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Sister Teresa Orozco 1941-2017

GREAT BEND - Sister Teresa Orozco, 76, died Dec. 12, 2017, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary, Great Bend.

December 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Alvin Adam Gerstner 1926-2017

PECULIAR, Mo. - Alvin "Al" Adam Gerstner, 91, Peculiar, Mo., died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo.

December 12, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Beverly J. Steffen 1932-2017

BURDETT - Beverly J. Steffen, 85, passed away Dec. 12, 2017 at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital.

December 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Obituaries


James R. “Jim” Pivonka 1929 - 2017

TIMKEN - James R. "Jim" Pivonka, 88, died Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Rush County Memorial Hospital in LaCrosse. Mr. Pivonka was born Oct. 31, 1929, in Timken, the son of Ralph M. and Antonia (Holopirek) Pivonka. He was a lifelong resident of Rush County. A 1947 graduate of Bison High School he was a co-owner operator of Pivonka Implement in Timken, which later moved to LaCrosse. On July 15, 1953, he married Betty Jean Sandstrom, in Timken. She preceded him July 15, 1963. He then married Laura J. (Oliverius) Warnken on Oct. 7, 1967 at St. Rose Catholic Church in ...

December 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Robert H. Frink Jr. 1922 - 2017

ST. JOHN - Robert H. Frink Jr., 95, passed away Dec. 9, 2017, at South Hutchinson. He was born on Oct. 11, 1922, at Hopewell, the son of Robert Howard Frink Sr. and Nettie Iva (Rogers) Frink. On Nov. 26, 1944, he married Maurine E. (Dorland) at Greensburg. She preceded him in death. A resident of St. John since 1954 he was a retired Shift Foreman for Northern Natural Gas after 35 years.

December 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Dorothy Belle Behrens 1928 - 2017

Dorothy Belle Behrens, 89, passed away Dec. 9, 2017, at home in Great Bend. She was born Jan. 29, 1928, at Council Grove to Oliver and Sabina (Snodgrass) Ratliff. Dorothy married Orla Frederick "Fred" Behrens on Sept. 17, 1950, at Council Grove. A Great Bend resident since 1950, Dorothy worked for First National Bank and was a cook for Shady Grove School. Dorothy was known for her volunteer ministry at the church, such as tea towel embroidery for new brides, sewing sleeping bags for the homeless, and making noodles for fundraising efforts.

December 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Beverly Patricia Retzlaff 1951 - 2017

HOISINGTON - Beverly Patricia Retzlaff, 66, passed away Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Via Christi St Francis Hospital in Wichita. She was born May 10, 1951, in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of Leonard and Betty (Kilpatrick) Peck. She was a CNA working at several care homes. She has been a resident of Hoisington since 1987 coming from Peoria, Ill. Beverly was united in marriage to James M. Retzlaff on July 1, 2002, in Great Bend. He preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 2012. She loved to be with her family and adored her pets.

December 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Pauline Helen “Ammie” Halfhill 1932 - 2017

Pauline Helen "Ammie" Halfhill, 85, died Dec. 10, 2017 at Hospice House in Hutchinson. Born Sept. 11, 1932 in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Emil F. and Sophie J. (Soeken) Kruckenberg. She married Marion R. "Hap"Halfhill on March 24, 29154. He died on Nov. 5, 1996. She was employed at Stoneridge Country Club in ground maintenance and Great Bend Police Department as a crossing guard until retiring this year. She was an avid Bingo player. She never met a stranger, was a friend to everyone, young and old and was strong willed and determined to the end.

December 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Dorothy B. Behrens

Dorothy B. Behrens, 89, died Dec. 9, 2017, at home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas.

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Wanda Lee Hurde 1941-2017

LARNED - Wanda Lee Hurde, age 76, passed away at Diversicare of Larned, on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Ruth Ann Richey

NEW CASTLE, Va. - Ruth Ann Richey, 86, of New Castle, Virginia, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. She was a daughter of the late Cord H. and Grace Voge. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Richey and daughter, Sandy Richey.

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Michael H. “Mike” Welsh 1937 - 2017

LaCrosse - Michael H. "Mike" Welsh, 80, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society, Hays. Mr. Welsh was born May 16, 1937, in Flint, Mich. He was a resident of Rush County for 15 plus years, moving from Claflin. He was a grain elevator employee for many years before his retirement. On Aug. 26, 1963, he married Venita M. Beers in Newkirk, Oklahoma.

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Nita Gaye Peterson 1935 - 2017

LARNED - Nita Gaye Peterson, 82, passed away Dec. 7, 2017, at Country Living of Larned. Nita was born April 10, 1935, in Great Bend, the daughter of Edwin and Juanita Smith Geil. She graduated from Pawnee Rock High School in 1953. Following high school she attended a small business college in Salina and worked in an office at Schilling Air Force Base. Starting in April 1964 Nita was the office manager at the family business, Peterson Electric. She married Donald D. Peterson on Dec. 12, 1954, in Albert. He passed away Jan. 29, 2016. For fun Nita was in a ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Richard D. Luse 1931-2017

Richard Daniel Luse, 86, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday evening, Dec. 5, 2017, at Salina Regional Hospital. Richard was born on June 18, 1931, in Chicago, Ill., to his loving parents, Theresa (Armstrong) and Bert Amberson Luse, Sr. Having sadly lost his mother at a very young age, Richard and his two siblings were loved and raised by his step-mother, Minnie Katzmeier Luse. After living briefly in Chicago, the family moved to Great Bend, where Richard attended a small country school, while living on a farm just south of Great Bend. During Richard's high school years ...

December 09, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


George Wellington Foster Jr. 1938 - 2017

HOWE, Okla. - George Wellington Foster Jr., 79, passed away Dec. 5, 2017, in Heavener, Okla. He was born Jan. 18, 1938 in Guthrie, Okla. to George Sr. and Alice (Miller) Foster. He was a retired Superintendent for AL Abercrombie, Inc for 35 years in Grand Bend. He was also part owner of Sons Service, Inc.

December 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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David D. Delgado 1965 - 2018

WICHITA - David D. Delgado, 52, passed away on Feb. 14, 2018 at Wesley Medical Center. He was born Sept. 22, 1965 in Great Bend, KS ...

February 16, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Sharon Kay Base 1948 - 2018

Cimarron – Sharon Kay Base, 70, passed away Feb. 13, 2018 at The Shepherd's Center, Cimarron. She was born Jan. 1, 1948 in Larned, the ...

February 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Wilma Lucile Wagner – 1921-2018

HOISINGTON – Wilma Lucile Wagner, 96, died February 12, 2018, at Great Bend Health and Rehab, Great Bend. She was born February 28, 1921, in Hoisington ...

February 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Walter H. Rehme 1928 - 2018

ELLINWOOD - Walter H. Rehme, 89, passed away at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood, KS on Feb. 11, 2018. Born on April 5, 1928 on the ...

February 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


James Lee Hanks, Jr. 1948-2018

GREAT BEND - James Lee Hanks, Jr., 69, passed away February 12, 2018, at Almost Home, Great Bend, Kan. He was born July 17, 1948, at ...

February 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Wanda 'Ramona' Keenan 1931 - 2018

GREAT BEND - Wanda "Ramona" Keenan passed away Feb. 10, 2018 at Cherry Village surrounded by her family. Ramona was born Aug. 31, 1931 to Nicholas ...

February 13, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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