jan. 15, 1926, at Galatia, she was the daughter of Henry LaVern and Florence A. (White) Bryant. On June 2, 1946, she married Glenn Earl Hill at Great Bend. He died Aug. 31, 2012. A Great Bend resident most of her life, coming from Galatia, she was a bookkeeper for Montgomery Ward and the telephone office.
F. Duane Dugan, 90, died Jan. 1, 2017, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born July 11, 1926, at Fort Scott, he was the son of Harry and Frances (Pellett) Dugan. He married Roberta Simpson Sept. 17, 1955, at Fort Scott. A Great Bend resident since January 1965, coming from Fort Scott, Mr. Dugan worked in law enforcement for 57 years.