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Kenneth Lorence “Larry” Nowak 1936 - 2012

RUSSELL - Kenneth Lorence "Larry" Nowak, 75, died Feb. 11, 2012 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

February 13, 2012 | | Obituaries


Donald (Don) Eugene Fosdick 1953 - 2012

RUSSELL - Donald (Don) Eugene Fosdick, 58, of Russell, died Feb. 9 at the Hays Medical Center in Hays. He was born Nov. 24, 1953, in Ellinwood, the son of Donald T. and Geraldine K. (Cope) Fosdick. He grew up in the Great Bend area and graduated from Great Bend High School in 1972. He was a welder and was the owner and operator of Western Welders in Oklahoma for over 15 years. He met and fell in love with his fiancée Patricia K. Wolf and they made their home in Russell. He was a true cowboy and loved horses ...

February 11, 2012 | | Obituaries


Robert D. "Bob" Engle 1929 - 2012

Robert D. "Bob" Engle died on Feb. 9 at Ellinwood District Hospital in Ellinwood. He was born on Dec. 25, 1929, in Ransom, to Oscar V. and Florence E. (Combest) Engle.

February 11, 2012 | | Obituaries


Herb 'Herbo' Freidenberger 1919-2012

OVERLAND PARK - Herb "Herbo" Freidenberger, 92, formerly of Hutchinson and Dunedin, Fla., passed away on Jan. 31, 2012 in Overland Park. Born on July 3, 1919, in Otis, he was the son of Sophie (Kindsvater) and George Freidenberger. On June 18, 1939, he married Marguerite Mendenhall in Hutchinson. She died Feb. 19, 2005. Herb retired in 1981, after a 43-year career from the Dillon Companies. After retiring to Florida, Herb attended Clown School and dedicated the next 25 years to making people laugh and smile as "Herbo" the Clown.

February 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


Bob D. Post 1923 - 2012

Bob D. Post, 88, died Feb. 7 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita. Born Feb. 20, 1923, at Winfield, he was the son of Walter Eden and Clara Louesa (Barritt) Post. He married Karen Healzer Wagner on June 5, 1970, at Great Bend. He was a driver and warehouseman for Great Bend Candy and Tobacco Co., and was an artist and retired from USD 428 as a custodian at Jefferson Elementary School.

February 09, 2012 | | Obituaries


Gary Dean Southard 1935 - 2012

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Gary Dean Southard, born George Gary Dean Southard on Jan. 16, 1935, passed away on Jan. 24 at Broward General Medical Center with family at his bedside, from complications of heart disease. A resident of Coral Springs, Fla., since 1978, he was born in Hutchinson and raised in Great Bend. Before coming to Great Bend, his family followed their father in the oil fields in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Gary graduated from Great Bend High School.

February 08, 2012 | | Obituaries


Fred Lock 1916 - 2012

ULYSSES - Fred Lock, 95, died Feb. 5 at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses. Born Aug. 24, 1916, in Barton County, he was the son of Henry and Magdalena (Mai) Lock. He attended Blood Creek School District 85 and graduated in 1935 from Otis Rural High School Otis. On Sept. 4, 1938, he married Ethel Lenora Brack in Great Bend. She died Sept. 30, 2009. A resident of Ulysses since 1954, he was the plant manager for Producer's Gas Company in Barton County, and then a gas well operator for Kansas Natural Gas for 42 years.

February 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


Florence Wilhelm Veach 1916 - 2012

ELLINWOOD - Florence Wilhelm Veach, 96, died Feb. 7 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. Born Jan. 23, 1916, in Galatia, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Magdelena Dietz Karst. On Jan. 9, 1938, she married August Wilhelm in Galatia. He died on May 18, 1976. She then married George Veach on Aug. 30, 1981, in Ellinwood. He died in 1985. A resident of Hebron, Neb., for the past several years, formerly of Ellinwood and Galatia, she was a secretary for Bosse Elevators in Ellinwood and a homemaker.

February 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


Charles T. "Chuck" Bowman 1939 - 2012

HUTCHINSON - Charles T. "Chuck" Bowman, 72, of Hutchinson, died Feb. 6 at Pine Village in Moundridge. He was born Dec. 12, 1939, at Great Bend, the son of James Orlin and Myrtle Mae Seaman. He grew up and attended school in Garden City, but graduated from Dodge City High School in 1957. He married Mathilda H. Schartz on Aug. 7, 1965, in Larned. He began working at Cessna Fluid Power in 1965, and retired at Eaton Corp. as network administrator in 1999.

February 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


Annabelle N. Spencer 1937 - 2012

Annabelle N. Spencer, 74, died Feb. 6 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born July 15, 1937, in Goessell, she was the daughter of Russell Everett and Frances Jane (Parsons) Wenger. A Great Bend resident since 1993, coming from Wichita, she was a cook at Scott County Hospital and Clara Barton Hospital.

