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​John L. “Jack” Godin 1939 - 2015

PAWNEE ROCK - John L. "Jack" Godin, 76, died May 25, 2015, at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita. Born March 24, 1939, in Tupper Lake, N.Y., he was the son of Frank and Marion (Prespare) Godin. On Oct. 31, 1981, he married Mildred Gable in Great Bend. A resident of Pawnee Rock for six years, coming from Great Bend, he was a heavy equipment operator in the oilfield and later worked for maintenance at Great Bend Housing Authority.

May 26, 2015 | | Obituaries


Erwin “Erv” Leiker 1934 - 2015

Erwin "Erv" Leiker, 81, Great Bend, died May 24, 2015, at his home. He was born Feb. 6, 1934, in Hays the son of Leo and Angela (Klaus) Leiker. On Nov. 8, 1958, he married Janet Grace Burgardt in Pfeifer. She died May 6, 2000. He was a retired oilfield worker and was a Hays High School graduate.

May 26, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Ruth Marie Cannon 1936 - 2015

Ruth Marie Cannon, 79, died May 23, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. She was born May 16, 1936, at Dodge City, the daughter of Hillary and Ruth Borne. She married Manford G. "Bud" Cannon Oct. 29, 1949, at Boone, Arkansas. He died Dec. 7, 1982. A long-time Great Bend resident, she was an accounts payable clerk for Great Bend Manufacturing.

May 26, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Ruth Marie Cannon

Ruth Marie Cannon, 79, of Great Bend, died May 23, 2015, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road.

May 25, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Gerald W. “Jerry” Beran 1926 - 2015

ODIN - Gerald W. "Jerry" Beran, 88, died May 21, 2015, at Almost Home, Great Bend. He was born Sept. 9, 1926, on the farm in Odin, the son of Anton A. and Hattie Rose (Prosser) Beran. He graduated from Odin High School in 1944 and later enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After returning from the military, Jerry played professional baseball for the Hutchinson Elks.

May 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Delores Rae Keegan 1931 - 2015

Delores Rae Keegan, 83, died May 23, 2015, at Sterling House of Great Bend. She was born Aug. 23, 1931, at Little River, the daughter of Ray and Elsie (Eaton) Folck. Mrs. Keegan was a Great Bend resident and taught public school for 39 years, the last 30 years in Great Bend at Morrison and Jefferson Elementary Schools.

May 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Louis Wintholz 1932 - 2015

Louis Wintholz, 83, passed from this world to join his beloved wife Phyllis, in heaven on May 22, 2015, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Jan. 30, 1932, in Collyer, the son of Reinholdt "Ray" and Mary (Windholz) Wintholz. He attended school in Collyer and graduated from the Hays Cadets Academy in 1950. He married Phyllis Montgomery on May 8, 1954, at Hearndon. She passed away on Feb. 15, 2008.

May 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Sister Marie Klein 1913 - 2015

Sister Marie Klein, 102, died May 21, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' Convent Infirmary, Great Bend. Born April 25, 1913, in Fowler, as Mary Ann Agatha Klein, Sister Marie was the daughter of Anthony and Mary Helen (Hoffman) Klein. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community July 14, 1928, and pronounced her first vows August 17, 1931. She celebrated 80 years of religious profession in 2011.

May 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Marlin Tammen 1935 - 2015

GREENFIELD, Ind. - Marlin "Gene" Tammen, 79, passed away May 22, 2015, at Hancock Regional Hospital. Born on Dec.27, 1935, in Kansas City, Mo., he was the son of Herman Tammen and Gladys Tammen. In 1953, he graduated from Great Bend High School. He received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Wichita State University. In October of 1956, he married Cheryl Loy (Foos). He held various positions in the Federal Government from 1962-1987, including Midwest Director of the Office of Personnel Management. He enjoyed playing poker, playing bridge, spending time with his grandchildren, watching movies, and traveling with Cheryl ...

May 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Gerald W. “Jerry” Beran

ODIN - Gerald W. "Jerry" Beran, 88, died May 21, at Almost Home in Great Bend. Services are pending and will be announced at a later date. Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home of Hoisington is in charge of arrangements.

