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Vickie Lynn Fisher 1960-2016

ELLINWOOD - Vickie Lynn Fisher, 55, passed away Jan. 7, 2016 at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital, Wichita.

January 09, 2016 | | Obituaries


Mae Malissia Sanders 1929 - 2016

Ellinwood - Mae Malissia Sanders, 86, passed away at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington on Jan. 6, 2016. She was born in Alexandria, LA on Aug. 23, 1929 to Nicholas & Minnie Bennett. She married Leon Sanders in Clovis, NM on Nov. 17, 1951.

January 07, 2016 | | Obituaries


Ellen I. Baldwin 1936 - 2016

Ellen I. Baldwin, 79, died Jan. 7, 2016, at her home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 28, 1936, in Wauneta, Neb., she was the daughter of Jay C. and Olive (Michelson) Hays. She married Harold J. Wiesner. She later married Kent Baldwin on April 9, 1983, in Ellis. He survives. A Great Bend resident since 1967, coming from Ellis, she was a secretary for Dr. Kutina and a clerk at Dillon's. She enjoyed volunteering at St. Rose Health Center, and the Bloodmobile, as well as golfing and flower gardening.

January 07, 2016 | | Obituaries


Keith Alan Baker 1955-2016

HOLYROOD - Keith Alan Baker, 60, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at his home in Holyrood.

January 06, 2016 | | Obituaries


Wilma M. Demel 1935 - 2016

HOISINGTON - Wilma M. Demel, 80, died Jan. 5, 2016, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend.

January 06, 2016 | | Obituaries


Ruth Marie (Suppes) Engel 1930 - 2016

LORRETO - Ruth Marie (Suppes) Engel, 85, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Center of Hays.

January 06, 2016 | | Obituaries


​Gary M. “Coach” DeLong 1942 - 2016

DURANT, Iowa - Gary M. "Coach" DeLong, 73, died on Jan. 4, 2016, at his home. Born Oct. 2, 1942, in Cedarvale, he was raised by his loving mother Doris (Hampton) Gray. In 1960, he graduated from Claflin High School, then graduated with his teaching degree from Fort Hays State College in Hays. On April 12, 1969, he married Dixie Ann Hertach in Claflin.

January 05, 2016 | | Obituaries


​Bernard Richard “Bernie” Schenk 1924 - 2016

Bernard Richard "Bernie" Schenk, 91, died Jan. 4, 2016, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. He was born Oct. 15, 1924, at Olmitz, the son of William and Emily (Spitzka) Schenk. He married Mary Jo Riedel May 20, 1953, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Olmitz. They were residents of Olmitz for 36 years, moving to Great Bend in 1989. From 1951 to 1980, Mr. Schenk served as a rural mail carrier at Olmitz. Following his retirement from the postal service, he became Knights of Columbus Insurance Field Agent for the Western Kansas Agency, providing insurance needs to brother Knights ...

January 05, 2016 | | Obituaries


Curtis S. Werner Sr. 1959 - 2015

LYONS - Curtis S. Werner Sr., 56, died Jan. 2, 2016, at his residence in Lyons. Born Dec. 10, 1959, in Ellinwood, he was the son of Wayne Joseph and Julia A. Bever Werner. A lifetime resident of Rice County, having lived in Lyons, Chase, Raymond and Great Bend, he attended the Chase/Raymond School System. He worked at the Rice County Highway Department in road maintenance. On Feb. 12, 1977, he married Janie Martinez in Chase.

January 04, 2016 | | Obituaries


Helen Rose Wagner 1921-2015

Helen Rose Wagner, 94, died Jan. 4, 2016, at The Cedars, McPherson. Born Sept. 15, 1921 at Liebenthal, she was the daughter of John and Anna Margaret (Geist) Heronema.

January 04, 2016 | | Obituaries


Elizabeth "Betty" Heitschmidt 1924-2015

HOLYROOD - Elizabeth E. "Betty" Heitschmidt, 91, passed away Dec. 30, 2015. Born Jan. 24, 1924, on a farm near Geneseo, she was the daughter of William and Lillian Allen Bailey. She graduated from Ellsworth High School and then attended Fort Hays State. She began a teaching career in a one room school north of Holyrood. She taught many years as a teacher and substitute in the Holyrood school system. On Aug. 2, 1945, she married Marvin Heitschmidt in Ellsworth. He passed away Oct. 9, 1991. For 19 years, Elizabeth owned and operated Betty's dry good store in Holyrood.

January 04, 2016 | | Obituaries


John Eldon Montgomery 1925 - 2015

LAWRENCE - John Eldon Montgomery, of Lawrence, died Dec. 26, 2015. For 90 years he blessed those around him with his passion for living. John was born in Junction City on Aug. 3, 1925, the only child of Chris and Esther Oegerle Montgomery. John enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17, prior to his graduation from high school in Junction City in 1943. He served in the Navy until April 14, 1946, and was the tail gunner on two aircraft carrier dive bombers. Taking part in such World War II operations as Wake Island, Truk Atoll, Saipan, and Iwo ...

January 04, 2016 | | Obituaries


​Ralph R. Wickstrom 1928 - 2016

LARNED - Ralph R. Wickstrom, 87, passed away Jan. 1, 2016, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation, Great Bend. He was born June 24, 1928, in Larned, the son of John and Lena Jantz Wickstrom. On Oct. 22, 1966, he married Verda Lea Thomas Mauney in Wichita. She passed away Dec. 8, 2006. He moved to rural Pawnee Rock in 1966 where he was a farmer.

January 02, 2016 | | Obituaries


​Jay Shelton Cummings 1956 - 2015

ADA, Kan. - Jay Shelton Cummings, 59, Ada, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Hutchinson. He was born at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka on July 12, 1956, to Joseph L. and Sharon Cummings.

January 02, 2016 | | Obituaries


​Jack J. Ferrell 1950 - 2015

Jack J. Ferrell, 65, died Dec. 24, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born May 22, 1950, at Great Bend, the son of "A. J." and Ruth Ferrell. A Great Bend resident, he was a retired truck driver for Linde Transport and a private pilot.

January 02, 2016 | | Obituaries


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Wilbert C. “Willie” Fanshier 1926 - 2016

ST. JOHN - Wilbert C. "Willie" Fanshier, 89, died Jan. 29, 2016, at Stafford County Hospital in Stafford. Born Aug. 2, 1926, in Stafford County, he ...

February 01, 2016 | | Obituaries


James Bennett “J. B.” Webster 1928-2016

James Bennett "J. B." Webster, 87, died Feb. 1, 2016, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Oct. 10, 1928 at Dexter, N.M ...

February 01, 2016 | | Obituaries


Hulda Steinert Bitter 1915-2016

HOISINGTON - Hulda Steinert Bitter, 100, died Jan. 29, 2016, at Country Place Senior Living, Hoisington. She was born Aug. 30, 1915, at Galatia, the daughter ...

January 30, 2016 | | Obituaries


​Wilbert Charles Fanishier

ST. JOHN - Wilbert Charles Fanishier, 89, died Jan. 29, 2016, at Stafford County Hospital, Stafford. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road ...

January 30, 2016 | | Obituaries


Kevin D. Anderson 1968 - 2016

Kevin D. Anderson, 47, Great Bend, formerly of Hays, died Jan. 28, 2016, from a brief but aggressive illness at St. Luke's Hospital in ...

January 30, 2016 | | Obituaries


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