ROZEL - Brant Adam Colglazier, 18, died Nov. 20. He was born March 11, 1994 in Great Bend, the son of Ray Colglazier and Debra Wedge Colglazier. A lifetime area resident, he was a grocery stockman at Dillon's.
Kelly Holden Benker, 24, died Nov. 19 in Barton County. Born April 6, 1988 in Kingman, he was the son of Keith Wayne and Susan Lynn (Bojan) Benker. A resident of Great Bend since 1993, coming from Kingman, he was an electrician.
DENVER, Colo. - Sylvia Ann Welch, 79, died Nov. 14 at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, Colo. Born July 18, 1933 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of J. David and Esther (Ehrlich) Marmie. On May 17, 1954, she married Charles E. Welch in Great Bend. They later divorced. A resident of Denver, Colo. since 1954, coming from Great Bend, she was employed by J.C. Penney, May D & F, Circuit City, Mountain Bell and owned and operated a Dolly Madison Creamery in the 1970s.
BURDETT - Mary Ellen Smith, 75, died Nov. 18 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence.
HOLYROOD - Kay K. Vanek, 80, died Nov. 17 in Ellsworth. He was born on March 5, 1932 in Lincoln County.
TOPKEA - James Elliott Foster, 87, of Topeka, passed away Nov. 17 at Brewster Health Center following a short illness. Jim was born on April 8, 1925, in Topeka. He was the only child of Dwayne Eliab Foster and Geraldine Mareeta Gardner Foster. Although Jim attended Topeka schools most of his life, his family moved to Carlsbad, N.M. for a couple of years at the beginning of the Great Depression, and returned to Topeka. Jim attended Van Buren Elementary, Crane Junior High, and was a 1943 graduate of Topeka High School. He played on the Topeka High School Varsity Baseball ...
RUSSELL - Audie Lee Karst, 58, of Russell, formerly of Great Bend and Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., departed this life Nov. 15, 2012 at Russell Regional Hospital after a courageous, year-long battle with cancer.
DENVER, Colo. - Sylvia Ann Welch, 79, died Nov. 14, 2012 at Porter Adventist Hospital, Denver, Colo.
LYONS - Virginia L. (Miller) Champ, 78, passed away Nov. 15, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Society in Lyons.
THE COLONY, Texas - John A. Gordon, 65, passed away Nov. 10, 2012.
LINDSBORG - Alan Kent Christians, 57, of Lindsborg, passed away surrounded by his family and friends on Nov. 16, 2012.
ELLINWOOD - Elinor May Bryant Hiss, 76, died Nov. 14 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born March 24, 1936, at Great Bend, she was the daughter of Harry and Clara Koch Bryant. In 1954 she graduated from Ellinwood High School. On Aug. 26, 1956, she married Frederick (Lawrence) Hiss at Ellinwood. He died on July 25, 2011. A lifetime resident of Barton and Rice counties, she was employed at the Barton County Extension Office from 1954-1957, was secretary for Grace Lutheran Church from 1972-1980, worked in the Rice County Appraisers Office from 1980-2002; and was a Drive my Car school ...
ALBERT - Lynette Kay Cummins was taken up to heaven on Nov. 10, 2012 due to a dune buggy accident in Wynoka, Okla.
HOISINGTON - Sue Gladys Abraham, 92, died Nov. 14, 2012 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend.
PONCA CITY, Okla. - Virginia Raye Lewis, 78, died Nov. 13, 2012 at her home in Ponca City, Okla.
Hilda Chakir, 98, died April 7 at River Bend Assisted Living in Great Bend. Born April 8, 1916, in rural Barton County, she was the daughter of Gustav "Gus" and Matilda (Liese) Kasselman. On Aug. 19, 1939, she married Theodore Richard "Dick" Griffith in Great Bend. He died on April 25, 1977. She then married Norman William Chakir on March 10, 1981, in Miami, Okla. He died on Dec. 30, 2012. A lifetime resident of Barton County she was a homemaker. She was a former 4-H Leader, and enjoyed her family, quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and going to dances.
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.
Terry D. Barber, 73, passed away April 4, 2015, at Kansas Heart Hospital with his family by his side.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
WICHITA - Kathryn M. Busch died Monday, April 6. She was the daughter of George and Zoe (True) Yarbrough.
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.
MARSHALL, MO. - Walter Ray Simonson, 88, died Feb. 24, 2015, in Marshall, Mo., after an illness of several months.
Kirk Dean Auston, 56, passed away March 29, 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.
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.
GREAT BEND - William L. "Bill" Titsworth, 65, died March 30, at Hays Medical Center.