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January 30, 2009

Randy Louise Hutton 1946 - 2009

PLAINVILLE — Longtime Plainville resident Randy Louise Hutton, 62, passed away Jan. 26 at the Rooks County Health Center in Plainville.

Randy was born Aug. 8, 1946, in Great Bend, the daughter of Glen Howard and Margie Jean (Janzen) Miller. Randy was a 1964 graduate of Plainville High School. On Sept. 20, 1964, Randy Louise Miller married Max Arthur Hutton at the Christian Church in Plainville. Max passed away on Sept. 3, 1993. Randy was proud to have spent 37 years working at the Midwest Community Bank (formerly the Plainville State Bank) in Plainville. She also enjoyed reading, yard work, attending church and Bible study. Randy especially cherished the time she spent with her grandkids and family.

Randy will be dearly missed by her family, including daughter Lanette and husband Joe McCune, grandchildren Danelle, Kelcee and Izac, all of Plainville; son Justin Hutton and wife Jenny, grandchildren Paxton, Romyn and Kelby, all of Topeka; brother Ron Miller and wife Delma of Dodge City; sisters Ruth and husband Floyd Webb of Cleveland, Okla., Risa Jackson of Hutchinson, and Ronda and husband Randy Miller of Hoisington. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Max; and an infant son, Max Bradley, in 1971.

Services were held Wednesday at the Christian Church of Plainville with Pastor Larry Lyles officiating. Burial was at the Plainville City Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation, any families in need, or the American Liver Foundation and may be sent to or left at the funeral home. Tributes to the family may be made in the form of condolences on the Web at www.mosher-kemp.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Mosher-Kemp Family Funeral Home*
320 SW 2nd
Plainville, KS 67663
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 30, 2009

Edward N. Peterson 1929 - 2009

Edward N. Peterson, 80, died Jan. 28 at Promise Regional Medical Center in Hutchinson. Born Jan. 21, 1929, in Joplin, Mo., he was the son of Nels and Katherine Garrison Peterson. A resident of Great Bend since 1969, coming from Wichita, he was the owner/operator of Peterson Mechanical for 32 years. He married Donna Little in 1951; they were later divorced. He later began his life with Janis Stalcup Brack.

Mr. Peterson was a member of the Albert Pike Blue Lodge of Wichita, the Isis Temple of Salina, Scottish Rite, Royal Order of Jesters and the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 646 in Great Bend.

Survivors include his wife, Janis Brack Peterson, of the home; three sons, Edward H. Peterson and Kenneth D. Peterson, both of Wichita, and Mark E. Peterson and wife Lisa of Great Bend; three stepdaughters, Sandra L. Brack of McPherson, Sherri R. Brack of Muldrow, Okla., and Shannon E. King and husband Greg of Great Bend; five grandchildren, Audra Peterson, Justin Peterson, Taylor Libby, Morgan King and Ryan King; and a great-grandchild, Amaya Peterson. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Peterson.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bryant Funeral Home with the Rev. David Turner officiating. Burial will be at the Great Bend Cemetery North with Masonic Graveside Rites. Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Sunflower Shrine Club Travel Fund or Central Kansas Medical Center Foundation for the benefit of Heartland Cancer Center, all in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 30, 2009

January 29, 2009

Billie Gene Nicolet 1929 - 2008

EL CAJON, Calif. — Bill Nicolet, 79, passed away Nov. 20 at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, Calif., due to complications after surgery for kidney cancer. He was born Aug. 15, 1929, in Great Bend, the third son of Ed and Inez (Gaunt) Nicolet. He grew up on the family farm, graduated from Great Bend High School, and attended and played football at Wichita State University for one year. He married Joan Lickey of Wichita in 1950.

Bill learned the printing trade from his cousin, Dick Miller, and worked briefly for the Great Bend newspaper before moving on to Manhattan, Hiawatha and Wellington. Bill moved his family to El Cajon, Calif., in 1960, after one year in Las Cruces, N.M. He took his family vacations back on the farm to help his brother with the harvest. He worked for The Valley News and The San Diego Union Tribune. When technology eventually took his job, he worked as a groundskeeper for Grossmont Union High School District, equipment/machinery manager for Jack H. Files Const. Co., and owner of Nicolet & Sons Saw Sharpening until his retirement at age 65.

Bill coached each of his sons in Little League and was voted “Mr. Baseball” in 1974. He was El Cajon Pop Warner Football’s purchasing agent for 15 years. And Bill was a devoted fan of all his grandchildren’s sports teams and activities.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife Joan of 58 years; loving children, all of San Diego County, Fred of Santee, Eletta Files of Lakeside, David of Oceanside, Edward of San Diego, Barbara Forshan of Carlsbad, Linda Disbro of Allied Gardens and Richard of El Cajon; 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brothers Eldean of Sioux Falls, S. D., Neuell of Great Bend and Mickey of Menifee, Calif.; and cousins, nieces and nephews.

Bill was laid to rest Nov. 26 during a family burial service at El Camino Memorial Park, San Diego. A Memorial Service was held Dec. 7 at El Cajon Nazarene Church.

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan.29, 2009*

Gloria Ann Clothier 1937 - 2009

Gloria Ann Clothier, 72, of Great Bend, died Jan. 27 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Knoxville, Tenn. She was born Jan. 18, 1937, at Great Bend, the daughter of Samuel and Ulanda Brown Dorfshaffer. She married Harry “Bud” Neil Clothier on Oct. 6, 1956, at Raton, N.M. He died Feb. 19, 2003. She was a retired secretary for ELI Wireline. She had been a resident of Knoxville, Tenn., for three years, coming from Great Bend.

Mrs. Clothier was a former member of the First Christian Church, Great Bend, and of Family Life Worship Center, Knoxville.

Survivors include one son, Tim Clothier, and wife Teri of Great Bend; three daughters, Tami Ramsey and husband Harold of Tribune, and Teresa Bartolotta and husband Rocky, and Tonya Mathes and husband Tim, all of Knoxville, Tenn.; a brother, Sam Dorfshaffer of Groblittgen, Germany; two sisters, Kay Maneth of Great Bend and Beverly Shewbart of Nickerson; nine grandchildren, Candace Scott, Mike Crain, Jr., Justin Crain, Robby Crain, Lucas Crain, Ronnie Rosignol and wife Paige, Trista McClure and husband Jason, Zachary Clothier and Sidney Mathes; and seven great-grandchildren, Tristin Scott, Nicole Scott, Kyler Crain, Joshua Crain, Zoie Crain, Ada Rosignol and Elijah Rosignol.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend, with the Rev. William F. Johnson officiant. Interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Great Bend. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with the family to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Donations to a memorial fund for the American Lung Association may be made in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 29, 2009

Gordon Ellsworth Wild 1912 - 2009

Gordon Ellsworth Wild, 96, died Jan. 26 at Cedar Village. Born Nov. 12, 1912, in Sand Point, Idaho, he was the son of Harry R. and Lulu Kingsbury Wild. On March 1, 1941, he married Iva Lucky in Eugene, Ore. She died on March 12, 1977. He then married Violet Osborn Carroll on Jan. 6, 1979, in Aurora, Colo. She died on Feb. 16, 2005. A resident of Great Bend since 2000, coming from Ransom, he was a cabinetmaker and a carpenter.

Mr. Wild was a member of the Church of Christ in Great Bend and Ransom, and the Lions Club in Ransom.

Survivors include a brother, Warren; a sister, Evelyn; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Stanley and Kenneth Wild.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of Christ in Great Bend with Pastor Chuck Marshall presiding. Graveside service and burial will be at 2 p.m. at the Arnold Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to service time on Friday. Memorials are suggested to the Church of Christ in Great Bend or Ransom.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Inc.
207 N. Pennsylvania
P.O. Box 96
Ness City, KS 67560
785-798-3243
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 29, 2009

Edward N. Peterson 1929 - 2009

Edward N. Peterson, 80, of Great Bend, died Jan. 28 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. He was born Jan. 21, 1929. Service arrangements are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend, and will be announced.

January 28, 2009

Dora Lee Fern Michel 1929 - 2009

HAYS — Dora Lee Fern Michel, 79, of Hays, formerly of Norcatur, died Jan. 26 at the Hays Medical Center. Born April 1, 1929, in Lincoln, Neb., she was the daughter of Julius and Luella (Fose) Dumler. She graduated from Russell High School in 1947. On June 8, 1947, she married Wilmer “Mike” Michel in Russell. She was a homemaker and helped with the family business, Michel Oil Company, in Norcatur.

Mrs. Michel was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hays.

Survivors include her husband, Mike, of the home; four daughters, Connie O’Hare and husband Roger of Goodland, Vicky Showman and husband Randy of Fremont, Neb., Karen Bailey and husband Chris of Norcatur, and Cathy Pfeifer and husband Galen of Hays; three sisters, Jeannie Mettlen of Lucas, Clara Mae Petersen of Indianola, Neb., and Julie Boxberger of Great Bend; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Stephen.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Hays. Graveside services and interment will be at 3 p.m. at the Norcatur Cemetery. A prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 20th and Pine, Hays. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time on Thursday at the church. Memorials have been established with the Norcatur Cemetery Fund or the Oncology Department of Hays Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home*
1906 Pine St.
Hays, KS 67601
785-628-1009
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 28, 2009

Furman Guinn 1926 - 2009

Furman Guinn, 83, of Great Bend, died Jan. 27 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita. He was born Jan. 3, 1926. Service arrangements are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend, and will be announced.

Gloria Ann Clothier 1937 - 2009

Gloria Ann Clothier, 72, of Great Bend, died Jan. 27 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Knoxville, Tenn. She was born Jan. 18, 1937. Service arrangements are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend, and will be announced.

January 27, 2009

Glenn F. K. Fischer 1921 - 2009

Glenn F. K. Fischer, 87, of Great Bend, died Jan. 24 at Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend. Born March 19, 1921, in Hudson, he was the son of Willie J. and Amelia Erdsick Fischer. He married Dorothy L. Selle on March 23, 1947, in Hudson. She died on April 29, 1997. A resident of Great Bend for many years, moving from Hudson, he was a mechanic for Kottwitz Motor, C & P Electric and McDonald Tank and Equipment.

Mr. Fischer was a United States Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, serving on the church Diaconate, and a member of the American Legion Post No. 180, all in Great Bend.

