ALBERT - Betty A. Rossman, 79, longtime Albert resident, passed away on Dec. 6, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born on Jan. 6, 1936, at La Crosse, she was the daughter of Henry and Mathilda (Heronema) Basgall. On June 22, 1953, she was united in marriage to James J. "Jim" Rossman at La Crosse. Betty was a homemaker most of her life, and for 13 years worked outside her home as custodian at Farmers Bank and Trust in Albert. Betty loved to cook for others as well as loved taking care of others.
CLAFLIN - Bert L. Besthorn, 60, passed away Dec. 6, 2015, in Hays. Born Nov. 29, 1955, in Great Bend, he was the son of Herbert L. and Joyce A. (Rathbun) Besthorn. He was a lifetime resident of the Claflin area. He earned his master's degree in Diesel Mechanics from Pittsburg State University, then went on to teach diesel mechanics at Barton County Community College, was a contract trainer for Case-New Holland teaching power mechanics, and after retirement, served as a substitute teacher at Central Plains High School in Claflin. He was co-owner of Besthorn Oil and Gas Service Inc.
Robert L. "Bob" Brittain, 84, passed away Dec. 5, 2015, surrounded by family. He was born Jan. 30, 1931 in Shamrock, Okla., the son of Robert and Anna (Ricks) Brittain. Bob enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country from Oct. 1951 to Sept. 1953. He was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska, at Ladd Field. He married Velda L. McMahan Jan. 1, 1954 in Cushing, Okla.
OTIS - Ory J. Petersilie, 78, died Dec. 5, 2015, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born April 19, 1937, in rural Ness County, he was the son of Charles W. and Pearlie Ann (Reynolds) Petersilie. On Jan. 16, 1971, he married Sheila M. Kultgen at Great Bend. She preceded him in death on June 20, 2010. A resident of Rush County for 41 years, moving from Barton County, he worked in the maintenance department at Superior Essex in Hoisington before his retirement.
Ellinwood - Viva May Huntington Calkins Lacey, 96, passed away at Meadow Lark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan on Dec. 4, 2015. She was born January 25, 1919 at Moreland, the daughter of Vernon and Viva Dodd Huntington.
GREAT BEND -Geneva Aurora Samora, 91, of Great Bend, formerly of Cherryvale, died Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. She was born to Matiana and John Castorena, on May 15, 1924, in Buffalo. Geneva was the sixth of seven children, born to Matiana and John.
HOISINGTON - Harlan Dean Maier, 76, died Nov. 29, 2015, at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita. He was born Oct. 16, 1939, in Hays, the son of Henry and Tabea Esther (Deitz) Maier. Harlan went to a one room grade school in District 69, and later graduated from Otis Rural High School in 1957.