May 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Grace (Hathaway) Abel 1925 - 2015

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Grace Imogene (Hathaway) Abel, 90, died May 12, 2015, at St. Rose Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was born March 19, 1925, northwest of St. John, the daughter of John William and Reno (Kanzleiter) Hathaway.

May 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Walter (Mac) Fox 1946-2015

LARNED - Walter (Mac) Fox, 92, passed away May 20, 2015, at Diversicare of Larned. Born Sept. 12, 1922, in Larned, he was the son of Walter M. and Gladys Strader Fox. On Dec. 15, 1946, he married Dorothy D. Goldsmith in Wichita. She passed away on May 16, 2013. A lifetime area resident, he was a farmer, worked at Larned State Hospital as the plumbing shop foreman for 32 years and also worked at Boeing for one year before going in the service.

May 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Sister Marie Klein

Sister Marie Klein, 102, died May 21, 2015, at the Dominican Sisters Convent Infirmary in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.

May 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Marlene Worley 1933-2015

OWASSO, Okla. - Marlene Worley passed away May 18, 2015.

May 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ralph Paul Reinert 1925-2015

NESS CITY - Ralph Paul Reinert, 89, passed away at Ness County Hospital, May 20, 2015.

May 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


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​Mary Lee (Washington) Reed 1923 - 2015

Mary Lee Reed, 91, died on Friday afternoon, July 24, 2015, at her home. Born on Dec. 31, 1923, in McGhee, Ark., she was the ...

July 28, 2015 | | Obituaries


Robert Eugene Kuhn 1932-2015

HOISINGTON - Robert Eugene Kuhn, 82, passed away at 7:25 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Missouri Veterans Home, in Mt. Vernon ...

July 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Juanita C. Landrum 1935 - 2015

MCPHERSON - Juanita C. Landrum, 79, died on July 25, 2015, at the McPherson Hospital. She was born on Sept. 11, 1935.

July 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Eudale Brack 1926 - 2015

OTIS - Eudale Brack, 88, died July 25, 2015, at Locust Grove Nursing Home in LaCrosse. Born Sept. 1, 1926, in Alva, Okla. he was the ...

July 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


Grace (Wilkens) Johnson 1937 - 2015

HOLYROOD - Grace (Wilkens) Johnson, 77, passed away on July 25, 2015, at her home in Holyrood. Born Nov. 7, 1937, in Lorraine, she was the ...

July 27, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Steven J. Thomas 1957 - 2015

Steven J. Thomas, 58, passed away at his home in Great Bend on July 24, 2015. Steve was born on July 1, 1957, at Hutchinson ...

July 25, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Linda O. Zielke 1948 - 2015

LARNED – Linda O. Zielke, 66, passed away July 23, 2015, at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned. She was born Nov. 4, 1948, in Greene ...

July 25, 2015 | | Obituaries


Sheryl Dean Gray 1947-2015

GREAT BEND - Sheryl Dean Gray, 68, died July 21, 2015 at her home surrounded by loved ones in Great Bend.

July 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Irwin F. Alefs

GREAT BEND - Irwin F. Alefs, 90, died July 21, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.

July 22, 2015 | | Obituaries


Florentine L. Oberle 1919 - 2015

CHASE - Florentine L. Oberle, 96, died July 20, 2015, at Rice Co. Hospital in Lyons. She was born on April 22, 1919, in Ellinwood, to ...

July 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Dawn Diane (Halfhill) Prothro 1957 - 2015

Dawn Diane (Halfhill) Prothro 1957 - 2015

July 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Norman William Koester 1946 - 2015

TOPEKA - Norman William Koester, 68, of Topeka, died July 19, 2015, at St. Francis Hospital. He was born on Sept. 2, 1946, in Hoisington, the ...

July 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Christopher Alan Oeser 1967-2015

CLAFLIN - Christopher Alan Oeser, 48, loving husband, son, father, and papa, died July 19, 2015, at his home in Claflin. born May 23, 1967, in ...

July 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Jack Stevenson 1930 - 2015

HOLDREGE, Neb. - John "Jack" Stevenson, 84, died July 17, 2015, at the Bryan LGH West Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. surrounded by his loving family. John ...

July 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


James W. “Jim” Oliver 1924 - 2015

James W. "Jim" Oliver, 90, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away July 17, 2015, at Brookdale Senior Living in Great Bend. He was born ...

July 20, 2015 | | Obituaries


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