Survivors include a son, Larry Fischer, of Great Bend; a daughter, Susan Bauer and husband Mike, of Pawnee Rock; companion, Mary Wilhelm, of Great Bend; a brother, Lawrence Fischer of Stafford; a sister, Darlene Selle, of Great Bend; two grandchildren, Grant Bauer of Manhattan and Aimee Riegel and husband Jason, of Lawrence. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Gerald Fischer, Leroy Fischer and Marvin Fischer.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First Congregational Church of Christ, with the Rev. Stan Crawford officiating. Burial will be at the Great Bend Cemetery with military honors by the Fort Riley Honor Guard. Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, with the family receiving friends from 7 to 8 p.m., at Bryant Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the First Congregational United Church of Christ, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www. bryantfh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 27, 2009

Edith Joy Marshall 1933 - 2009

PAWNEE ROCK — Edith Joy Marshall, 75, died Jan. 24 at her home in Pawnee Rock. She was born July 4, 1933, in Finney County, the daughter of Roy Daniel and Mabel Maude Kitch Jenkins. A Pawnee Rock-area resident, moving from Garden City, she was a bookkeeper. On June 28, 1959, she married Larry Hayes Marshall at Garden City.

Mrs. Marshall was a member of the Christian Church in Garden City.

Survivors include her husband, of the home; a son, Larry Marshall II of Great Bend and wife Sheree; a daughter, Paula Marshall-Hinds of Ellinwood; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and six sisters.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at the Beckwith Mortuary Chapel in Larned, with the Rev. Bruce Adamson presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until service time today at the mortuary. Burial will at the Pawnee Rock Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer in Hoisington, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left at www.beckwithmortuary.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Beckwith Mortuary, Inc.*
P.O. Box 477
Larned, KS 67550
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 27, 2009

Clara Marie Mitchell Winters 1923 - 2009

Clara Marie Mitchell Winters, 85, of Great Bend, died Jan. 25 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. She was born March 27, 1923, at Delia, the daughter of Ray L. and Mollie Kovar Mitchell. She married Harold P. Winters on Aug. 18, 1951, at Bentonville, Ark. He died Dec. 18, 1975. She worked for the Fuller Brush Company and for the Great Bend Police Department. She was a Great Bend resident for 57 years, coming from Jackson County.

Mrs. Winters was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Great Bend.

Survivors include three sons, Victor E. Poe, Jr., of Topeka, Warren C. Graves and wife Sharon, of Rossville, and Harold S. Winters and wife Jacklyn, of Great Bend; one daughter, Tuesday Noonan of Pawnee Rock; one brother, Cody J. Mitchell of Laughlin, Nev.; one sister, Thelma B. Lowey of Montebella, Calif.; 14 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Lonnie Winters, a daughter, Beverly Hopkins, and a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Poe.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend, with Pastor Don Paden officiant. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Galatia. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, with the family to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday, at the funeral home. Donations to the Clara Winters Memorial Fund may be made, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www. bryantfh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 27, 2009

Glendoris Siefkes 1924 - 2009

Glendoris Siefkes, 84, of Great Bend, died Jan. 25 at Garden Valley Retirement Village in Garden City. Born July 24, 1924, in Cambridge, Neb., she was the daughter of William Carl Kottwitz and Ida Wilhelmina Hanich Kottwitz. A resident of Garden City for the past four years, formerly of Great Bend and Ellinwood, she was the owner of Art Mart in Great Bend and the Ellinwood Flower Shop.

She married Harold E. Siefkes on Feb. 6, 1943, in Hudson. He died on Feb. 2, 1972.

Survivors include a son, John Siefkes of Great Bend; a daughter, Charlotte Kay Young, of Great Bend; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by seven brothers, Henry, Irvin, William, Harold, George, Reinhold and Earl Kottwitz.

Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kimple Funeral Chapel in Ellinwood with the Rev. John Grummon officiating. Burial will be at the Hillcrest Memorial Park in Great Bend. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time on Wednesday, all at the funeral home. Donations for a Wii Game System for resident recreation at Garden Valley Retirement Village are suggested.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Kimple Inc. Funeral Home*
113 N. Main
P.O. Box 246
Ellinwood, KS 67526
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 27, 2009

January 25, 2009

Hannah E. Moore 1917 - 2009

PAWNEE ROCK — Hannah E. Moore, 91, died Jan. 23 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Jan. 25, 1917, at Galva, she was the daughter of Gustave and Bertine Schultz Nichols. On Aug. 29, 1937, she married Guy A. Moore at the First Church of the Nazarene in Great Bend. He died April 22, 1994. A homemaker, she was a longtime resident of Pawnee Rock and later Great Bend.

Mrs. Moore was a member of the Nazarene Church in Great Bend and various quilting clubs.

Survivors include a brother, Watson Nichols of Great Bend; a sister, Lillian Feltar of Glendale, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur Nichols.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the First Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Josh Foster officiating. Burial will be at the Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may visit from 1 to 9 p.m. today at Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend. Memorials are suggested to the First Church of the Nazarene in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 25, 2009

Steven Paul Schmidtberger 1956 - 2009

Steven Paul Schmidtberger, 52, of Great Bend, died Jan. 23, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born July 15, 1956, at Great Bend, to Paul and Vera Romme Schmidtberger, he was a lifetime resident of Great Bend. He was a mechanic for Marmie Motors for 25 years and later worked for Great Bend Feeders.

He loved riding Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Survivors include his parents, of Great Bend; two sons, Andy Schmidtberger, Wichita, and Kyle Schmidtberger, Great Bend; two daughters, Jamie Vsetecka and Jessica Tomlinson, both of Great Bend; four grandchildren, Dylan Vsetecka, Sierra Vsetecka, Tysten Tomlinson and Jordan Schmidtberger; and a brother, Mark Schmidtberger, Cheney. He was preceded in death by an infant son.

Vigil will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Great Bend, with Father Floyd McKinney, officiant. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Prince of Peace Parish in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, Kansas 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 25, 2009

Delores Ann Eller 1949 - 2009

PARKER, Colo. — Delores Ann Eller, 59, died Jan, 22, in Parker, Colo. She was born Aug. 19, 1949, in McPherson, the daughter of Clarence and Catherine (Schultz) Lundquist of rural Lindsborg. She was married to Robert Eller at Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend.

Survivors include her husband, of the home; a daughter, Julie Goddard of Hoisington; two brothers, Glenn Lundquist of Lindsborg, and Robert Lundquist of Hutchinson; and three grandchildren.

Services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Parker Funeral Home in Parker, Colo. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, Great West Division Inc., 2255 South Onieda Street, Denver, CO 80224.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Parker Funeral Home Inc.
10325 Parkglenn Way
Parker, CO 80138
(303) 841-4004
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 25, 2009

January 23, 2009

Mickey Nicolet

SAN DIEGO — Mickey Nicolet, 73, went to be with his Lord on Jan. 10, surrounded by his loving family. He was born and raised in Great Bend, the youngest of four sons, to Inez and Ed Nicolet. He moved to San Diego in 1957. Mickey retired from General Dynamics after 36 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Tanya; daughters, Sandra Adler and Susan Langley; sons-in-law, Ami and Morgan; grandchildren, Sharon and Aaron; brothers, Neuell and Eldean; three stepchildren, seven stepgrandchildren and three stepgreat-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janet (Koch), a daughter, Sharon, and a brother, Bill.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Oasis Clubhouse in Menifee, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to a hospice of their choice.

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 23, 2009*

Doris M. Wimmer 1924 - 2009

HOLYROOD — Doris M. Wimmer, 84, died Jan. 21. She was born May 15, 1924, the daughter of Henry and Martha Herber Nienke. She was a homemaker, and had worked at Elkan in Ellsworth and was retired from Essex Corp., Hoisington.

Mrs. Wimmer was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and the American Legion Auxiliary, both at Holyrood.

On Aug. 6, 1943, she married Joseph Wimmer in Hutchinson. He survives. Other survivors include sons, Roy, Eudora, Randy, Holyrood, and Daniel, Garden City; a daughter, Linda Togersen, Stafford; a sister, Catherine Hazen, Great Bend; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. A grandson, Trent Wimmer preceded her in death in 1975.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Holyrood, with burial following in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth. Memorials may be given to the church or to the Holyrood American Legion Auxiliary in care of the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Parsons Funeral Home
Box 45
Ellsworth, KS 67439
785-472-3861
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 23, 2009

January 22, 2009

No deaths reported.

January 21, 2009

Gary L. Christopher 1935 - 2009

Grand junction, Colo. — Gary L. Christopher passed away peacefully on Jan. 17 at Hospice Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo. He was 73 years old.

Gary was born in Hoisington, where he attended Hoisington High School. On April 11, 1980, he married Judy Thompson. He worked in a variety of areas of the oil industry in Saudi Arabia, Libya, Malta, Egypt, Abu Dhabi, and within the western United States. He also worked in geothermal drilling in Mexico and Indonesia. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife Judy of Grand Junction, Colo.; three sons, Rick Christopher of Great Bend, Craig Christopher and his wife Mary of Silver Lake, and Brent Christopher and his wife Shanna of Shawnee; two daughters, Karen Boese of Wichita and Karla Willis and her husband Charles of Houston, Texas; three stepsons, Shane Thompson and wife Kari of Las Vegas, Nev., and Brian Thompson and David Thompson both of Grand Junction, Colo.; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and Mary (Ryan) Christopher, and six brothers, Vernon (Bud), Glen, Eugene, William (Bill), Lyle, and Darrel Christopher; and a sister, Helen Weathers.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 2754 Compass Drive, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home*
415 N. Main
P.O. Box 146
Hoisington, KS 67544
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 21, 2009

January 20, 2009

Sister Crescentia Peschka OP 1913 - 2008

Sister Crescentia Peschka, 95, died Jan. 17 at the Dominican Sisters’ convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born July 12, 1913, in Odin, as Loretta Caroline Peschka, Sister Crescentia was the daughter of the late Bruno and Crescentia Hoffman Peschka. She entered the Dominican Sisters’ Community on July 16, 1928, and pronounced her first vows on Aug. 17, 1931. She celebrated 75 years of religious profession in 2006.

