Justin A. Debes, 68, died Jan. 14, 2017, at his Great Bend residence. He was born May 23, 1948, at Hoisington, the son of Lawrence Ernest and Mary Margaret (Lewis) Debes. He married Linda Voth Nov. 25, 2011, at Great Bend. A lifetime area resident, Mr. Debes was co-owner and operator of Gibbs Electric. He was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict.
TIMKEN - Blanche A. Tomecek, 87, Timken, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Locust Grove Village, La Crosse. She was born June 29, 1929, in rural Rush Center, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Oborny) Jecha. She was a lifelong resident of Rush County. A 1947 graduate of La Crosse High School, she was a homemaker and farm wife. After her children were raised, she was employed as a cook at the Rush County Nursing Home, La Crosse, and Great Bend Manor, Great Bend.
ELLINWOOD - Eva Mae Ramsay Gray (Sissy) died unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Via Christi St. Francis hospital in Wichita. She was born May 3, 1949 in Tulsa, Okla. She was the beloved partner of Mickiel Goracke, of Ellinwood, for the past 22 years.
Patrick J. Moos, 65, died Jan. 12, 2017, at his home in Great Bend. Born Feb. 2, 1951, at Great Bend, he was the son of Robert V. and Helen (Denney) Moos. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he worked for B. J. Titan as a treater.
Marvin Benjamin Clawson III, 46, died Jan. 11, 2017, Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born July 19, 1970, at Great Bend, he was the son of Marvin Benjamin, Jr. and Juanita (Leon) Clawson. A lifetime Great Bend resident, he was a retreader for Becker Tire & Treading Retread Plant.
Judith K. Vaughn, 70, passed away at Great Bend Regional Hospital on Jan. 11, 2017. Born on Oct. 17, 1946, in Ellsworth, she was the daughter of Carles and Esther M. (Johnson) Oakley. On June 7, 1964, she married Thomas Vaughn in Great Bend. He preceded her in death on March 5, 2014. A lifetime Great Bend resident, she was a personal assistant in the health care industry.
Vicki Lynn Weber, 59, died Jan. 11, 2017, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. She was born Sept. 25, 1957, at Borger, Texas, the daughter of John and Bonnie "Maxine" (Underwood) Nicholson. She married Eugene Paul "Gene" Weber Nov. 18, 1978, at Great Bend. He died Sept. 2, 2010. A Great Bend resident since 1967, coming from Stinnett, Texas, Mrs. Weber was a secretary for Evansco, Inc., and worked in customer service for Dillon's.
Charles E. "Pete" Peterson, 89, died Jan. 7, 2017, at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. He was born March 24, 1927, at Wichita, the son of Claude M. and Malnor Elizabeth (Coe) Peterson. He married Roberta Jean Wallis Dec. 4, 1949, at Tulsa, Okla. She died Oct. 19, 2005. A Great Bend resident since 1958, Mr. Peterson was an oilfield worker and later worked for Straub International, Great Bend Auto Supply and Parts, Inc. He was a United States Army Air Corps veteran, serving during World War II.
PAWNEE ROCK - Florence Evelyn Johnson, 91, passed away Jan. 10, 2017, at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned. Born March 2, 1925, in Fowler, she was the daughter of Robert Lee and Evelyn Rose Chipman Stillwell. On Aug. 17, 1942, she married Carl August Johnson in Kingman. Moving from Cunningham in 1957 she was a lifetime area resident of Pawnee Rock. She was a GBM Welder. She loved baking, reading, doing crossword puzzles, sewing, plants, gardening, loved her dogs, and most of all loved her children, grandkids and great-grandkids.
OTIS - Betty Lou Mootz, 90, died Jan. 10, 2017, at Locust Grove Village in LaCrosse. Born Feb. 9, 1926, in rural Barton County, she was the daughter of Herman L. and Pauline (Reinhardt) Brack. She was a graduate of Otis Rural High School and Salt City Business College in Hutchinson. On May 8, 1949, she married Robert L. Mootz at the Otis United Methodist Church. He died July 13, 1992. A lifetime area resident, she and her husband operated B&B Sundries in Otis for many years. She also worked at the Otis State Bank and then Otis-Bison High School ...
LARNED - Debra Jean (Dreiling) Robinson, 53, passed away Jan. 10, 2017, at Hays Medical Center. Born July 29, 1963, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Ralph and Anna Marie (Peg) Turner Dreiling. A longtime area resident she was an Assistant Manager at Pizza Hut of Larned.
WICHITA - Patricia Laura Moore, 89, passed away on Jan. 6, 2017. Born Dec. 10, 1927, at Claflin, she was the daughter of Tony and Mary Straub. She was the last surviving sibling from her family of nine children, Ray Straub, Delores Schochtermeyer, Milton Straub, Bernadine Bridges, Katherine Straub, Vernon Straub, Walter Straub, and Dorothy Hamilton. She worked as a cook and housekeeper at Great Bend Medical Center for 46 years. She was well known for her positive attitude and strong work ethic. She was married to Roy Moore for 48 years. Besides working full time, she was also Roy's ...
ST. JOHN - Emerson Henry Shields, 92, passed away Jan. 6, 2017, at the Stafford County Hospital. Born Sept. 18, 1924, at McPherson, he was the son of Martin I. and Augusta (Barre) Shields. At the time of Emerson's passing, he was the oldest practicing attorney in Kansas and owner of Shields Law Office in St. John. He attended a year at Emporia State Teachers College where he played football. He received his bachelor's degree in speech and his juris doctorate's degree at the University of Kansas where he was on the track team. On Apr. 19, 1952 ...