Jessica "Billy" Cruz Wagner, 25, died Dec. 28, 2015 at University Of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, Colo, after a 12 day battle of heart surgery complications. She was born Jan. 4, 1990 at Colby, the daughter of David Arthur Pantoya and Kristy Ann (Havel) Wagner.
ELLINWOOD - Edna Kathryn (LeManske) Starnes, 86, passed away March 10, 2016 at Wesley Woodlawn Hospital in Wichita. Born in Kansas City, on Feb. 24,1930 she was the daughter of True Jack and Hattie (Taylor) LeManske. Edna married Eugene (Gene) Starnes on Feb. 18, 1952, in Kansas City.
HOISINGTON - Robert E. Ray, 88, died Dec. 20, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born June 17, 1927, in Wichita, he was the son of Ralph E. and Thelma (Frakes) Ray. In 1948, he married Wanda L. Williams. They later divorced. He then married Judy K. Nickels on Dec. 31, 1969, in Sterling. When Robert was 17, he enlisted in the Navy and served in World War II, as a Fireman First Class. After returning from the war he worked many places, but most recently as a truck driver for both the Oil Fields and the Sterling CO-OP ...
LARNED - Marie E. Roberson, 79, passed away March 10, 2016, at Hays Medical Center. Born April 30, 1936, in California, Mo., she was the daughter of Clarence and Delora Miller Smith. On Oct. 19, 1952, she married Norman Roberson in Great Bend. He survives. A longtime area resident, she was a homemaker.
Elmer C. Becker, 81, died March 9, 2016, at Hays Medical Center. Born Oct. 27, 1934, in Nashville, he was the son of William and Rosa Cecilia (Hagerman) Becker. On April 6, 1966, he married Marvella Krueger in Las Vegas, Nev. A Great Bend resident most of his life, he was co-owner and operator of Al's Drive In in Great Bend.
CHASE - Helen M. Keesling, 88, died March 8, 2016, at Rice County District Hospital in Lyons. Born Aug. 3, 1927, in Russell, she was the daughter of David F. and Bertha Kastrup Miller. She graduated from Englewood High School in Englewood, Calif. On Feb. 15, 1948, she married Harold R. Keesling in Lyons. He died on May 18, 2000. A resident of Chase since the 1940's, she was a homemaker and former Fuller Brush employee for over 20 years.
Kenneth Walter Matson, 89, of Great Bend, and formerly of Seward, passed away on March 6, 2016, at Great Bend Health & Rehabilitation Center in Great Bend. Born on September 8, 1926, he was the son of Walter E. and Martha (Satela) Matson. He grew up in Fitchburg, Mass. In 1945, he married Laura Kent in Fitchburg, Mass. She died in 1951. In 1956, he married LuWana Adams Barney. They lived in Fortuna, Calif. She died in 1990. On April 12, 1993, he married Delfina Remedio in Cebu, Phillippines. They lived in Dexter, Maine. In 2003 after traveling the world and ...
Lenora Ellen Miller, 94, died March 8, 2016, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Nov. 14, 1921, in Albert, she was the daughter of George William and Olga Ida (Witte) Schultz. On Sept. 26, 1945, she married Edward Conrad Miller at Peace Lutheran Church in Albert. He died on Feb. 15, 2004. A Great Bend resident since 1992, coming from Albert, she was a farm wife.
HOISINGTON - Cameron Wayne Burd, 25, passed away March 7, 2016, in Great Bend. Born April 10, 1990, in Great Bend, he was the son of Scott and Beverly Gilgenbach Burd. A longtime area resident, he was a lumber and sales associate at Sutherlands in Great Bend.