Sister Crescentia spent her entire ministerial life in elementary school teaching from 1932 to 1993. In seven parochial elementary schools she was also the principal. She taught grades one through eight at different times in her teaching career and after slowing down in 1988, she still taught part time. She retired to the motherhouse in Great Bend in 1993.

Sister Crescentia is survived by her Dominican Sisters’ community and one sister, Cynthia (Ciddy) Vick of Great Bend. She was preceded in death by seven brothers, John, Michael, Sylvester (Butch), Bruno Jr., Francis, Lawrence and Donald; and a sister, Valeria Rodman.

Sister Crescentia’s body was brought to the hospitality area of the Dominican Chapel of the Plains, 3600 Broadway, at 1 p.m. on Monday, where it will lie in state until Liturgy of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. today with the Rev. Benjamin Dande MSFS presiding. A wake service was held at 7 p.m. on Monday. Burial will be in the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery. Both the wake and the funeral will be held at the convent. Memorials in honor of Sister Crescentia may be sent to the Dominican Sisters Ministry Fund, Office of Mission and Ministry, 3600 Broadway, Great Bend, KS 67530-3692. Friends may call at the convent from 9 a.m. until service time today.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 20, 2009

James “Woody” Johnson 1939 - 2009

James “Woody” Johnson, 69, of Great Bend, died Jan. 18 at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. He was born Dec. 17, 1939, at Great Bend, the son of Otis M. and Irene Bradshaw Johnson. He married Varna “Bunny” Johnson on Dec. 24, 1962, at Great Bend. She survives. He worked in maintenance for Southwestern Bell and Semco Machine Shop and owned and operated Johnson Trash Service. He was a lifetime resident of Great Bend.

Mr. Johnson was a member of First Baptist Church, Great Bend.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, of the home, include three daughters, Tanya Smith and husband Steve of Omaha, Neb., Sheila Cockrell and husband Albert of Tulsa, Okla., and Tina Banks and husband Michael of Arlington, Texas; one brother, Nathan Johnson, of Los Angeles; one sister, Doris Crawford, of Salina; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Otis Johnson, Harry Johnson and Bobby Johnson.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend, with the Rev. Leroy Keith officiant. Interment will be at Great Bend Cemetery North. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with family to receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the family. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 20, 2009

January 18, 2009

Walter L. Murray 1930 - 2008

Walter L. Murray, 78, of Great Bend, died Jan. 16 at Great Bend Health & Rehabilitation Center in Great Bend. He was born Feb. 28, 1930, at Great Bend, the son of Walter T. and Esther Bernstorf Murray. He married Margaret “Mickey” Murphy on Sept. 2, 1951, in Las Cruces, N.M. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he had been a truck driver for Mid-Continent L.P. Service, worked as a plumber for Marlette Homes and most recently was a groundskeeper for the Petroleum Club.

Mr. Murray was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Survivors include his wife of the home; a daughter, Merry Murray-Rogers and husband, Gordon Wayne, of Wichita; and a sister, Mildred Marston of Lindsborg. He was preceded in death by a brother, Melvin Murray.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend, with the Rev. Gary Brooks officiating. Interment will be in Great Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Barton County Relay for Life in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 18, 2009

Josephine E. Sutton 1915–2008

Josephine E. Sutton, 93, of Great Bend, died Jan. 17 at Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend. She was born Sept. 7, 1915, at Russell, the daughter of Reinhold and Mollie Beisel Nuss. She married Jim Sutton on April 15, 1950, in Great Bend. He died Feb. 17, 1998. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she had been a telephone operator and was also co-owner and operator of Sutton Van & Storage.

Mrs. Sutton was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend.

Survivors include a daughter, Reva Vsetecka and husband Chuck of Great Bend; two stepsons, Leon Sutton and wife Teri of Waverly and Ken Sutton of O’Fallen, Mo.; two brothers, Gerhardt Nuss of Great Bend and Ray Nuss of Dallas, Texas; five sisters, Irene Ledford and Virginia Harmony, both of Great Bend, Berneice Hillman of Keller, Texas, Ruth Critser of Wakeeney and Ruby Manweiler of Hoisington; four grandchildren, Eric Vsetecka and wife Jessica, Jason Vsetecka, Brian Vsetecka and Jill Moos and husband Travis; six great-grandchildren, Dylan, Jordan, Sierra and Brantley Vsetecka and Sydney and Camryn Moos; and many step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter Brenda Sue Sutton; one stepdaughter, Mary Kubin; and five brothers, Roland Nuss, LeRoy Nuss, Ervin Nuss, Clarence Nuss and Wilbur Nuss.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend, with Pastor Jim Strasen officiating. Interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Great Bend. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, with family receiving friends from 7 to 8 p.m. at Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church or Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 18, 2009

January 16, 2009

Dorothy E. Day 1925 - 2008

JUNCTION CITY — Dorothy E. Day, 83, of Junction City, passed away Jan. 13, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, in Wichita. Dorothy Elizabeth (Ucker) Day was born in Dickinson County on June 6, 1925. After graduating from high school in Wichita she was employed as a secretary with Boeing Aircraft. She married Robert Day on Aug. 22, 1946. They settled in Junction City on 14th Street where they had six children: one daughter, Penelope Ann, and five boys, Karl Robert, George Randolph, Walter Earl, John David and Thomas Leonard. Then they relocated to 4th street where three more children were born: Barbara Jeanne, Norman Lynn and Margaret Elizabeth. Dorothy and Robert were co-owners of Chase Electric located on 7th Street in Junction City. After retiring in the 80s, Dorothy was employed at UMB Bank in Manhattan for 15 years.

She is survived by daughter Penny and husband Fred Gullett of Great Bend; son Karl and wife Merri Day of Abilene, son Randy and wife Virginia Day, sons Walter, John and wife Avis, Tom and Norman and daughter Barbara, all of Junction City; 11 grandchildren, Jonathan Gullett, Amer Reese, Amber Golden, Jeffery, Joey, Elizabeth Day, Tammy, Brian and Eric Morgan, Thomas Lamparillo and Kristopher Day along with 15 great-grandchildren and many beloved extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Norma Ucker; her husband Robert; and daughter Margaret Elizabeth.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. today at Penwell-Gabel Johnson Chapel, 203 N. Washington in Junction City with the Rev. Jerry Rankin officiating. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. preceding the memorial service. Memorial contributions in Dorothy’s name may be left or sent in care of the funeral home. All are welcome to join Dorothy’s family in the funeral chapel for fellowship. To leave a special online message for the family, visit www.PenwellGabel.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Penwell-Gabel*
203 N. Washington
Junction City, KS 66441
785-762-3131
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 16, 2009

Julia A. Bruce (Boyle) 1914 - 2009

SANTA FE, N.M. — Julia A. Bruce (Boyle), 94, died Jan. 12 in Santa Fe, N.M. She suffered a major stroke five years ago and was a resident of Casa Real Care Center. She was born in Hudson Feb. 6, 1914, and lived in Great Bend in her younger years and then in retirement with her sister, Clara Smith, from 1986 to 2001. Her best friend, Jennie Ukert, of Great Bend, son Richard Boyle, Santa Fe; son Art Boyle, Indianapolis; daughter, Peggy Adamson, Las Vegas, N.M., niece Ritas Smith, Los Angeles, four grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great- granddaughter plus many friends and relatives survive her.

A memorial service will be scheduled in May to remember a caring, giving and courageous woman. Funeral home is Santa Fe Options in Santa Fe, N.M.

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 16, 2009*

January 15, 2009

No deaths reported.

January 14, 2009

June Alice Reed 1910 - 2009

SOLDIER — June Alice Reed, 98, of Soldier, died Jan. 12 at Medicalodges Jackson County in Holton. She was born Nov. 4, 1910, at Soldier, the daughter of Bert and Grace Thompson Anderson. June married Irvin Gene Reed on Aug. 23, 1934, at Kansas City. He died March 12, 1951. She graduated from Soldier High School in 1929 and took Normal Training at Emporia Teachers College. June taught school at Bancroft and later was the head cook at Soldier High School.

Mrs. Reed was a member of the Soldier Christian Church, where she played the piano, taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School, and was a member of the Ladies Circle. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star at Soldier and a charter member of the Wednesday Club. She was a kind and loving mother who always put her family first. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her greatest treasure.

Survivors include two sons, Irvin Dale Reed and wife Cathleen, Soldier, and Jerry Lynn Reed and wife Nina, Holton; one daughter, Leila June Nutter and husband Lloyd, Seneca; one sister, Ula Ewing, Great Bend; seven grandchildren, Annette Wheeler, David Reed, Amy Cornelison, Tracee Davis, Darcee Zehm, Cody Utz and Kitty Reed, and 13 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Russell Anderson, who died in infancy, Paul Anderson and Glenn Anderson.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will follow in the Soldier Cemetery. June will lie in state at the funeral home where family and friends will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. Memorials are suggested to the Soldier Christian Church or to the Beck-Bookman Library, and may be sent in care of the funeral home. On-line condolences may be made at chapeloaksfuneralhome.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Chapel Oaks Funeral Home*
P.O. Box 1034
Holton, KS 66436
785-364-2141
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 14, 2009

January 13, 2009

Col. Martin C. Brandt

AURORA, Colo. — Col. Martin C. Brandt (Ret.), of Aurora, Colo., died Jan. 2. He was born in Olmitz, the third child of Charles and Laura Brandt.

Martin was employed as an apprentice printer when he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. His military career spanned 27 years and included World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict. He was stationed all over the world but always managed to return to Colorado for several tours of duty, where he retired in 1970.

Martin was an avid sportsman and enjoyed both fishing and hunting. He also spent many hours working in his large garden and was especially proud of his homemade dill pickles.

He was preceded in death by his wife Betty, his parents, and a brother and sister.

Survivors include his sons, Martin and wife Nancy, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; John and wife Janet, of New Braunfels, Texas; Paul and wife Jennie, of Centennial, Colo.; daughter Dr. Mary Jane Brandt and her husband Dr. Rick Palmquist of Los Angeles, Calif.; and nine grandchildren.

Col. Brandt and his wife will be buried together at a private family service held at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colo., later this month.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 74th Floor, New York, NY 10001 or the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, 5705 Grant Creek, Missoula, MT 59808.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Horan and McConaty*
11150 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014
303-748-4418
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 13, 2009

Leslie Ann Felton 1953- 2009

STAFFORD — Leslie Ann Felton, 55, died Jan. 9 at her home in Stafford. Born June 25, 1953, in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of Gene Nellis and Pat Stockard. She was an independent computer software consultant and had been a resident of Stafford for 15 years, moving from Santa Cruz, Calif. On Nov. 4, 1978, she married Ray Felton at San Jose, Calif.

