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Ramoma Mae Durbin 1930-2015

GREAT BEND - Ramona Mae Durbin, 84, died Feb. 26, 2015 at her home in Great Bend.

February 26, 2015 | | Obituaries


Kaye Sanders

ROUND ROCK, Texas - Kaye Sanders, 65, passed away Feb. 24, 2015 at Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock. She recently began dialysis and died from an unknown illness.

February 26, 2015 | Nick Grubbe | Obituaries


​Kyle Ann Lichter 1963 - 2015

TOPEKA - Kyle Ann Lichter, 51, Topeka, passed away Feb. 24, 2015.

February 24, 2015 | | Obituaries


Eugene Bitter 1931-2015

HOISINGTON - Eugene H. Bitter, 83, died Feb. 22, 2015, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born March 30, 1931, on the family farm near Susank, he was the son of Julius and Emilie (Schmidt) Bitter. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, Eugene was a farmer, stockman and fisherman.

February 24, 2015 | | Obituaries


Delpha Irene Freeman Douglas 1905 - 2015

OREM, Utah - Delpha Irene Freeman Douglas died Feb. 20th. Born July 11, 1905, at Bogard, Carrollton County, Mo., she was the daughter of John Franklin Freeman and Alice Virginia Smith Freeman. On Aug. 2, 1924, she married Charlie Nelson Douglas in Anthony. He died on Sept. 17, 1981.

February 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Eugene Bitter 1930-2015

HOISINGTON - Eugene H. Bitter, 84, died Feb. 22, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Born March 30, 1930, on the family farm near Susank, he was the son of Julius and Emilie (Schmidt) Bitter. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, Eugene was a farmer, stockman and fisherman.

February 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


LoRay D. George 1931 - 2015

ALBERT - LoRay D. George, 83, died Feb. 21, at Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care in La Crosse. Born Sept. 1, 1931, in rural Albert he was the son of Herman "H. D." and Hilda "A. C." (Tammen) George. On Aug. 21, 1959, he married Anna Mae Wheeler at Peace Lutheran Church in Albert. She preceded him in death Feb. 3, 2002. A lifelong resident of Rush County he was a farmer.

February 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Larry L. Fleske 1959 - 2015

LARNED - Larry L. Fleske, 55, passed away Feb. 20, at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born Oct. 9, 1959, in Great Bend, he was the son of Walter W. and Rena J. Eveleigh Fleske. On Jan. 14, 1989, he married Sharon L. Horne in Great Bend. She survives. A lifetime area resident of Larned he was farmer/stockman.

February 23, 2015 | | Obituaries


Gerald P. (Short) Penka 1952-2015

LARNED - Gerald P. (Short) Penka, 62, passed away Jan. 11, 2015, at his home in Norwood, Mass., following a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.

February 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Lloyd Earl Donham 1933-2015

GREAT BEND – Lloyd Earl Donham, 81, died Feb. 18, 2015 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.

February 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Calvin (Bud) Jennings 1942-2015

AMARILLO, TEXAS ‑ Calvin (Bud) Jennings, 72, died Feb. 7 at Amarillo, Texas. Born July 23 1942 at Larned, he was the son of Calvin and Eunice (Pool) Jennings.

February 21, 2015 | | Obituaries


Lloyd Earl Donham

Lloyd Earl Donham, 81, died Feb. 18 at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.

February 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


Mary Beth Herrmann 1955 - 2015

LARNED - Mary Beth Herrmann, 59, died on Feb. 18, at Diversicare of Larned. Born Feb. 23, 1955, in Kinsley, she was the daughter of Quentin J. and Lucy W. Tholen Herrmann. She graduated from Barton County Community College with an A.A. in Nursing and from Barclay College with a B.S. in Business Administration. A lifetime area resident, she was a Registered Nurse and Administrator at the Pawnee County Health Department.

February 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


Lloyd Earl Donham

Lloyd Earl Donham

February 19, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ella Marie Steitz 1934 - 2015

BISON - Ella Marie Steitz was born Jan. 9, 1934, in Bison in Rush County, the daughter of Jacob and Ella (Schaumburg) Scheuerman. She was adopted and raised by her parents, Constain and Florence (Scheuerman) Steitz. She graduated from Bison High School in 1952 and attended Fort Hays College. After living in Denver, Colo. for 31 years, she retired from Shell Chemical and returned to Bison in 1988.

