ODIN - Eric R. Beran, 50, died May 19 at home in Odin. Born Aug. 15, 1963 at Great Bend, he was the son of Gerald W. "Jerry"and Elvita (Dolechek) Beran.
LARNED - Troy Lee Fox, 50, died May 18, at Emporia. Born Oct. 29, 1963 at Hastings, Neb., he was the son of Galen and Charolette "Sue" Cambron Fox. He was a Larned resident for 25 years moving from Garden City. He was a Diesel Mechanic for Doonan Truck. He was a member of The Fathers House, Larned.
Gilbert Francis Penka, 66, died May 17, at his home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.
Blanche Opal Rea, 92, died May 17, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Oct. 30, 1921 in Hoisington, she was the daughter of Charlie "Chase" and Stazie (Novotny) Hejny. On Aug. 22, 1943 she married Kenneth "K.E." Rea in Hoisington. He died on Nov. 14, 1998. A Great Bend resident since 2001, coming from The Ozarks, Mo., she also had resided in Otis; Hoisington; Sweetwater, Texas; Abilene, Texas; Mozambique, South Africa; Libya; North Africa; Denver, Colo.; London, Ky.; Tehran; Iran; and Vincennes, Ind. She was a self-employed cosmetologist. She devoted her life to her children and grandchildren.
HOISINGTON - Elizabeth J. "Betty Jean" Schneider, 83, died May 16, 2014, at Salina Regional Medical Center, Salina. She was born Aug. 9, 1930, at rural Odin, to Joseph and Mary (Reif) Finger. She married Joseph Francis Schneider Aug. 11, 1953, at Odin. He died March 29, 1995.
GARFIELD – Melvin E. Strobel, 84, passed away May 16, at Diversicare of Larned. He was born March 29, 1930, in Larned, the son of Arthur Eugene and Edna Mae Bird Strobel. On April 6, 1952, he married Alice Joan Fairchild in Larned. She passed away Dec. 7, 1997. A lifetime area resident, he was a farmer/stockman.
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Marianne Gear Zoller passed away on Easter, April 20, 2014, at peace in the company of her loving family. She was born on Oct. 12, 1929, in Hutchinson, to oilman Raymond William and Elizabeth O'Neill Gear. She attended Hutchinson High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Kansas, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She married oilman Henry (Hank) Eugene Zoller Jr., raised five children in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., and embarked on a successful real estate career with Garrett-Bromfield & Company until her ...
HAYS - Era Lee (Carter) Popp, 87, Hays, died May 15 at the Via Christi Villages. She was born Sept. 16, 1926, in Marietta, Ga., the daughter of Narvell and Lottie (Belle) Carter. She married Marvin L. Popp. He died on Dec. 14, 2001. She was a homemaker.
WICHITA – Michael J. Dreiling, 66, passed away May 15 in Wichita. He was born July 14, 1947, in Great Bend, the son of Ralph and Anna Marie (Peg) Turner Dreiling. Living most of his life in Wichita, he was the owner of Dreiling Liquor.
LOVELAND, Colo. - June Moeller passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. She was born on July 12, 1927, in Nekoma, to George and Maude Kershner.
PUEBLO WEST, Colo. - Charles Preston "Chuck" Davis, 69, passed away unexpectedly on May 10, in his home. He was born Nov. 19, 1944, in Wichita. In 1962 he graduated from Great Bend High School, and in 1966 from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in wildlife management.
AURORA, Colo. - Donald L. Radke, 57, died May 14, 2014 in Aurora, Co.
HOISINGTON – Kenneth L. Ford, 87, died May 13, 2014 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood.
SALINA - Pamela D. (Crisler) Stedman, formerly of Wichita, died May 11, 2014 in Salina.
NORMAN, Okla. - Winnis A. Becker, 98, died May 12, 2014 at his home in Norman, Okla.
HAYS - Louise Rohr, 99, Hays, died Friday, July 4, at the Hays Good Samaritan Society.
Thaine "T. C." Francis, 85, died July 7 at Catholic Care, Bel Aire. Born Dec. 21, 1928, at Hudson, he was the son of Leslie and Lucille (Jones) Francis.
James A. Norvell, 91, of Great Bend, died Sunday morning in Bartlesville, Okla. James spent his last few months at his son Brian's Bartlesville home. James Alfred Norvell was born the son of Ross and Georgie Fry Norvell on Sept. 14, 1922, in Piney, Ark. He grew up in various places until entering the United States Navy during World War II. During his service he served on various vessels and was present for the Allied Invasion of France. After his military service James went to western Kansas to do farm work. He soon ended up in the oilfields as ...
PRATT - Laura Viola "Vi" Wagner, 79, died July 6, at South Wind Hospice in Pratt. Born Sept. 1, 1934, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Cash and Nellie Doty. On Jan. 30, 1959, she married Theodore (Nubbin) Heiter at Miami, Okla. He preceded her in death. She later married Bruce Wagner on May 23, 1986. He survives. She worked as a clerk at Crick's and also cooked for USD 382 and Pratt Regional Medical Center for a number of years. Her family was her passion.
FREDONIA - Tom Stephen Welton, 67, a resident of Fredonia, formerly of Hoisington, and El Dorado, died July 5, at Fredonia Regional Hospital. Born Aug. 7, 1946, in Great Bend, he was the son of Donald E. and Mable (Roche) Welton. Tom was a graduate of Hoisington High School and received a bachelor's degree from Emporia State University. He was a retired office manager for Automotive Specialists in El Dorado.