Mrs. Felton was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Great Bend.

Survivors include her husband, of the home; a daughter, Elizabeth Heilbrun and her husband Mike of St. John; her parents; three brothers, Mike Nellis of Santa Rosa, Calif., William Nellis of Omaha, Neb., and Chris Nellis of Seattle, Wash.; two sisters, Grace Nellis of Santa Rosa, Calif. and Gail Nellis of Kona, Hawaii; four grandchildren, Meredith, Zach, Travis and Jasmine; 20 rescued dogs and two granddogs.

Memorial service will be at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the church in Great Bend with Stan Crawford presiding. Burial of the ashes will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Feldhut Cemetery in rural Stafford. Memorials may be sent to Leslie’s Dog Rescue Fund or to the Golden Belt Humane Society, both in care of Minnis Chapel, Stafford.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Minnis Chapel*
125 N. Main. St.
Stafford, KS 67578
620-234-5261
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 13, 2009

Helen L. Seltmann 1922 - 2009

NEKOMA — Helen L. Seltmann, 86, died Jan. 10 at Harry Hynes Hospice Center, Wichita. She was born Feb. 8, 1922, at Topeka, the daughter of Edward D. and Rhea C. Bernard Seitz. She married Harley L. Seltmann on Dec. 25, 1948, at Nekoma. He died Aug. 24, 1998. A resident of rural Nekoma since 1948, she was a retired registered nurse and homemaker.

Mrs. Seltmann was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Larned, and Maranatha Volunteers International.

Survivors include one brother, Charles H. Seitz, of Roanoke, Va., and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother, Edward B. Seitz, and one sister, Margaret R. Seltmann.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Morell Funeral Home, Larned, with Pastors Jim Martin and Roger Larsen presiding. Burial will be in the Nekoma Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Maranatha Volunteers International, Great Plains Academy or Harry Hynes Hospice Center, in care of the funeral home. Personal condolences may be left at www.morellfuneralhomellc.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Morell Funeral Home*
1021 Broadway
Larned, KS 67550
620-285-2177
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 13, 2009

January 11, 2009

Paul F. Davis 1925 - 2009

ATHENS, Texas — Paul F. Davis, 83, of Athens, died Jan. 8 in Tyler, Texas. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. today in the chapel of the Cooper Funeral Home of Athens, with the Rev. Jack Matkin officiating. Burial will follow in the Oaklawn Memorial Park.

He was born Oct. 23, 1925, in Jefferson, Okla., to his parents, Foy and Fannie Allen Davis. He spent his early life in Jefferson and attended schools before entering the United States Air Force to serve as an aviation navigation bomber during World War II. After his military career, he returned to Liberal, Mo., where he owned and operated a farm. He later began a career as a food inspector with the USDA in Great Bend and relocated to Athens, Texas, in 1976. After his government retirement he was the owner and operator of Davis Window and Siding.

Mr. Davis was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Athens, where he was part of the Apostle’s Sunday school class. He was a member of the Athens Country Club, where he enjoyed golfing. He was an avid sportsman and especially enjoyed fishing, hunting and sporting events.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Davis of Athens; two daughters, Paula Davis of Sonoma, Calif., and Gina Rees and husband Doug of Dallas; and two grandchildren, Keaton Rees and Reagan Rees, both of Dallas. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, David Dunn.

Pallbearers today will include Al Byrnes, Bob Ostransky, Doug Jennings, Steve Green, Norm Tumlinson and Bill Brewner. Honorary pallbearers will be the Apostle’s Sunday school class.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Cooper Funeral Home*
842 S.E. Loop 7
Athens, TX 75751
903-675-2275
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 11, 2009

Eldon Louis Bergeson 1944 - 2009

WINFIELD — Eldon Louis Bergeson, 64, of Winfield, passed away Jan. 8, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. Born on Oct. 23, 1944, on the family farm in Leonardville, he was the son of Louis and Eleanor (Berg) Bergeson. He was raised and received his education in the Leonardville area, graduating from Riley County High School in 1963. He then attended North East Technical College in Milford, Neb., and received his Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, graduating number one in his class. He was united in marriage to Marearl Bahr on Dec. 25, 1963, in Osage City. The couple later divorced. Eldon was married to Donna Marie Sutton on May 10, 1980, in Great Bend. Eldon raised five daughters.

Eldon worked for Fritz Filling Station all through high school in Leonardville. He then went to work for a paper products manufacturing company. He also worked for the Burlington Railroad during college. In 1968, he went to work for Natural Gas Pipeline, and retired in 1998, when he moved to Winfield.

Mr. Bergeson was a member of the Grandview United Methodist Church. He enjoyed tinkering with small tractors, woodworking, building computers, electronics, home improvements, and welding. He loved anything that involved brain power and technology.

His surviving family includes his wife, Donna Bergeson of Winfield; his daughters, Kristin Bergeson Gasser of Grafton, Wis., Donelle Bergeson Sommer of Chicago, Bianca Dawn Alvarez of Dodge City and Candice Marie Bergeson of Winfield; his sister, Shirley Martin of Osage City and his grandchildren, Grace and Josephine Gasser, Eymber, Orion and Anthem Sommer, Marixsa and Trinidad Alvarez and Kyan Towles. In addition to his parents, Eldon was preceded in death by his daughter, Sheryl Lynn Bergeson, in 1986, and his sister, Louella Dugan.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Grandview United Methodist Church. Interment will be held at the Crooked Creek Cemetery in Riley at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service, Winfield, on Monday, from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be a special time for sharing remembrances at 7 that evening. Memorials have been established in Mr. Bergeson’s name for the Grandview United Methodist Church and for the Society for Melanoma Research. Contributions may be made through the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.milesfuneralservice.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Miles Funeral Service*
P.O. Box 720
Winfield, KS 67156
620-221-1111
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 11, 2009

Lucy E. Cartlidge 1927 - 2009

Lucy E. Cartlidge, 81, of Great Bend, died Jan. 9 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. She was born Oct. 12, 1927, in Ellis County, the daughter of John W. and Myrtle Lowe Keal. She married James M. Cartlidge on Dec. 23, 1945, at WaKeeney. He died May 4, 1996. A homemaker, she was a resident of Great Bend since 1945, moving from Ellis County.

Mrs. Cartlidge was a member of St. John Episcopal Church in Great Bend.

Survivors include two sons, Don E. Cartlidge and wife Tambra of Stafford and Jerry Michael “Mike” Cartlidge and wife Karen of Yukon, Okla.; a daughter, Patricia Ann Freese of Great Bend; a sister-in-law, Bettie Cheney and husband Charles of Fort Lawn, S.C.; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, seven stepgrandchildren and six stepgreat-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Grant William “Bill” Keal.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John Episcopal Church, Great Bend, with the Rev. Phyllis Flory officiant. Interment will be in the Great Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend, with the family receiving friends from 7 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial fund donations have been suggested to St. John Episcopal Church or to the Kansas State University Geography Department, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 11, 2009

Lorah Mae Bottom-Wyatt 1935 - 2009

MANHATTAN — Lorah Mae Bottom-Wyatt, 73, of Manhattan, died Jan. 9 at Valley Vista Good Samaritan Center in Wamego. Lorah was born April 17, 1935, in rural Havensville, the daughter of Rueben LeRoy and Eva Kroth Bottom. She attended Buck’s Grove grade school and graduated from Havensville High School. She then attended and in 1977 graduated from Kansas State University, Cum Laude, with a degree in social work and family economics.

Lorah was a mother and homemaker. She also worked for many years as a licensed social worker. She was a consultant for various nursing homes and also Memorial Hospital in Manhattan in her early career. Her favorite was Valley Vista in Wamego. For most of her social work career, Lorah worked for the State of Kansas in Great Bend and Salina.

Lorah married Thomas G. Wyatt in 1956. They were later divorced.

She was a member of the University Christian Church in Manhattan and the church’s Joy Group. She was also a member of the Green Valley Family and Community Education Group, Christian Women’s Fellowship, Lake Elbo Club and the Kansas State University Alumni Association. Lorah loved nature, especially bird watching. She enjoyed sewing, embroidery projects and making gifts for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Lorah is survived by her daughter, Jeanette Marie Wyatt of Manhattan; her son, Thomas Wyatt and his wife, Summer of Electra, Texas; two sisters, Betty Smith of Beattie and Wilma Ross of Havensville; three brothers, Gene Bottom and his wife, Mary of Bennington, Ralph Bottom and his wife, Isla of Havensville, and Albert Bottom of Wamego; three grandchildren, Joseph Lee Wyatt, Matthew Thomas Messbarger and Wayne M. Messbarger; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Jennifer Lee Wyatt, a sister, Goldie Krebs, and a brother, Verne Bottom.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the University Christian Church, 2800 Claflin St. in Manhattan, with Pastor David Pape officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. They suggest memorial contributions to the Lorah Wyatt Memorial Fund and those may be sent in care of Campanella-Evans Mortuary in Wamego. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Campanella-Evans Mortuary*
Box 232
Wamego, KS 66547
785-456-9811
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 11, 2009

Mary Elinor (Ball) Cooper-Blackburn 1930-09

ST. JOHN — Mary Elinor (Ball) Cooper-Blackburn, 78, of St. John, died Jan. 7 at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus in Wichita. Born May 25, 1930, in St. John, she was the daughter of Clyde H. and Iva F. (Lawton) Ball. On June 29, 1948, she married Donald Lee Cooper in St. John. He died in 1995. In 1996, she married Otis Blackburn in Great Bend. He survives. A lifelong resident of St. John, she was a homemaker and an LPN.

Mrs. Cooper-Blackburn was a member of the First Baptist Church, Rebekahs Past Grand Master, OES, Kansas Arabian Horse Association, and was a Patriot Militant Chaplain.