February 18, 2015 | | Obituaries


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Hilda Chakir 1916 - 2015

Hilda Chakir, 98, died April 7 at River Bend Assisted Living in Great Bend. Born April 8, 1916, in rural Barton County, she was the daughter of Gustav "Gus" and Matilda (Liese) Kasselman. On Aug. 19, 1939, she married Theodore Richard "Dick" Griffith in Great Bend. He died on April 25, 1977. She then married Norman William Chakir on March 10, 1981, in Miami, Okla. He died on Dec. 30, 2012. A lifetime resident of Barton County she was a homemaker. She was a former 4-H Leader, and enjoyed her family, quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and going to dances.

April 08, 2015 | | Obituaries


Cora Sue Murphy 1961 - 2015

HUTCHINSON - Cora Sue Murphy, 53, passed away April 5, 2015, at Hospice House of Reno County, Hutchinson. She was born on July 2, 1961, in Great Bend, the daughter of George Morrison Sr., and Faye (Miller) Morrison.

April 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


Terry Barber 1941 - 2015

Terry D. Barber, 73, passed away April 4, 2015, at Kansas Heart Hospital with his family by his side.

April 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


Barbara K. Robel 1943 - 2015

MANHATTAN - Barbara K. Robel, 71, died April 4, 2015, at Wroten House of Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community in Manhattan. Barb was born July 13, 1943, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Charles and Ruth Swinney. In 1957, the family moved to Valley Center, where Barb attended Valley Center High School and graduated in 1961. The friendships she formed during these years would last a lifetime. Barb chose to attend Kansas State University, where she spent time as a resident hall assistant and switchboard operator. After her sophomore year, she joined the Delta Zeta sorority in 1963, as part of the sorority ...

April 07, 2015 | | Obituaries


Mary Jane Wells 1925 - 2015

Mary Jane Wells, 89, died April 4, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Dec. 16, 1925, in Fort Scott she was the daughter of James L. and Lillie Mae (Chambers) Parker and was later adopted by Ruth Chidester Noggle. She attended school in St. John and later in Russell, where she graduated from in 1943. On June 1, 1943, she married Wayne Ingalls Grippin. They later divorced. She then married Joseph B. Wells. He died on June 5, 1999. A resident of Great Bend since 1992, coming from Russell, she was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, crossword puzzles ...

April 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Merlin Thomas Stang 1948-2015

ELLSWORTH - Merlin Thomas (Thom) Stang, 66, passed away March 26 at his home in Ellsworth. Thom was born to Albert and Anita Stang on August 7, 1948 in Marysville. He was raised in Victoria and was part of their graduating class of 1966. Thom was drafted and served the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss, Texas. In 1972, he married Ruann Kuntzsch. He completed training and was certified in printing at Salina Area Technical College.

April 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Kathryn M. Busch

WICHITA - Kathryn M. Busch died Monday, April 6. She was the daughter of George and Zoe (True) Yarbrough.

April 06, 2015 | | Obituaries


Richard A. Poage 1940 - 2015

THAILAND - Richard A. Poage passed away in his sleep at his home in Thailand on Jan. 23, with his companion by his side. Born on Sept. 6, 1940, in Great Bend, he was the son of Marion and Irene Poage. Born and raised in Great Bend he worked in the oilfields, like his father, from the age of 17 until retiring from offshore drilling 10 years ago in Thailand. In 1960, he married Sheryl Wheat. They divorced in 1964. In 1968, he married Vicky Campbell while working in Scotland. The divorced in 1975.

April 04, 2015 | | Obituaries


Walter Ray Simonson 1926 - 2015

MARSHALL, MO. - Walter Ray Simonson, 88, died Feb. 24, 2015, in Marshall, Mo., after an illness of several months.

April 04, 2015 | | Obituaries


Kirk Dean Auston 1958 - 2015

Kirk Dean Auston, 56, passed away March 29, 2015.

April 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


Arlen Clark Davidson 1947 - 2015

LEAVENWORTH - Ret. US Army Sgt. 1st Class Arlen Clark Davidson, 67, passed away March 30, 2015, at his home. Born July 9, 1947, in Great Bend, he was the son of Clark and Anna Marguerite (Green) Davidson.

April 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


​Leona Winterlin 1931 - 2015

HAYS - Leona Winterlin, 83, formerly of Hays, died Thursday, April 2, 2015, at the Sterling House in Great Bend. She was born in 1931 in Shickley, Nebraska, the daughter of Dan and Elsie (Birkey) Roth. She married DeWayne Winterlin on Aug. 21, 1954, in Iowa City, Iowa. He died June 20, 2000. She attended Wheaton College and Moody Bible Institute. She was an LPN and worked as a nurse at the University of Iowa Hospital and later at nursing homes in Kansas.

April 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


William L. ‘Bill’ Titsworth 1949 - 2015

GREAT BEND - William L. "Bill" Titsworth, 65, died March 30, at Hays Medical Center.

April 02, 2015 | | Obituaries


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