LARNED - Marie E. Roberson, 79, passed away March 10, 2016, at Hays Medical Center. Born April 30, 1936, in California, Mo., she was the daughter of Clarence and Delora Miller Smith. On Oct. 19, 1952, she married Norman Roberson in Great Bend. He survives. A longtime area resident, she was a homemaker.
Elmer C. Becker, 81, died March 9, 2016, at Hays Medical Center. Born Oct. 27, 1934, in Nashville, he was the son of William and Rosa Cecilia (Hagerman) Becker. On April 6, 1966, he married Marvella Krueger in Las Vegas, Nev. A Great Bend resident most of his life, he was co-owner and operator of Al's Drive In in Great Bend.
CHASE - Helen M. Keesling, 88, died March 8, 2016, at Rice County District Hospital in Lyons. Born Aug. 3, 1927, in Russell, she was the daughter of David F. and Bertha Kastrup Miller. She graduated from Englewood High School in Englewood, Calif. On Feb. 15, 1948, she married Harold R. Keesling in Lyons. He died on May 18, 2000. A resident of Chase since the 1940's, she was a homemaker and former Fuller Brush employee for over 20 years.
Kenneth Walter Matson, 89, of Great Bend, and formerly of Seward, passed away on March 6, 2016, at Great Bend Health & Rehabilitation Center in Great Bend. Born on September 8, 1926, he was the son of Walter E. and Martha (Satela) Matson. He grew up in Fitchburg, Mass. In 1945, he married Laura Kent in Fitchburg, Mass. She died in 1951. In 1956, he married LuWana Adams Barney. They lived in Fortuna, Calif. She died in 1990. On April 12, 1993, he married Delfina Remedio in Cebu, Phillippines. They lived in Dexter, Maine. In 2003 after traveling the world and ...
Lenora Ellen Miller, 94, died March 8, 2016, at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born Nov. 14, 1921, in Albert, she was the daughter of George William and Olga Ida (Witte) Schultz. On Sept. 26, 1945, she married Edward Conrad Miller at Peace Lutheran Church in Albert. He died on Feb. 15, 2004. A Great Bend resident since 1992, coming from Albert, she was a farm wife.
HOISINGTON - Cameron Wayne Burd, 25, passed away March 7, 2016, in Great Bend. Born April 10, 1990, in Great Bend, he was the son of Scott and Beverly Gilgenbach Burd. A longtime area resident, he was a lumber and sales associate at Sutherlands in Great Bend.
RUSSELL - Marvin L. Ratts, 91, died March 5, 2016, at Main Street Manor of Russell. He was born May 31, 1924, in Atlanta, Kansas, the son of Lawrence and Mary (Williams) Ratts. He attended a rural school before moving to Yates Center, where he graduated from high school in 1942.
HOISINGTON - LaVerne Elaine Carman, 92, died March 7, 2016, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Sept. 27, 1923 at Lamar, Colo., the daughter of William and Hattie (Plotner) Ross. She married Kenneth Sylvester Carman Aug. 17, 1949, at Hoisington. He died June 13, 1987. She married Art Hickel March 28, 1990, at Hays. He died Oct. 7, 2004. A Hoisington resident since 1943, coming from Colorado, she was a teacher for Cheyenne School District No. 51 and Hoisington USD 431, retiring in 1985.
HOISINGTON - Thelma D. Brack, 86, died March 5, 2016, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 24, 1929, in Hoisington, she was the daughter of William Glen and Nellie B. (Westover) Gruber. In 1948, she graduated from Hoisington High School. In August of 1949, she married John E. Koeller, in Hoisington. He died Feb. 7, 1957. She then married Glenn J. Brack on Aug. 19, 1957, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He died Feb. 1, 2016. A lifetime Hoisington resident, she worked as the chief telephone operator for Western Power and Light and later as a clerk for Dillons ...
John H. McMullen, 86, passed away on March 3, 2016, at his home in Great Bend. Born on May 25, 1929, at Great Bend, he was the son of James Alexander and Viola (Bittner) McMullen. A lifelong resident of Great Bend, he was employed for Western Power and Light Company in Great Bend as Power Plant Operator for 45 years prior to his retirement. He also officiated softball for the Great Bend City Recreation leagues for about eight years. He loved all kinds of shooting sports (shotgun, rifle, pistol, and archery).
Jake E. Radke, 66, died March 3, 2016, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Born Sept. 26, 1949, in Great Bend, he was the son of Rollie and Dorothy (Sellens) Radke. On Dec. 28, 1973, he married Shari Lynn Ochs in Hoisington. She died on July 13, 2003. A long time resident of Great Bend, living in Cushing, Okla. from 1988 to 2000, he was a self-employed truck driver.
March 03, 2016|
Special to the Tribune
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - Sarah Groh, formerly Roberson, 77, died Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, Russellville, Arkansas. She was born Feb. 11, 1939, in Larned, to Lester Merle and Treva Maxine Shady Clark. She loved gardening and nature, especially flowers. Later in life she became a Girl Scout leader.
LARNED - Anna Mae Dreese, 86, passed away Wednesday March 2, 2016, at Diversicare of Larned. Born May 18, 1929, at Lewis, she was the daughter of Glenn A. and Ada M. Johnson Walker. On Oct. 8, 1950, she married Kenneth Delbert Dreese. He passed away Feb. 4, 2007. She was an LPN at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Larned and CKMC St. Rose Campus in Great Bend, working in the OB departments. She also worked as a private nurse for many families.