Survivors include four sons, Clyde Edward Cooper of Guymon, Okla., Robert Lee Cooper of Whitewright, Texas, Dale Alan Cooper of Great Bend and Gary Ray Cooper of St. John;  a daughter, Beverly Ann Coyle of St. John; a stepdaughter, Pam Wornkey of Ellinwood; three stepsons, Dwight Blackburn of Manford, Okla., Dee Blackburn of Blackwell, Okla., and Kevin Blackburn of St. John; a sister-in-law, Betty Tschanz of St. John; 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 13 stepgrandchildren.

Graveside service was at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fairview Park in St. John with Lay Speaker Donald McGuire presiding. Memorials are suggested to the Rebekahs or Kansas Eye Bank, both in care of the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Minnis Chapel
Box 34
St. John, KS 67576
620-786-9440
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 11, 2009

Margaret M. “Marge” Steiner 1934-2009

OVERLAND PARK — Margaret M. “Marge” Steiner, 74, died Jan. 10 at her Overland Park residence. She was born Oct. 25, 1934, at Great Bend, the daughter of Joseph and Theresia Bahr Schneider. She married Harold L. Steiner on Oct. 25, 1954, at Great Bend. He died April 23, 1996. She was the former owner and operator of the Redwing General Store. A lifelong resident of the Redwing/Olmitz area, she had lived in Overland Park for the past 15 years.

Mrs. Steiner was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and Daughters of Isabella, both of Lenexa.

Survivors include four daughters, Janell Meyer and husband George of Evergreen, Colo., Jennifer Truman and husband Michael of Hutchinson, Theresia Scoville and husband Bret of Centerville, Va., and Marla Sessoms of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Rose Dietz of Redwing; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Michael, Marion, Raymond and Joseph Schneider.

A vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Bryant Funeral Home. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Olmitz, with Father Ultan Murphy officiant. Interment will be at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Olmitz. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial gifts to a fund for Holy Trinity Catholic Church are suggested. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 11, 2009

January 9, 2009

Howard Vinson Carpenter 1916 - 2009

LARNED — Howard Vinson Carpenter, 92, died Jan. 7 at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital, Larned. He was born April 18, 1916, in Pawnee County, the son of Wilford C. and Lucile Vinson Carpenter. A lifetime Pawnee County resident, he was a farmer.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Larned, attended Zook Public Schools and later graduated from the KU School of Business.

He retired from farming in 1970 and was proud to have traveled to all 50 states and seven continents. On Oct. 25, 1986, he married Virginia Faye Simmons at Larned. She died Jan. 31, 2008.

Survivors include two stepdaughters, Susann Cooksey, Littleton, Colo., and Elizabeth Brickey, of Arkansas City; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, a niece and a nephew. He was also preceded in death by two stepsisters, Florence Martin and Velma Goforth, a grandchild, Charla Brickey, and a nephew.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned, with Pastor Bill Fitzgerrel presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the mortuary. Burial will be in the Garfield Cemetery, Garfield. Memorials may be sent to the Make A Wish Foundation in care of Beckwith Mortuary, Larned. Condolences may be left at www.beckwithmortuary.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Beckwith Mortuary, Inc.*
916 Main/P.O. Box 477
Larned, KS 67550
620-285-2121
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 9, 2009

Cecilia H. Bahr 1922 - 2009

OLMITZ — Cecilia H. Bahr, 86, died Jan. 7 at the Good Samaritan Home in Hays. She was born Sept. 28, 1922, at Claflin, the daughter of Fred and Louise (Werner) Beran. She married Charles E. Bahr on Nov. 10, 1947, at Odin. He died Nov. 27, 2006. She was a graduate of the St. Rose School of Nursing, Great Bend. She was retired as a registered nurse, having worked at both St. Rose Hospital and Central Kansas Medical Center of Great Bend. She was a resident of rural Olmitz since 1947, moving from Odin.

Mrs. Bahr was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church and Altar Society, both of Olmitz, the VFW Auxiliary at Hoisington and of the St. Rose Alumnae Nurses of Great Bend.

Survivors include a son, Leon Bahr of Olmitz; two daughters, Judy Getty and husband Larry of Hays and Jane Brack and husband Bruce of Rio Rancho, N.M.; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Helen Morgan and Mary Lou Morgan, three brothers, Frank, Roman and August Beran, and two sisters, Hilda Johnson and Hattie Beran.

A family rosary will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and a wake service at 7 p.m. Sunday, both at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Ann Catholic Church, Olmitz, with Father Ultan Murphy officiating. Burial will be at the St. Ann Church Cemetery, Olmitz. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.nicholsonrickefh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home*
415 North Main/P.O. Box 146
Hoisington, KS 67544
620-653-4165
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 9, 2009

Melba K. Adams

Melba K. Adams, 91, of Great Bend, died Jan. 7 at Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend. She was born June 20, 1917, in rural Pawnee County, the daughter of Norris P. and Gladys D. Frick Campbell. She married Donald C. Adams on Oct. 10, 1937, at Larned. He died April 7, 1971. She was a homemaker and had worked for Fuller Brush for 20 years. She was a resident of Great Bend since 1962, coming from rural Radium.

Mrs. Adams was a member of the First Assembly of God, Great Bend. Melba was committed to her family, friends and church, devoting time visiting community members who resided in area nursing homes.

Survivors include one son, David Adams and wife, Marilyn; two daughters, Diana Lunsford and Dawna Adams-Davis; three sisters, Faye Poole, Geraldine Smith and JoAnn Broadbooks; three grandchildren, Gary Adams, Chris Adams and wife Erin and Adam Lunsford and wife Cinamon; and seven great-grandchildren, including triplets Brooke, Kayley and Sarah Adams, Ryan Adams, Cody Lunsford, Jazmine Lunsford and Jenna Rose Lunsford.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God, Great Bend, with Pastor Dwight Dozier officiant. Interment will be at the Great Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, with the family to receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend. Donations to a memorial fund for First Assembly of God may be made in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 9, 2009

Evelyn Idona Baker 1914 - 2009

SUN CITY, Ariz. — Evelyn Idona Baker passed peacefully away on the morning of Dec. 22, in Sun City, Ariz., where she had been a resident of Royal Oaks Life Care Community for the past eight years. She was born to Elizabeth and Fred J. Dumler of Russell on Sept. 6, 1914, and graduated from Russell High School in 1932. She was predeceased by three sisters, Phoebe Streck, Arpha Galyardt and Violet Pabitszky, all of Russell. Her husband, Clarence Baker, also predeceased her. They had been married for more than 55 years at the time of his passing in 1993. They made Great Bend their home and raised their two children there, moving to Denver, Colo., in 1966. Sun City, Ariz., later became their retirement destination and home.

Evelyn is survived by their two children, Charles Baker of Denver, Colo., and Margaret Miller of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Stephane Bowen and Chad Baker, both of Denver, and Laura Rambin of Oakland, Calif.; three great-grandchildren, Calista and Caleb Bowen and Faith Baker, as well as several nieces and nephews. Two nieces living nearby, Mary Quint and Bonnie Streck, were close companions in more recent months.

Memorial contributions may be made in Evelyn’s name to: Sun City Church of the Nazarene, 14636 Del Webb Boulevard, Sun City, AZ 85351, www.suncitynaz.org.

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 9, 2009*

May V. Dougherty 1917 - 2008

CODELL — May V. Dougherty, 91, formerly of rural Codell and Plainville, passed away Jan. 5 at her daughter’s home in Larned. Born Jan. 22, 1917, in Graham County, she was the daughter of Frank and Blanche (Sparks) Mead. She married Dale Dougherty on Sept. 3, 1934, in Hill City. He died on March 9, 1999. A longtime resident of the Codell area, she was a homemaker and was active in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives and activities.

Mrs. Dougherty was a member of the Codell Baptist Church and enjoyed her monthly Ladies Farm Bureau Organization meetings.

Survivors include her daughters, Rodney and Arlene Hockett of Codell, Marvin and Ruby Poe of Oberlin, Ileta Harris of Larned and Gustavo and Retha Delgadillo of Pawnee Rock; a son, Dennis and Marilyn Dougherty of Great Bend; daughter-in-law, Vesta Dougherty of Lenora; 30 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren; and 26 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Larry and wife Joan Dougherty; daughter Wanda and husband LeRoy Clapp, son-in-law, Paul Harris, one granddaughter; three great-grandchildren; her parents; and sisters Hazel Butler and Beulah Thomas.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Codell Baptist Church with the Rev. Troy Buss officiating. Burial will be at the Plainville Cemetery. Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Moore-Overlease Funeral Chapel in Plainville, and from 9 a.m. to service time on Saturday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Codell Baptist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mooreoverlease.com.

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 8, 2009#

Thomas S. “Tom” Bell 1928 - 2009

HOISINGTON — Thomas S. “Tom” Bell, 80, died Jan. 8 at the Kaye Pogue Hospice Center, Salina. He was born Nov. 21, 1928, in Austin, Texas, to Silliman and Leona (Young) Bell. Both of his parents were railroad telegraphers, moving frequently as their jobs demanded.

Tom graduated from Hoisington High School in 1946. While in high school, Tom and his two brothers, Joe and Mike, were active in Golden Gloves boxing and were referred to as Hoisington's Boxing Bells by sports reporters for The Hutchinson News.

After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army as a private and retired as a lieutenant colonel after 24 years of service.

He met his wife, Jeanne Hallowell, while stationed in Yokohama, Japan. Jeanne’s father also was stationed in post-war Japan at the time. They were married May 15, 1948, in Yokohama.

Military assignments took Tom and his family to Wyoming, Maryland, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Okinawa and Michigan. He served one tour in Vietnam.

He retired from active military service at Fort Riley in 1970, and returned to Hoisington, where he worked for the Chamber of Commerce, Essex Corporation and the City of Hoisington. He also served on the Hoisington School Board.

Tom enjoyed bowling, fishing, golf and dancing. He was an avid card player and spent hours playing Spades on the Internet. A staunch conservative, he watched Fox News continually, except when listening to conservative radio talk show hosts. He was a man of great integrity and self-discipline, and had an undying love for his country. He also was active in local community issues.

He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, the Republican Party and the National Rifle Association.

Tom was preceded in death by Jeanne in 1991, by grandson Ryan Michael Bell in 1977, both parents and his younger brothers, Joe and Mike.

