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Marvin Ellis Riggs 1925 - 2017

Marvin Ellis Riggs, 92, died Oct. 13, 2017, at Almost Home, Great Bend. He was born Aug. 1, 1925, at Rush County, to Lester and Josephine Emma (Smith) Riggs. He married Ruth Barker June 1, 1947, at Great Bend. She died Sept. 5, 2004. Marvin was employed as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service, Great Bend.

October 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Cleatus Walden Appel 1931 - 2017

Cleatus Walden Appel, 86, died Oct. 13, 2017, at St. David's Medical Center, Austin, Texas. He was born July 14, 1931, at La Crosse, the son of Elmer and Rachel (Schlagel) Appel. He married Evelyn Joanne Grose Dec. 3, 1950, at Bazine. She died Jan. 7, 2009. A Great Bend resident from 1954 to 2009, Mr. Appel was a heavy equipment mechanic for John Deere.

October 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


LeRoy William Reif 1928 - 2017

LeRoy William Reif, 89, died Oct. 12, 2017, at his home in Great Bend. He was born July 4, 1928, in Stafford County, the son of William A. and Irene M. (Laudick) Reif. He married Dolores M. Tauscher Nov. 26, 1951, at Hoisington. She died Nov. 19, 2010. A lifetime area resident, Mr. Reif was a farmer.

October 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Esther Ruth Boxberger 1927 - 2017

Esther Ruth Boxberger, 90, died Oct. 12, 2017, at Almost Home, Great Bend. She was born June 18, 1927, at Hoisington, to Alexander and Lydia (Streck) Lust.

October 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Brenda Lee Urban

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio - Brenda Lee Urban (nee Hanks), age 68, of North Ridgeville, Ohio passed away on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at the Cleveland Clinic following surgery. She was born in Conroe, Texas, grew up in Great Bend and had spent most of her life in Dodge City before moving to North Ridgeville, Ohio, in 2015.

October 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Lowell Fensky

HUDSON – Lowell Fensky, 83, died Thursday, October 12, 2017, at Stafford County Hospital, Stafford. Services are pending with Minnis Chapel, Stafford.

October 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Esther R. Boxberger

Esther R. Boxberger, 90, died Oct. 12, 2017, at Almost Home, Great Bend. Services are pending and will be announced at a later date by Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.

October 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Philip Ray Manka 1941 - 2017

PAWNEE ROCK – Philip Ray Manka, 75, passed away Oct. 3, 2017, at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Sept. 29. He was born Dec. 29, 1941, at Fresno, Calif., the son of Robert M. and Jessie A. (Lone) Manka. He was a graduate of Rozel High School. Mr. Manka worked in the shipping department at Fuller Brush for many years. He was dedicated to raising the three special needs sons he adopted. Mr. Manka was an avid collector of antiques and auction bargains.

October 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


David Wayne Manka 1968 - 2017

PAWNEE ROCK – David Wayne Manka, 48, passed away Sept. 29, 2017, in Barton County as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Nov. 24, 1968, in Binghamton, N.Y. He was adopted by Philip Manka at a young age. David was a graduate of Larned High School. He was a ranch hand at Rosewood Ranch, caring for the horses. He enjoyed family outings, fishing, target shooting, attending auctions, collecting belt buckles and tools.

October 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Robert A. Poppelreiter 1940-2017

CLAFLIN - Robert A. Poppelreiter, 79, died Oct. 10, 2017, at Leisure Homestead, St. John. He was born Aug. 13, 1940, in rural Bushton, the son of Joseph and Ella (Brunin) Poppelreiter.

October 10, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Nadine Marie (Krom) Liston 1940 2017

Nadine Marie (Krom) Liston, 77, died Oct. 4, 2017, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. She was born March 16, 1940 at Great Bend, the daughter of Phillip and Mamie (Jones Krom. She married Richard G. Thoren in December 1959 and had Jeri, Terry and Sharie. Later she married Perry Liston on Aug. 9, 1976 and had Keri. She was a lifetime resident of Kansas and moved to many different places. She was a homemaker and mother of four children.

October 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Elizabeth A. Stoskopf

BELTON, Texas - Elizabeth A. Stoskopf, 100, of Belton, Texas, formerly of Hoisington. Died Oct. 9, 2017. Services are pending and will be announced at a later date by Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.

October 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Christian John Risner 2014 - 2017

LEBO - Christian John Risner, 3, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 in Emporia. Christian was born March 17, 2014, the son of Joshua and Sarah (Dimitt) Risner. He recently graduated from Bright Beginnings Preschool and attend ABC Daycare with Amber Barrett and Taylor Cartee

October 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Shelby Ray Jones 1939 - 2017

Shelby Ray Jones, 78, died Oct. 8, 2017, in Great Bend, following an extended illness. He was born Sept. 23, 1939, at Mount Pleasant, Pa., the son of Elmer Cleo Jones and Jennie Mae (Bever) Jones Rice. He married Martha A. Saffer Jan. 8, 1965, at Alva, Okla. A Great Bend resident most of his life, Mr. Jones was a captain for the Great Bend Fire Department for 38 years and worked for Haz-Mat Response for 17 years. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran.

October 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Lorraine M. Petz 1921 - 2017

ELLINWOOD - Lorraine M. Petz, 96, passed away at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood on Sept. 23, 2017. Born in Ellinwood to Edwin and Margaret (Klepper) Petz on May 23, 1921, she was a lifetime resident of Ellinwood. She worked as a sales clerk at J.C. Penney and as a waitress at numerous restaurants in Ellinwood and Great Bend. Lorraine loved to dance and was an avid card and bingo player.

October 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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Adela Ramirez Aguirre 1954 - 2017

GREAT BEND – Adela Ramirez Aguirre of Great Bend, 62, passed away on Sunday evening, Dec. 3, 2017 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

December 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Mary Beth (Tieperman) Bunker 1933 - 2017

ST. JOHN - Mary Beth (Tieperman) Bunker, 84, passed away Nov. 28, 2017, in Dallas, Texas.

December 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Clair Kenneth (Kenny) Eye 1921 - 2017

LARNED - Clair Kenneth (Kenny) Eye, 96, passed away Nov. 30, 2017, at Country Living Memory Care, Larned. He was born Nov. 1, 1921, in Abilene ...

December 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Lester L. “Buck” Lindsay 1930-2017

OLMITZ - Lester L. "Buck" Lindsay, 87, died Dec. 4, 2017, at Diversicare of Larned.

December 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


George R. Slater 1932 - 2017

George R. Slater, 85, died Dec. 2, 2017, at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. He was born June 12, 1932, at Coats, the son ...

December 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


James Matthew Zager 1952 - 2017

GARDEN CITY, Mo. - James Matthew Zager, 65, died Nov. 29, 2017, at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. He was born Jan. 22, 1952, at ...

December 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Ernest (Bud) M. Amerine 1924 - 2017

OMAHA, Neb. - Ernest (Bud) M. Amerine passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, at the age of 93, in Omaha, Neb.and went to ...

November 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Dallas Lynn DeWerff 1940 - 2017

ELLINWOOD - Dallas Lynn DeWerff 77, of Kingston, Okla. passed away Nov. 19, 2017, at the hospital in Durant, Okla. He was born on June 4 ...

November 29, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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