CHICO, Texas - June Bowyer-Sowell, 81, died on Oct. 15, 2016, in Decatur, Texas. Born Oct. 16, 1934, in Great Bend she was the daughter of Daniel and Helen (Otte) Eckert. She was a retired sales clerk for Chico Dry Goods and Wise Furniture Sales. On Jan. 25, 1953, she married Eugene Bowyer. They were married 55 years until his passing in 2008. On Feb. 14, 2012, she married Sidney Sowell in Chico, Texas.
David F. Folkerts, CPA, 78, died Oct. 12, 2016, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Aug. 18, 1938, at Larned, he was the son of Harm Herman and Mabel Pearl (Simmons) Folkerts. He was a 1956 graduate of Great Bend High School and received a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Kansas. On Aug. 29, 1959, he married Cecile Krause Samson at Seward. A lifetime Great Bend area resident, he was a long-time partner with Fred C. Maneth at Maneth and Folkerts Accounting Firm. Mr. Folkerts was an avid golfer and hunter, and loved University of Kansas sports ...
Rita Jo (Link) Bownes, 57, died Oct. 12, 2016, at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born April 13, 1959, at Great Bend, she was the daughter of Kenneth J. and Shirley J. (Wallace) Link. On Aug. 11, 1978, she married Lynn Bownes, at Ellinwood. A lifetime Great Bend resident, she owned Beer 30 Drinking Hole. She enjoyed NASCAR, especially Carl Edwards, dachshunds, 4-H, her many friends and time with her grandchildren.
George Robert Kasselman, 84, arrived safely in the arms of Jesus on Oct. 10, 2016, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born on Feb. 20, 1932, in rural Ellinwood he was the son of John and Bertha (Churchhill) Kasselman. In 1950, he graduated from Ellinwood High School and later served 4 years in the US Navy where he was aboard the U.S.S Onslow during the Korean War. On May 20, 1956, he married Marilyn Davis at the First Baptist Church in Ellinwood. George was a Great Bend resident for 34 years and previously an Ellinwood resident for 50 ...
MCCRACKEN - Francis H. "Shorty" Wierman, 93, passed away Oct. 8, 2016, at Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care in Lacrosse. Born Nov. 8, 1922, in Ness County, he was the son of William J. and Margaret McGaughey Wierman.
ELDORADO - Dorala "Janie" DeVore passed away at her home on Sunday Oct. 9, 2016. Janie's life began on Oct. 28, 1940, in Waterville, the daughter of Ralph B. and Veda E. (Bonnett) Karst. She attended school in El Dorado and worked 22 years for Boeing in Wichita and eight years for Cessna prior to Boeing.
Ruth Tittel, 94, passed away peacefully at her home to meet her Lord and family on Aug. 6th, 2016. Ruth had battled dementia and Alzheimer's for the past several years. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Ray; her son Ron; and her two sisters, Lucille and Bernice. She is survived by her daughter Rita Hutchinson; two nephews Larry Hendrickson and Michael Whelan; and niece Yvette Stark.
GRAINFIELD - Marianne Ladenburger was born Feb. 11, 1930, to E.A. Baalman and Leoba Robben Baalman on the family farm near Menlo. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy, Wichita, in 1948. She married Willus P. Ladenburger in Seguin, Dec. 28, 1949. She died Oct. 8, 2016, in her home.
ABILENE - June (Cary) Boxum, 94, died Oct. 9, 2016, at Village Manor in Abilene. Born June 19, 1922, in Downs she was the daughter of Warren and Celeste Cary. She attended school in Downs, graduating in 1940. Later, she graduated from Brown Mackie School of Business. On June 17, 1945, she married Lloyd Boxum. He died on Oct. 22, 2009. After retiring as a secretary from Great Bend School District #428, she was employed at the Hatchet Motel in Moran, Wyo. She also spent many years making and teaching ceramics in her ceramic shop.