Claudia Rae Cook, 72, passed away peacefully in her sleep Oct. 22, 2016. She was in good health at the time of her passing. Claudia Rae was the youngest daughter of Hazel (Standley) and Everett Cook. Born March 22, 1944 in Goodland, she spent much of her early life growing up in Winona. Claudia was born developmentally disabled, but never let such things keep her from having a good day. Claudia's father was the local postman, and the family also owned and ran the local hotel and café in Winona. Claudia spent her childhood assisting in the family business ...
PRATT - Theda Howell Rose, 83, of Pratt, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. She was born Sept. 24, 1933, in Mullinville, to Clifford and Thelma (Liggett) Howell. She graduated from Mullinville High School and earned a Masters in Special Education from Fort Hays State University. On July 12, 1953, she married Franklin A. Rose at her home in Mullinville. She taught a year at Stafford, then moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, for two years, then moved back to the family farm before teaching special education in Great Bend for 20 years, then moved back to Greensburg, until the tornado in 2007 when ...
June L. McGreevy, 95, died Nov. 3, 2016, at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. She was born July 17, 1921, at Lorraine, the daughter of William and Edna (Narey) Murray. She married William Stanley McGreevy Sept. 3, 1946, at Great Bend. He died Sept. 26, 1974. A Great Bend resident since 1941, coming from Lorraine, Mrs. McGreevy was a Registered Nurse at Central Kansas Medical Center for 25 years. She enjoyed playing golf and cards, as well as bowling.
Joyce M. Heinz-Strecker, 64, died Nov. 2, 2016, at her home in Great Bend. Born March 23, 1952, at Dodge City, she was the daughter of Robert E. and Esther (Rohlman) Heinz. On May 6, 1989, she married Dennis Strecker Jr. at Garden City. A Great Bend resident since 1989, coming from Garden City, she worked in customer service at Dillons for 22 years.
SALINA - Brian E. Conner, M.D., 70, passed away Oct. 27, 2016. Born Jan. 27, 1946, in Great Bend he was the son of Fred and Helen (Opie) Conner. Brian graduated from Great Bend High School and participated with the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a chemistry degree followed by a medical doctorate in 1972. While at KU, he met Ann Cushing, and they were married in Downs, in 1969.
HUDSON - Merle Dean Teichmann, 83, died Oct. 27, 2016, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born April 12, 1933, he was the son of Otto and Elsie Ukens Teichmann. He was a 1951 graduate of Hudson High School and was a lifetime farmer. On Sept. 26, 1954, he married Marilyn Walter at Hudson. She died on June 4, 2016.
Verla Lou Morrison, 80, died Oct. 24, 2016, at Hays Medical Center. Born Oct. 18, 1936, in Baileyville, she was the daughter of Lee Dennis and Ava (Mann) Morrison. She married Bill Colson, They later divorced. A resident of Great Bend, she was the owner and operator of Who Knows Tavern.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Esther Rosena (Rankin) Pechanec, 99, of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away Oct. 25, 2016, in Colorado Springs. She was born Jan. 15, 1917, in Pawnee Rock. On Dec. 26, 1945, she married William John Pechanec. He passed away March 2, 1956.
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CLAFLIN - Frances Evelyn Keyes, 90, passed away Oct. 26, 2016, in Great Bend. Born Aug. 25, 1926, in Claflin she was the daughter of Emil and Orie (Belt) Kratky. On April 25, 1947, she married Rex Henry Keyes in Ellsworth. A longtime resident of Claflin, Frances worked in Food Service at Barton County Community College.
Hoisington - John Ray Breit, 53, died Oct. 25, 2016 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was born Nov. 21, 1962, the son of Edwin "Ed" and Sophie (Richmeier) Breit. John married Merri L. Goodrich Sept. 19, 1992 at Hoisington.