He is survived by six children and their spouses, including: Carole and Michael Specht, Hoisington; Joe and Cyndi Bell, Clarksville, Ohio; Terri Bell and husband Frank Wallace, Houston, Texas; Tom and Roxanne Bell, Salina; Kathleen and Kenneth Stephenson, Houston; and Michael and Linda Bell, Spring, Texas. Grandchildren and spouses include: Heather and Adam Ehlert, Overland Park; Krista Stuchlik, Boulder, Colo.; Jennifer and Jeffrey Garrison, and their children Ashley and Jacob, of Oregonia, Ohio; Jonathan and Therese Bell, and their children, Samantha and Sarah, of Beavercreek, Ohio; Jeremy and Anissa Bell and daughter Addison, also of Beavercreek; Austin Bell, Kansas City; Jennifer and Richard Rezabek, Salina; Jason and Cristina Stephenson, Williston, N.D.; Emily Stephenson, Houston; Ryan M. Bell, Spring, Texas; Jason C. Bell, attending college in Springfield, Mo.; Sean P. Bell, Spring; and Sommer Mueller, Columbus, Ohio. He also leaves his beloved special companion, Mona Short, Luray.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church, Hoisington. Burial with military honors will be at St. John Catholic Cemetery. Tom had requested no flowers or plants. Memorials are suggested to: Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund (to benefit children of members of the U.S. Military wounded or killed in combat), 22570 Markey Court, Suite 240, Dulles, VA 20166; the Kaye Pogue Hospice Center, 30 Holly Lane, Salina, KS 67401; or to the Hoisington VFW flag fund, 256 South Main St., Hoisington, KS 67544-2704. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington. The family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 9, 2009*

Mary Elinor (Ball) Cooper-Blackburn

ST. JOHN — Mary Elinor (Ball) Cooper-Blackburn, 78, of St. John, died Jan. 7 at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita. Funeral arrangements are pending with Minnis Chapel, St. John.

January 8, 2009

Beverly Ann Haselhorst 1950 - 2009

Beverly Ann Haselhorst, 58, of Great Bend, died Jan. 5 at her residence. She was born Nov. 9, 1950, at Great Bend, the daughter of Frank Joseph Steffan III and Cecilia Younger Steffan. She married Daniel Joseph Haselhorst on May 22, 1971, at Great Bend. He survives. She was a library media specialist for USD 428, Great Bend, and a lifetime Great Bend resident.

Mrs. Haselhorst was a member of the Prince of Peace Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Altar Society, Companions in Christ and Retired Teachers Association.

She enjoyed gardening, cooking, playing cards and fishing. She especially enjoyed playing games and reading with her grandchildren, always stressing the importance of education, family fellowship and fun. Bev’s family recalls many summer days that were filled with laughter and pleasure aside their swimming pool, as each grandchild fine-tuned their swimming skills. Bev was a devoted wife and committed mother, turning every family occasion into a special event. Above all, Bev possessed a rich spirituality that was passed down to her children and grandchildren.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, of the home, include two sons, Eric Haselhorst and wife Christina of Dodge City and Jason Haselhorst and wife Katie of Pratt; a daughter, Amy Myers and husband Greg of Bowie, Texas; her mother, Cecilia Steffan of Great Bend; two brothers, Jerry Steffan of Great Bend and Ken Steffan of Lake Forest, Calif.; two sisters, Betty Zink of Olmitz and Marilyn Dougherty of Great Bend; and seven grandchildren, Matthew Haselhorst, Allison Haselhorst, Kara Haselhorst, Ethan Myers, Kaden Myers, Hunter Haselhorst and Ian Haselhorst. She was preceded in death by her father and a grandson, Justin Wyatt Haselhorst.

An Altar Society Rosary will be conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend. A vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Great Bend. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church, with Father Reginald A. Urban officiant. Interment will be at Everett Cemetery, Great Bend. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Holy Family School Endowment Fund or to the Prince of Peace Parish in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 8, 2009

Evelyn J. Appel 1932 - 2009

Evelyn J. Appel, 76, of Great Bend, died Jan. 7 at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. She was born July 10, 1932, at Alexander, the daughter of Henry H. and Pauline Schneider Grose. She married Cleatus Appel on Dec. 3, 1950, at Bazine. He survives. She was a secretary for Barton County Community College’s Fine Arts Building for 21 years. She was a resident of Great Bend since 1954, coming from Bazine.

Mrs. Appel was a member of First United Methodist Church, Great Bend, and the Barton County Cougar Booster Club.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, of the home, include a son, Brad Appel and wife Sandra of Bartlett, Texas; two daughters, Mary Lou Appel of Aurora, Colo., and Rhonda Juel of Greensburg; three brothers, Ruben Grose of Hutchinson, Marvin Grose of Blairsville, Ga., and Alvin Grose of Great Bend; a sister, Janice Hawkinson of Ness City; five grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, two great-grandchildren and six stepgreat-grandchildren. Evelyn was preceded in death by a brother, Vaughn Grose.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Great Bend, with the Rev. Gary Brooks officiant. Interment will be at Great Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend. Donations to a memorial fund for the church may be made in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 8, 2009

James “Jim” Schoonover

DERBY — James “Jim” Schoonover, 59, died Jan. 5.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, RuthAnn of Derby; two children, Seth James of Jefferson City, Mo., and Dylan Loyall and Jessica of Topeka; two sisters, Virginia and Steve Clinton, of Florida, and Joyce and Bob Schroy of Illinois; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Dale and Martha Wanda (Ashby) Schoonover.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Florence Cemetery in Florence. Memorials are suggested to the Topeka Rescue Mission, 600 N. Kansas Avenue, Topeka, KS 66608. Condolences may be sent to the family at smithfamilymortuaries.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Smith Mortuary-Derby*
1415 N. Rock Road
Derby, KS. 67037
316-788-2828
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 8, 2009

May V. Dougherty 1917 - 2008

CODELL — May V. Dougherty, 91, formerly of rural Codell and Plainville, passed away Jan. 5 at her daughter’s home in Larned. Born Jan. 22, 1917, in Graham County, she was the daughter of Frank and Blanche (Sparks) Mead. She married Dale Dougherty on Sept. 3, 1934, in Hill City. He died on March 9, 1999. A longtime resident of the Codell area, she was a homemaker and was active in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives and activities.

Mrs. Dougherty was a member of the Codell Baptist Church and enjoyed her monthly Ladies Farm Bureau Organization meetings.

Survivors include her daughters, Rodney and Arlene Hockett of Codell, Marvin and Ruby Poe of Oberlin, Ileta Harris of Larned and Gustavo and Retha Delgadillo of Pawnee Rock; a son, Dennis and Marilyn Dougherty of Great Bend; daughter-in-law, Vesta Dougherty of Lenora; 30 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren and 26 great- great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Larry and his wife Joan Dougherty; daughter Wanda and her husband LeRoy Clapp, son-in-law, Paul Butler and Beulah Thomas; and her parents.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Codell Baptist Church with the Rev. Troy Buss officiating. Burial will be at the Plainville Cemetery. Friends may visit from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, all at the Moore-Overlease Funeral Chapel, and from 9 a.m. to service time on Saturday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Codell Baptist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mooreoverlease.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Moore-Overlease Funeral Chapel*
409 S. Cochran
Plainville, KS. 67663
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 8, 2009

Howard Vinson Carpenter

LARNED — Howard Vinson Carpenter, 92, died Jan. 7 at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital, Larned. Service arrangements are pending and will be announced by Beckwith Mortuary, Inc., Larned.

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 8, 2009

January 7, 2009

Beverly Ann Haselhorst 1950 - 2009

Beverly Ann Haselhorst, 58, of Great Bend, died Jan. 5 at her residence. She was born Nov. 9, 1950, at Great Bend, the daughter of Frank Joseph Steffan III and Cecilia Younger Steffan. She married Daniel Joseph Haselhorst on May 22, 1971, at Great Bend. He survives. She was a library media specialist for USD 428, Great Bend, and a lifetime Great Bend resident.

Mrs. Haselhorst was a member of the Prince of Peace Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Altar Society, Companions in Christ and Retired Teachers Association.

She enjoyed gardening, cooking, playing cards and fishing. She especially enjoyed playing games and reading with her grandchildren, always stressing the importance of education, family fellowship and fun. Bev’s family recalls many summer days that were filled with laughter and pleasure aside their swimming pool, as each grandchild fine-tuned their swimming skills. Bev was a devoted wife and committed mother, turning every family occasion into a special event. Above all, Bev possessed a rich spirituality that was passed down to her children and grandchildren.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, of the home, include two sons, Eric Haselhorst and wife Christina of Dodge City and Jason Haselhorst and wife Katie of Pratt; a daughter, Amy Myers and husband Greg of Bowie, Texas; her mother, Cecilia Steffan of Great Bend; two brothers, Jerry Steffan of Great Bend and Ken Steffan of Lake Forest, Calif.; two sisters, Betty Zink of Olmitz and Marilyn Dougherty of Great Bend; and seven grandchildren, Matthew Haselhorst, Allison Haselhorst, Kara Haselhorst, Ethan Myers, Kayden Myers, Hunter Haselhorst and Ian Haselhorst. She was preceded in death by her father and a grandson, Justin Wyatt Haselhorst.

An Altar Society Rosary will be conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend. A vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Great Bend. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the church, with Father Reginald A. Urban officiant. Interment will be at Everett Cemetery, Great Bend. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Holy Family School Endowment Fund or to the Prince of Peace Parish in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 7, 2009

Severin S. Leiker 1919 - 2009

HAYS — Severin S. Leiker, 89, of Hays, died Jan. 5 at the St. John’s Rest Home in Hays. He was born June 6, 1919, at Munjor, to Sebastian and Mary (Pfannenstiel) Leiker. He married Marie Riedel on Feb. 11, 1947, at Walker. She died Oct. 27, 2000. He was a 1937 graduate of St. Joseph’s Military Academy, and was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. He was a retired farmer.

Mr. Leiker was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and of the VFW.

Survivors include two sons, Irvin Leiker and wife Terry, and Ernie Leiker and wife Sandy, all of Hays; three daughters, Marietta Schupman and husband Arlyn of Hays, Edna Rupp and husband Harland of Hoisington and Melinda Thomas and husband Dale of Alamo, Texas; one sister, Lidwina Ruder of Hays; 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ted and Alvin, three sisters, Odilia Leiker, Marcella Giebler and Rosemary Urban, and four infant brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, with a parish vigil service at 7:30 p.m., and visitation also from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, all at Brock’s North Hill Chapel, Hays. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Hays. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hospice, to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, or to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Building Fund.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Brock’s North Hill Chapel*
2509 Vine St.
Hays, KS 67601
785-625-3215
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 7, 2009

Timothy John Fredelake

Timothy John Fredelake, 67, of Great Bend, retired Wal-Mart Service employee, died Jan. 4. Graveside services will be at noon Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Chase.