February 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


William Edward "Ed" Kirk 1922 - 2012

William Edward "Ed" Kirk, 89, died Feb. 5, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita. Born Oct. 6, 1922, at Kansas City, Kan., he was the son of William G. and Shirley M. (King) Kirk. He married Margaret A. Schweder on Aug. 22, 1949, in Kansas City, Kan. They were married 56 years, until her passing on Nov. 11, 2005. He retired in 1987 as general manager of Great Bend Commonwealth Theatres and was a former manager of theaters in Hoisington, Pratt, Liberal and Lawrence. In Missouri he managed theaters in Monett, Columbia, Sedalia, and Springfield. He was a former owner ...

February 07, 2012 | | Obituaries


Ada Emilie Theresia Koop 1918-2012

ELLINWOOD - Ada Emilie Theresia Koop, 93, died Feb. 6, 2012 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.

February 06, 2012 | | Obituaries


Dean Edwin Wiziarde 1925 - 2012

GREAT BEND - Dean Edwin Wiziarde, 86, died Feb. 5, 2012 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend.

February 06, 2012 | | Obituaries


Calvin D. Showalter 1943 - 2012

ALBERT - Calvin D. Showalter, 68, died Feb. 2, 2012 at his home in Albert.

February 06, 2012 | | Obituaries


Basilia Vieyra 1908 - 2012

LARNED - Basilia Vieyra, 103, formerly of Larned, died Feb. 3, 2012 at Medicalodge Nursing Home in Kinsley.

February 06, 2012 | | Obituaries


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​Mary Lee (Washington) Reed 1923 - 2015

Mary Lee Reed, 91, died on Friday afternoon, July 24, 2015, at her home. Born on Dec. 31, 1923, in McGhee, Ark., she was the ...

July 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


Robert Eugene Kuhn 1932-2015

HOISINGTON - Robert Eugene Kuhn, 82, passed away at 7:25 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Missouri Veterans Home, in Mt. Vernon ...

July 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Juanita C. Landrum 1935 - 2015

MCPHERSON - Juanita C. Landrum, 79, died on July 25, 2015, at the McPherson Hospital. She was born on Sept. 11, 1935.

July 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Eudale Brack 1926 - 2015

OTIS - Eudale Brack, 88, died July 25, 2015, at Locust Grove Nursing Home in LaCrosse. Born Sept. 1, 1926, in Alva, Okla. he was the ...

July 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Grace (Wilkens) Johnson 1937 - 2015

HOLYROOD - Grace (Wilkens) Johnson, 77, passed away on July 25, 2015, at her home in Holyrood. Born Nov. 7, 1937, in Lorraine, she was the ...

July 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Steven J. Thomas 1957 - 2015

Steven J. Thomas, 58, passed away at his home in Great Bend on July 24, 2015. Steve was born on July 1, 1957, at Hutchinson ...

July 25, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Linda O. Zielke 1948 - 2015

LARNED – Linda O. Zielke, 66, passed away July 23, 2015, at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned. She was born Nov. 4, 1948, in Greene ...

July 25, 2015 | | Obituaries


Sheryl Dean Gray 1947-2015

GREAT BEND - Sheryl Dean Gray, 68, died July 21, 2015 at her home surrounded by loved ones in Great Bend.

July 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Irwin F. Alefs

GREAT BEND - Irwin F. Alefs, 90, died July 21, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.

July 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Florentine L. Oberle 1919 - 2015

CHASE - Florentine L. Oberle, 96, died July 20, 2015, at Rice Co. Hospital in Lyons. She was born on April 22, 1919, in Ellinwood, to ...

July 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Dawn Diane (Halfhill) Prothro 1957 - 2015

Dawn Diane (Halfhill) Prothro 1957 - 2015

July 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Norman William Koester 1946 - 2015

TOPEKA - Norman William Koester, 68, of Topeka, died July 19, 2015, at St. Francis Hospital. He was born on Sept. 2, 1946, in Hoisington, the ...

July 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Christopher Alan Oeser 1967-2015

CLAFLIN - Christopher Alan Oeser, 48, loving husband, son, father, and papa, died July 19, 2015, at his home in Claflin. born May 23, 1967, in ...

July 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Jack Stevenson 1930 - 2015

HOLDREGE, Neb. - John "Jack" Stevenson, 84, died July 17, 2015, at the Bryan LGH West Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. surrounded by his loving family. John ...

July 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


James W. “Jim” Oliver 1924 - 2015

James W. "Jim" Oliver, 90, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away July 17, 2015, at Brookdale Senior Living in Great Bend. He was born ...

July 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


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