EUREKA - Junior Raymond Watts, of Eureka, died at his residence on Aug. 13, at the age of 84. Born in Quincy on Feb. 3, 1928, he was the son of Charlie Otho and Ruby Marie (Crouch) Watts. Junior was raised in Quincy and attended school there. After his schooling, he went to work in the oil fields as a truck driver. His truck driving nickname was "Big Iron." He retired in 1990, due to poor health.
Muriel Belcher, 78, died Aug. 14 at her home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.
ST. JOHN - Kenneth T. Siebert, 85, died Aug. 11 at South Wind Hospice House in Pratt. Born June 14, 1927 in rural Pawnee County, he was the son of Theodore R. and Mildred (Kerns) Siebert. A graduate of Radium High School and life-long resident of St. John, he was owner of Siebert Automotive since 1969. On June 12, 1951, he married Mildred M. (Steiner) at Great Bend. She survives.
MEDICINE LODGE - Gerald "Jerry" Willms, 48, died Aug. 12 at his home in Medicine Lodge. Born on Dec. 4, 1963 in Great Bend, he was the son of Dan and Connie (Ginest) Willms. On Dec. 6, 2008 he married Tammy L. Bishop at Medicine Lodge. She survives.
HOISINGTON - Frances G. (Berger) Ellington, 86, died Aug. 12 at Russell Regional Hospital. Born April 14, 1926 at Blanchard, Mich., she was the daughter of Clinton F. and Lucy Viola (DeGroat) Smalley.
HOISINGTON - Merna Marie Williamson, 86, died Aug. 10, 2012 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
HUTCHINSON - Morton "Dale" Wanwarren, 83, died Aug. 9, 2012 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.
GREAT BEND - Lawrence "Larry" Joseph Drescher, 93, of Great Bend, passed away Aug. 9, 2012.
ST. JOHN – Kenneth T. Siebert, 85, died Aug. 11, 2012 at Hospice House, Pratt.
GREAT BEND - August W. "Gus" Werhahn, 92, died Aug. 10, 2012 at Sterling House in Great Bend.
CLAFLIN - Kenneth H. Praeger, 94, died Aug. 10, 2012 at his residence in Claflin.
OLMITZ - Duane Steinert, 65, died Aug. 10, 2012 at Hays Medical Center.
HAYS - Lawrence "Larry" Frenzl, 84, died Aug. 8 at his home. Born May 10, 1928, in Odin, he was the son of Hugo and Matilda (Hoffner) Frenzl. On Aug. 29, 1952, he married Edna Kolste in Bentonville, Ark. He attended Odin Catholic School and worked as a superintendant with Reece Construction Co. in Scandia from 1949 through 1984, with two years leave to serve in the U.S. Army from 1950-1952. He also worked at McClaren Ford, Hays Pathology Lab, and Paul MacDonald Chevrolet before retiring in 1992.
Vivian M. Chalfant, 75, died Aug. 8 at her home in Great Bend. Born Nov. 21, 1936, in Annes, she was the daughter of Johnny and Mildred (Thompson) True. On April 5, 1958, she married Don Chalfant in Hutchinson. A resident of Great Bend for 48 years, coming from Hays, she was a retired secretary.
HUDSON - Richard Bernhard Fischer, 94, died Aug. 7, 2012 at Ellinwood District Hospital.
GREAT BEND - Tommy Max Schulz, 81, died April 8, 2015 at Arkansas Veterans Home at Fayetteville in Fayetteville, Ark. Born Feb. 16, 1934, in Chapman, he was the son of Walter Joseph and Marcella (Keegan) Schulz. On Dec. 23, 1958, he married Donna Fay Richards in Kanopolis. She died on Aug. 26, 1985. He earned his bachelor and master degrees fro Fort Hays State University. A resident of Great Bend since 1962, coming from Hays and moving to Wichita in 2005, he was an English teacher at Roosevelt Junior High and Great Bend Middle School.
PLAINVILLE - Juanita Geneva (Jordan) Casey passed away April 7, 2015 at Hays Medical Center at the age of 92. She was born on Jan. 9, 1923, in Jennings, Okla. to the late Edmund Earl "Doc" and Flora (Cranbrink) Jordan.
STAFFORD – Steven Wayne Stueve, 51, passed away April 5, 2015 at his home in rural Stafford. Born May 13, 1963 in Great Bend, the son of Kenneth and Agnes Stoecklein Stueve. Steven grew up in Great Bend. He was a 1981 graduate of Great Bend High School. In the years following high school he worked as a welder for Eddie Stremel Oil Field Service in Great Bend, Mid States Metals of Stafford, and was employed in farming and ranching by Joe Fritzemeyer and Lawrence Newell of Stafford. He had been self-employed as an oil field welder for the last 15 ...
GREAT BEND - Pam Jackson, 62, died April 7, 2015 at her home in Great Bend.
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.