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Curt L. Richards 1958-2017

RUSSELL - Curt L. Richards, 59, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at his home with his family by his side. Born Feb. 13, 1958 in Russell, he was the son of Bill A. and Marjorie A. (Richardson) Richards. He grew up and attended school in Russell.

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Verna J. Riemann 1927-2017

BEAVER - Verna J. Riemann, 90, died Nov. 9, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society, Ellsworth. She was born Jan. 13, 1927, in Wilson, the daughter of Vincent A. and Josephine F. (Tymer) Pejsha. Verna graduated from Wilson High School and then earned her bachelor's degree from Fort Hays State University.

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Darlene Marie Dean 1951 - 2017

Darlene Marie Dean, 66, died Nov. 8, 2017, at Hays Medical Center, Hays. She was born June 25, 1951 at Hays, to Aloysius and Cleopha Elizabeth (Herrman) Leiker.

November 08, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Bobby Leon Gitgood 1952 - 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. - Bobby Leon Gitgood, 64, died on Sunday Nov. 5, 2017, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He was the son of Betty and Smokey Kramer, and Ben Gitgood. Born Nov. 16, 1952, in Great Bend, he graduated Great Bend High School in 1970, and served his country in the United States Navy. He retired and moved to Sarasota, Fla. in 2015.

November 08, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Leota June Mettling, 1924-2017

LAKE JACKSON, Texas - Leota June Mettling, 93, of Lake Jackson, Texas, passed away Nov. 3, 2017 in the loving hands of her daughter Deanne and her husband Marv Amerine.

November 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Lawrence Emil Demel 1931-2017

HOISINGTON - Lawrence Emil Demel, 85, died Nov. 5, 2017, at the Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. He was born Nov. 24, 1931 at rural Redwing, to Alois and Christina (Schneweis) Demel. Lawrence married Sidone (Demel) Oct. 4, 1955 at Beaver. She survives.

November 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


James L. Philbern 1928 - 2017

James L. Philbern, 89, died Nov. 5, 2017, at home in Great Bend. He was born April 13, 1928 at Littleton, Colo., the son of Lou Frank and Pauline (Smith) Philbern. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, James worked in the oilfield for many years, being most recently employed by Murray Casing Crews, Inc. James was an avid fisherman and enjoyed playing cards.

November 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Janet L. Deets 1955 - 2017

DODGE CITY - Janet L. Deets, 62, passed away Nov. 3, 2017, at her residence in Dodge City. She was born Jan. 25, 1955, in Larned, the daughter of Merwyn C. and Nadine Nauert Deets. A lifetime area resident she graduated from Larned High School and attended Fort Hays State University. She was in retail sales for JCPenney at Larned and Dodge City. The last 20 years were spent in the Jewelry Department.

November 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Floy Leota “Lee” Webs 1931 - 2017

LACROSSE - Floy Leota "Lee" Webs, 86, died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Select Specialty Hospital in Wichita. Mrs. Webs was born May 8, 1931, in Van Zandt Co., Texas, the daughter of Alpha Omega and Della Victory (Morse) Cantrell. On Sept. 17, 1950, she married Lawrence Webs at Hays, Kansas. He preceded her in death in 1985.

November 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Gerald Frank Hamilton 1934 - 2017

HOISINGTON - Gerald Frank Hamilton, 83, died Nov. 3, 2017, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. He was born July 24, 1934, in Moundridge, the son of Theodore Frank and Katherine (Head) Hamilton. Gerald graduated from Hoisington High School in 1953. He served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959. On July 18, 1975, he married Lucille Yager in Las Vegas, Nev. She preceded him in death on March 31, 1988. A longtime Hoisington resident, Gerald was a truck driver for Graves Truckline of Great Bend.

November 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Clarence ‘Butch’ Roland Johnson 1935-2017

PAWNEE ROCK - Clarence "Butch" Roland Johnson, Clarence "Butch" Roland Johnson, 82, of Pawnee Rock, passed away Oct. 31, 2017 in Via Christi Hospital, Wichita.

November 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Frances W. “Dovie” Cotton 1922 - 2017

Frances W. "Dovie" Cotton, 95, of Ellinwood, passed away on Thursday evening, Nov. 2, 2017, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center in Great Bend. Dovie was born on Jan. 2, 1922, in Ionia County, Michigan, to Harry and Cora (VanLeuvan) Riker, and grew up in the Portland, Michigan area. She was united in marriage to Ralph K. Cotton on Aug. 6, 1939, at Portland, Michigan, and the couple owned and operated bakeries for all of their working life. They moved to Deadwood, South Dakota, in 1961, and lived there for 11 years until moving to Ellinwood in February of ...

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Jerry J. Stoecklein 1932 - 2017

Jerry J. Stoecklein, 85, died Nov. 1, 2017, at his home in Great Bend. He was born in Ellinwood Sept. 19, 1932, the son of Alexander C. and Anna Margaret (Wolf) Stoecklein. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1952. Mr. Stoecklein was a United States Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict from 1953 through 1955. He married Merlyn L. Fischer Aug. 20, 1960, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Great Bend. She died July 7, 2015. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, Mr. Stoecklein retired from Central Kansas Utilities.

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Gerald Frank Hamilton

HOISINGTON - Gerald Frank Hamilton, 83, died Nov. 3, 2017, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Services are pending and will be announced at a later date by Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Michael Orion Blackman 1980 - 2017

It is with great sadness that Michael Orion Blackman was called home, from Great Bend Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at the age of 36. Michael was born on Dec. 19, 1980, at St. Joseph Hospital, Wichita, to Priscilla (Woodward) and Wayne M. Blackman.

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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Michael H. “Mike” Welsh 1937 - 2017

LaCrosse - Michael H. "Mike" Welsh, 80, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society, Hays. Mr. Welsh was born May 16, 1937, in Flint ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Nita Gaye Peterson 1935 - 2017

LARNED - Nita Gaye Peterson, 82, passed away Dec. 7, 2017, at Country Living of Larned. Nita was born April 10, 1935, in Great Bend, the ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Richard D. Luse 1931-2017

Richard Daniel Luse, 86, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday evening, Dec. 5, 2017, at Salina Regional Hospital. Richard was born on June ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


George Wellington Foster Jr. 1938 - 2017

HOWE, Okla. - George Wellington Foster Jr., 79, passed away Dec. 5, 2017, in Heavener, Okla. He was born Jan. 18, 1938 in Guthrie, Okla. to ...

December 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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


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