Marge M. Watkins, 93, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 8, at Almost Home, Inc. in Great Bend. Born Aug. 30, 1921, in Dodge city, she was the daughter of Fred and Anna May (Lewis) Cummins. On Oct. 3, 1938, she married Henry F. Watkins in Dodge City. He died on Feb. 25, 1991. She and her husband owned Westlawn Salvage until 1956, when they moved to Great Bend. They then opened their new business, A & A Iron & Metal. She loved fishing, hunting, gardening, bowling, and bingo.
Ralph L. Stalcup, 86, died Jan. 7, 2015, at Locust Grove, La Crosse. He was born June 5, 1928, at Great Bend, to Arthur A. and Amy (Gates) Stalcup. He married Mary Katheryn "Pollie" Clevenger May 9, 1953, at Hutchinson. She died Feb. 28, 2009. A Great Bend resident since 1976, coming from the Seward area, he was a farmer and stockman and was president of Globe Operating Inc.
Gloria Leon, 65, died Jan. 7, 2015, at her home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 25, 1949, in Great Bend she was the daughter of Sextos and Irene (Weiss) Leon. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was a dishwasher at the Highland Manor. She enjoyed music and dances.
ELLINWOOD - Thecla Graf (Tex) Hammersmith, 94, joined the angels in heaven on Jan. 6, 2015. Born Dec. 14, 1920, in Victoria, she was the daughter of Alex P. and Anna Marie Graf. On Sept. 12, 1938, she married Eugene E.(Dutch) Hammersmith in Gorham. A resident of Ellinwood since 1979, she was a homemaker. She enjoyed Bingo, playing cards, and visiting with friends at the Heritage Senior Center. She was an avid fisherman in her younger days.
Darlene Ann Biggs, 79, died Jan. 5, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Oct. 12, 1935, in Groton, S.D., she was the daughter of Clarence and Bessie (Eikanas) Craig. On March 26, 1956, she married Daniel Noah "Danny" Biggs at Kingman. He died July 14, 2008. She attended Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen, S.D., and was a third and fourth grade teacher in Faith, S.D. She was a resident of Great Bend since 1962, coming from Kingman.
WOODWARD, OKLA. - Eleanor Joan (Gallaugher) Parks, 78, of Woodward, Okla., died Tuesday, Jan. 6 at Woodward Regional Medical Center. Born Nov. 3, 1936 at Medicine Lodge, she was the daughter of William James Gallaugher and Edith Frances (Osborn) Gallaugher. On April 17, 1959 she married Ronald K. Parks in Enid, Okla. He survives.
Elizabeth Ann Homer-Siemers, 88, passed away Jan. 4, at Cherry Village Care Home in Great Bend. Born Oct. 22, 1926, in St. John, she was the daughter of John B. and Erma H. (Headding) Kendall. A resident of Great Bend since 1983, coming from San Jose, Calif., she was a retired grocery clerk. On June 1, 1945, she married Glenden Earl Homer in San Francisco, Calif. He preceded her in death.
Martin George Robl, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D, died on Dec. 31. Born to George and Loretta Robl in Ellinwood, he was the youngest of four children, 'Sonny'. He met the love of his life, Rosalie 'his' Darling Hochanadel in 1957, and they were married on Thanksgiving Day in 1960. They celebrated 54 years of marriage together.
DENVER, Colo. - Jesse Therston Whala, 85, passed away Dec. 27, 2014.
Darlene Ann BiggS, 79, died Jan. 5 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.
ELLINWOOD ‑ Milton M. Meyer, 88, passed away at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood on Jan. 5. Born on the family farm on Sept. 15, 1926 near Ellinwood, he was the son of Fred and Dena (Siefkes) Meyer.
ELLINWOOD ‑ Melvin Stanley Ringering, 76, passed away at home on Monday Jan. 5. Born Aug. 22, 1938, he was the son of Stanley H. and Dorothy (Schade) Ringering.