Survivors include his wife Faye; two children, six stepchildren, three sisters, 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Broadway Mortuary
1147 S. Broadway
Wichita, KS 67211
316-262-3435
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 7, 2009

Donna L. Schlegel 1940 - 2008

OTIS — Donna L. Schlegel, 68, died Jan. 4 at her home in Otis. Born March 3, 1940, in rural Barton County, she was the daughter of Lester E. and Wilma Fern (Lewis) Moore. She married Don Schlegel on Dec. 14, 1983, in Otis. He survives. A resident of Otis for 25 years, she was a retired bookkeeper.

Mrs. Schlegel was of the Lutheran faith.

Survivors include her husband, Don Schlegel, of the home; three sons, Dr. Gerald Evans and wife Brenda of Naperville, Ill., David Evans and Steve Evans and wife Deanna, all of Scher, W. Va.; four brothers, Charles Moore of Otis, Clark Moore of Great Bend, John Moore of McPherson and Jim Moore of Burnet, Texas; four sisters, Shirla Kirmer of Claflin, Vera Schmidt of Pawnee Rock, Linda Brack of Otis and Wilda Daubert of Wichita; six grandchildren, Justin Evans, Luke Evans, Duprice Evans, Cody Evans, Louise Evans and Desiree Evans; 31 nieces and nephews; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Leonard Moore, and a sister, Carol DeVault.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington with Father Ultan Murphy officiating. Burial will be at the Hoisington Cemetery. Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to service time on Saturday, all at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Rush County United Way Fund in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.nicholsonrickefh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home*
415 N. Main/P.O. Box 146
Hoisington, KS 67544
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 7, 2009

January 6, 2009

Dr. John H. Spencer 1947 - 2009

FORT SCOTT — Dr. John Harold Spencer, 61, of Fort Scott, died Jan. 3. John was born in Emporia in 1947 to Dr. Harold and Margaret Spencer. He graduated from the College of Emporia in 1970 (of which he is a member of the alumni board), and went on to attend KU Medical School. He completed his residency in Family Practice in Midland, Mich., before moving to Fort Scott to begin his practice at Newman Young Clinic in 1977. He later became a partner of Fort Scott Family Physicians. John practiced in Fort Scott 28 years, and has been practicing recently in the Independence and Fort Scott emergency rooms and in the Arma and Pleasanton offices.

Mr. Spencer was an active member of the community, and served as an elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Scott. He enjoyed many outdoor activities such as biking, running, sailing, camping, hiking, canoeing and horseback riding. He lived out his love for history as a member of the marching and mounted Fort Scott Dragoons, participated in Civil War reenactments in the 6th Kansas Cavalry, and was the president and founding chairman of the Mine Creek Battlefield Foundation. He was an active member of the Civil War Preservation Trust in Washington, D.C., served as a member of the Kansas City Civil War Roundtable, and participated in the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College during the past four years.

John was a man deeply loved by his family, including his wife Janice L. Spencer, originally of Great Bend; son Justin Spencer and wife Amy of Caufield, Mo.; daughter Jerilyn D. Whitsitt and husband Landon of Liberty, Mo.; stepdaughter Angela Walts of Odessa, Texas; sister Sharon Stewart and husband Max of Emporia; and nephew Dr. Robert H. Stewart, wife Kim, and daughter Abby, also of Emporia. Much joy was brought to John’s life by his six grandchildren, Elijah and Molly Spencer, and Ian, Simon, Julian and Rowan Whitsitt.

A visitation with the family will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Scott, 308 S. Crawford, from 6 to 8 p.m. today. A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will also be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, officiated by the Rev. Landon Whitsitt and the Rev. Dr. John F. Nipper. A memorial scholarship fund has been set up in John’s name at the First Presbyterian Church.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home*
15 W. Wall Street/P.O. Box 309
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 6, 2009

Thelma M. McPherson 1907 - 2009

SALINA — Thelma M. McPherson, 101, formerly of Salina, died Jan. 4 in Great Bend. She was born May 28, 1907, in Delphos. She married B.R. McPherson on Sept. 6, 1927. He preceded her in death in 1965. Thelma was a physical therapist assistant for the former Asbury Hospital and had been a receptionist for the Salina Senior Center and worked for the Saline County Commission on Aging.

Mrs. McPherson was a member of the Saline County Historical Society and of First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son, Brock, and spouse, Barbara McPherson, of Great Bend; four grandsons, Brad, Brit, Blair and Boyd McPherson, eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, Salina. Burial will be in the Delphos Cemetery at noon on Thursday. Friends may call at Ryan Mortuary, Salina, on Wednesday from noon until 8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the McPherson Education Foundation. For more information or to send condolences, go to www.ryanmortuary.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Ryan Mortuary, Inc.*
137 North Eighth
Salina, KS 67401
1-800-498-7926
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 6, 2009

Charletta Rose Carson 1956 - 2009

Charletta Rose Carson, 52, of Great Bend, died Jan. 4 near Larned. She was born Feb. 28, 1956, at Ransom, the daughter of Charles and Elnora West Evel. She married Gordon Carson in January 1979 at Great Bend. She was recently engaged to be married to Doug Samuelson. She was a dietician at the Larned State Correctional Facility, Larned.

Survivors include two sons, Gordon Carson Jr. of Larned and Daniel Carson of Great Bend; a daughter, Erin Carson of Great Bend; a brother, Tom Evel of Fair Grove, Mo., three sisters, Jeanette Ochs of Great Bend, Ethel Evel of Arnold and Loretta Ferguson of Hudson, Colo.; and her mother, Elnora Evel of Arnold. She was preceded in death by her father and a nephew, Clinton Evel.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City, with the Rev. Forrest Frazier presiding. Burial will be in the Ransom Cemetery. Friends may call to sign the book from noon to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be made to the K-State Research Fund.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Fitzgerald Funeral Home
207 North Pennsylvania Ave.
Ness City, KS 67560
785-798-3243
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 6, 2009

Rachel Ruth Marsh 1918 - 2009

LARNED — Rachel Ruth Marsh, 90, died Jan. 3 at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Larned. She was born Sept. 24, 1918, in Cimarron, the daughter of the late Lloyd and Florence (Alexander) Kern. On June 17, 1938, she married James Thomas “Tommie” Marsh Jr. in Dodge City. He preceded her in death on Jan. 13, 2003. Ruth lived at the Larned HealthCare Center in Larned, having lived previously at the Carriage House in Greensburg until the May 4, 2007, tornado. She and Tommie had lived in Sun City since 1974, and before that they lived at the J.T. Marsh Ranch for 13 years and prior to that they lived for 23 years at their ranch in Comanche County.

Mrs. Marsh was a member of the Sun City Baptist Church and the Deerhead Club.

She is survived by two daughters-in-law, Janet Marsh of Wichita and Nola Pawol of Clovis, N.M.; two brothers, Paul Kern of Grand Junction, Colo., and Dale Kern of Great Bend; a sister, Dorothy Rose of Larned; five grandchildren, Lori and husband Roy Claycamp of Seneca, Renea Terrel of Arkansas City, Gerry and wife Julie Marsh of Wichita, Eric and wife Betsy Marsh of Austin, Texas, and Mendy and husband Josh Chaffin of Nairobi, Kenya, Africa; and five great-grandchildren, Zane Claycamp, Dalton Terrel, Landon Marsh, Deric Marsh and Mason Marsh. She was preceded in death by two sons, Gerald Keith Marsh and James Thomas Marsh, a daughter, Anita Jean Marsh, two brothers, Wesley and Harold Kern, and a grandson, Chad Marsh. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today with the family receiving friends from 5 to 8 p.m. at Larrison Mortuary, Pratt. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the mortuary with Pastor Jeff Woods presiding. Burial will be at noon Wednesday at Lake City Cemetery in Lake City. Memorials may be made to the Sun City Baptist Church in care of the mortuary. Condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Larrison Mortuary*
300 Country Club Road
Pratt, KS 67124
(620) 672-6436
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 6, 2009

Bradford Keith Keeley 1949 - 2009

LYONS — Bradford Keith Keeley, 59, of Lyons, died Jan. 2 at his home in Lyons.  He was born May 19, 1949, at Ashland, the son of Keith Raymond and Anne Louise (Long) Keeley. He had been a resident of Lyons for three months, coming from Kanopolis. An automotive parts salesman, he graduated from St. John High School and attended McPherson, Emporia and Fort Hays colleges. 

Mr. Keeley was a member of the First United Methodist Church, St. John. 

He is survived by a daughter, Rachelle A. Keeley, Deadwood, S.D.; a brother, Kyle J. Keeley, Paris, Texas; a sister, Dorothy Anne Kastning, St. John; a niece, Kaelyn J. Keeley, Paris, Texas, and his mother, Anne Louise Keeley, St. John. 

Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, St. John, with the Rev. Bob Layne presiding. Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at Minnis Chapel, St. John. Private inurnment of the cremains will take place in the Larned Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the church or to Hospice of Reno County, in care of Minnis Chapel, St. John.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Minnis Chapel, Inc.
526 East 4th Ave./Box 34
St. John, KS 67576
1-620-786-9440
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 6, 2009

Gladys Irene Fox 1910 - 2009

ELLINWOOD — Gladys Irene Fox, 98, died Jan. 5 at Ellinwood District Hospital, Ellinwood. She was born Aug. 30, 1910, in rural Brookville, the daughter of John Henry and Maude Rebecca Lader Vosburg. She married George T. Fox on Feb. 22, 1936, at Salina. He died May 28, 2007. She was a longtime Ellinwood resident, coming from Brookville, Ellsworth, Philadelphia, Pa., and Dodge City. She was retired from a career as a registered nurse: for two years at the Ellsworth County Medical Center and 25 years at Ellinwood Hospital; and administrator of the Fort Dodge Hospital for 10 years. She was a graduate of Brookville High School.