DENVER, Colo. - Jesse Therston Whala, 85, passed away Dec. 27, 2014.
NEWTON - Following a courageous battle with cancer Valetta Stroble went on to be with the Lord Jan. 4. She was surrounded by her five children at her passing. Born March 9, 1934, in Larned, she was the daughter of John and Mary Penka. In 1954, she was married at the age of 20 to the love of her life, Bob Stroble. To this happy union were born five children, two daughters, Jan Plummer of Newton and Julie Taylor of Joplin Mo., and three sons John Stroble of Edmond Okla., Bob Stroble of Manhattan and Wade Stroble of Newton. Bob and ...
Maria Julia Lopez, 54, died Jan. 2, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born June 25, 1960, in Havana, Cuba, she was the daughter of Israel and Alba E. (Lopez) Lopez. She married Enrique Alvarez. A resident of Great Bend since 2009, coming from Miami, Fla., she was a caregiver for Rosewood Services.
TOPEKA - Kyle Ann Lichter, 51, Topeka, passed away Feb. 24, 2015.
HOISINGTON - Eugene H. Bitter, 83, died Feb. 22, 2015, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born March 30, 1931, on the family farm near Susank, he was the son of Julius and Emilie (Schmidt) Bitter. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, Eugene was a farmer, stockman and fisherman.
OREM, Utah - Delpha Irene Freeman Douglas died Feb. 20th. Born July 11, 1905, at Bogard, Carrollton County, Mo., she was the daughter of John Franklin Freeman and Alice Virginia Smith Freeman. On Aug. 2, 1924, she married Charlie Nelson Douglas in Anthony. He died on Sept. 17, 1981.
HOISINGTON - Eugene H. Bitter, 84, died Feb. 22, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born March 30, 1930, on the family farm near Susank, he was the son of Julius and Emilie (Schmidt) Bitter. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, Eugene was a farmer, stockman and fisherman.
ALBERT - LoRay D. George, 83, died Feb. 21, at Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care in La Crosse. Born Sept. 1, 1931, in rural Albert he was the son of Herman "H. D." and Hilda "A. C." (Tammen) George. On Aug. 21, 1959, he married Anna Mae Wheeler at Peace Lutheran Church in Albert. She preceded him in death Feb. 3, 2002. A lifelong resident of Rush County he was a farmer.
LARNED - Larry L. Fleske, 55, passed away Feb. 20, at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Oct. 9, 1959, in Great Bend, he was the son of Walter W. and Rena J. Eveleigh Fleske. On Jan. 14, 1989, he married Sharon L. Horne in Great Bend. She survives. A lifetime area resident of Larned he was farmer/stockman.
LARNED - Gerald P. (Short) Penka, 62, passed away Jan. 11, 2015, at his home in Norwood, Mass., following a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.
GREAT BEND – Lloyd Earl Donham, 81, died Feb. 18, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
AMARILLO, TEXAS ‑ Calvin (Bud) Jennings, 72, died Feb. 7 at Amarillo, Texas. Born July 23 1942 at Larned, he was the son of Calvin and Eunice (Pool) Jennings.
Lloyd Earl Donham, 81, died Feb. 18 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.
LARNED - Mary Beth Herrmann, 59, died on Feb. 18, at Diversicare of Larned. Born Feb. 23, 1955, in Kinsley, she was the daughter of Quentin J. and Lucy W. Tholen Herrmann. She graduated from Barton County Community College with an A.A. in Nursing and from Barclay College with a B.S. in Business Administration. A lifetime area resident, she was a Registered Nurse and Administrator at the Pawnee County Health Department.
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BISON - Ella Marie Steitz was born Jan. 9, 1934, in Bison in Rush County, the daughter of Jacob and Ella (Schaumburg) Scheuerman. She was adopted and raised by her parents, Constain and Florence (Scheuerman) Steitz. She graduated from Bison High School in 1952 and attended Fort Hays College. After living in Denver, Colo. for 31 years, she retired from Shell Chemical and returned to Bison in 1988.