Mrs. Fox was a member of Immanuel United Church of Christ, Ellinwood, and Order of the Eastern Star, Ellinwood.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen I. Ringering of Ellinwood and Joanie M. Boger of Tempe, Ariz.; two sisters, Gwen McKnight of North Carolina and Bertie Havig of Connecticut; six grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Desie, Goldie and Vivian, and four brothers, Clyde, Gail, Perry and Emmett Vosburg.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Ellinwood, with Pastor Larry Young and Pastor David Wesner officiants. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kimple Funeral Home, Ellinwood. Burial will be in the Lakin-Comanche District Cemetery, Ellinwood. Memorials are suggested to the Area Health Care Foundation X-Ray Project.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Kimple Funeral Home
113 North Main
Ellinwood, KS 67526
620-564-2300
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 6, 2009

Emma Fern Hetrick 1926 - 2009

WICHITA — Emma Fern Hetrick, 82, of Wichita, formerly of Wellington, homemaker, died Dec. 30 at Homestead Health Center in Wichita. Emma Fern was born the daughter of Loyal M. and Leona (Blunck) Gaskill on March 3, 1926, in Wellington. On Nov. 26, 1944, Emma Fern and Kenneth Hetrick were united in marriage in Wellington. Together they celebrated nearly 52 years of marriage. Her husband preceded her in death on Sept. 17, 1996.

Mrs. Hetrick was a longtime member at Central Baptist Church in Great Bend, where she was active in teaching Sunday school and Vacation Bible School for many years before moving in early 2002 to Prairie Homestead in Wichita.

Survivors include her sons, Michael Hetrick and his wife Martha of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., Kenneth Hetrick and his wife Lindy of Carlsbad, Calif., and Monte Hetrick and his wife Debbie of Stillwater, Okla.; a brother, Loyal Wayne Gaskill of Wellington; sisters, Betty Jean Gressel of South Haven, Mary Lee King and her husband Jimmy and Ada Marie Baker, all of Wellington, Vera Maxine Baker and her husband John of Mayfield, and Naomi Ruth Crossley and her husband Gayln of Oakley; grandchildren Erica Hetrick of Charlotte, N.C., Chris Hetrick and Kylie Shellstrom, both of Carlsbad, Calif., and Chad Hetrick of Arlington, Va.; and a great-grandson, Stavros Hetrick of Carlsbad, Calif.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Monday. Funeral services for Emma will be held at 10 a.m. today, in the chapel of Day Funeral Home, Wellington, with the Rev. Bill Shook officiating. Interment will follow in Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington. A memorial has been established in her loving memory with Hospice Care of Kansas, 808 South Hillside, Wichita, KS 67211. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home. To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Day Funeral Home & Crematory*
1030 Mission Road
Wellington, KS 67152
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 6, 2009

Donna L. Schlegel 1940 - 2009

OTIS — Donna L. Schlegel, 68, died Jan. 4 at her residence in Otis. Service arrangements are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 6, 2009

Harlie Albert Parish 1913 - 2009

Harlie Albert Parish, 95, of Great Bend, passed away Jan. 3 at his residence after a short illness. He was born Feb. 13, 1913, at Elk Springs, Mo., one of five children of John Clarence and Iva Mae Jeffers Parish. His ancestry dated back to the Civil War era, in which his great-grandfather served. The Parish family moved to Kansas when Harlie and his twin brother Arlie were five. The family settled in Barton County and later moved to Stafford County. He married Rosine Teichmann on April 10, 1938, at Hudson, during a blizzard.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Rosine, of the home; one son, Harlie Jr. of Memphis, Tenn.; one daughter, Kay Ellen Lehnig of New Haven, Mo., and her fiancé Robert Eisele of St. Louis; four grandchildren, Patrick Wynn, Timothy Wynn, Julie Lehnig and Joseph Lehnig; seven great-grandchildren and a good friend and helper Sean Miller of Great Bend. He was preceded in death by one infant daughter, Carol Joy, one grandchild, Shannon Parish, in 2005, a daughter-in-law, Barbara S. Parish, a son in-law, Rudy Lehnig, two brothers, Raymond Parish and Harlie’s twin, Arlie Parish, and two sisters, Lillian Cadman and Dorothy Jones.

Harlie was a farmer who had a gift for innovation. He made many useful tools, equipment and household utensils, which he gave away. Harlie and Arlie Parish started a company that was based on bulldozers. They graded roads, did oilfield work and changed the courses of small rivers.

Mr. Parish was an active member of Peace Church, his community and wherever help was needed. He was ready to help with a hammer and saw or words of comfort. He was a member of Cheyenne Sportsman’s Club, Hudson Senior Citizens Club and served for many years on the District 50 School Board.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Peace Church, four miles north of Hudson on K-19 Highway, with the Rev. Wade Russell officiant. Interment will be at the Peace Church Cemetery, Hudson. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Bryant Funeral Home, with family to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.

Funeral arrangement provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 6, 2009

January 4, 2009

Marge J. Netherton

NAPLES, Fla. — Marge J. Netherton, a resident of Naples, Fla., for the past 11 years, passed away on Jan. 1. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, C.J. Netherton, in 1996.

She is survived by her children, Michael Netherton, Carrolton, Texas; Tammy Netherton, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and René Netherton, Topeka; and her sister, Alice Ehly, Pueblo, Colo. Marge is also survived by three grandchildren, Jeff Netherton of Tulsa, Okla., Chad Netherton of Fredericksburg, Va., and Jamie Edwards of Topeka, and five great-grandchildren.

Marge was born in Herington to Mary and Herman Krieger. She attended Hoisington High School and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Barton County Community College in Great Bend, and from Denver University with a degree in nursing.

She was a talented seamstress and won the county and state championships in the Miss Wool Contest. Marge designed and made several of the gowns for the Ms. Kansas competition. She loved to paint in watercolor and many of her paintings were sold in contests while she was a member of Art, Inc.

While living in Naples, she was an avid volunteer in the Headquarters Library, the Collier County Health Department, American Red Cross and Hospice of Naples, Fla. She was a member of St. Williams Catholic Church, Naples.

Marge will be remembered for her devotion to her family and her unfailing class in the face of adversity.

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 4, 2009*

Bradford Keith Keeley

LYONS — Bradford Keith Keeley, 59, died Jan. 2 at his home in Lyons. Memorial service is pending with Minnis Chapel, St. John.

William J. “Bill” Krestine Jr. 1932-2009

William J. “Bill” Krestine Jr., 76, of Great Bend, died Jan. 2 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born June 8, 1932, in rural Otis, the son of William Joseph Krestine Sr. and Clara Marie Zirnich Krestine. He was a farmer and cattleman and worked for Grant Township for 28 years. He was a resident of Great Bend since 2003, coming from Otis. He was a U.S. Army veteran, enlisting in 1955.

Mr. Krestine was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, both of Olmitz, and the American Legion Argonne Post 180, Great Bend.

Survivors include a son, Joseph Krestine of Leawood; a brother, Lawrence “Larry” J. Krestine and wife LaWanna of Otis; two sisters, Evelyn S. Medlock and husband Dennis of Great Bend and Evangeline M. Jobes of Moundsville, W. Va.; one grandson, Joshua Krestine, and one granddaughter, Jessica Krestine. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dewey Krestine, and two sisters, Celeste M. Krestine and Ramona M. Torrez.

A vigil service with Knights of Columbus Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Olmitz, with Father Ultan Murphy officiant. Interment will be at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Olmitz. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Donations to a memorial fund for the CKMC Foundation, for the benefit of Heartland Cancer Center, may be made in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www. bryantfh .net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 4, 2009

Catherine H. Bahr 1929 - 2009

OLMITZ — Catherine H. Bahr, 79, died Jan. 2 at Sterling House, Great Bend. She was born July 29, 1929, at Odin, the daughter of August and Martha (Penka) Schneweis. She married Raymond J. Bahr on Oct. 12, 1948, at Odin. She was a farm wife and loved to quilt and spend time with her grandkids. She was a longtime resident of Olmitz, coming from Odin.

Mrs. Bahr was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church and Altar Society, both of Odin.

Survivors include her husband, of the home; three sons, Mike Bahr and wife Jane and Tom Bahr and wife Vivian, all of Great Bend, and Kevin Bahr and wife Jennifer of Olmitz; a daughter, Susan Schmidt and husband Mike of Raleigh, N.C.; two brothers, Ambrose Schneweis of Hutchinson and Arthur Schneweis of Odin; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Thelma Klug, Martha Ann Zecha and Evelyn Bahr.

A special wake service will be at 7 p.m. today, followed by an Altar Society Rosary, both at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Olmitz, with Father Ultan Murphy officiant. Burial will be in the St. Ann’s Cemetery, Olmitz. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials to Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer are suggested, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www. nicholsonrickefh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home*
415 North Main/P.O. Box 146
Hoisington, KS 67544
620-653-4165
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 4, 2009

January 2, 2009

Eleanor L. Umberger 1923 - 2008

ROZEL — Eleanor L. Umberger, 85, died Dec. 31 at Hays Medical Center, Hays. She was born Nov. 21, 1923, in Pawnee County, the daughter of Frank C. and Edna DeKalb Brannan. On Oct. 29, 1944, she married Dean Albert Umberger in Rozel. He died Sept. 23, 2001. A lifetime Pawnee County resident, she was a homemaker.

Mrs. Umberger was a member of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women, both of Burdett, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Survivors include a son, Greg, of Rozel; a daughter, Gayle Cornwell, of St. John; a sister, Francis Seibel, of Newton; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Winifred Newman.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned, with the Rev. John Hester presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Beckwith Mortuary. Burial will be at Larned Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Pawnee Heights Enhancement Fund, in care of the mortuary. Personal condolences may be sent to www.beckwithmortuary.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Beckwith Mortuary*
P.O. Box 477/916 Main
Larned, KS 67550
620-285-2121
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 2, 2009

January 1, 2009

Betty C. Harris 1946 - 2008

WICHITA — Betty C. Harris died Dec. 28 at Wichita. She was born Sept. 17, 1946, in Great Bend.

Survivors include a son, Richard Sherwood; four daughters, Angela Peterson, Stephanie Knight and Daiquiri Derby, all of Wichita, and Paula Lester of Hattiesburg, Miss.; a sister, Bonnie Meyeres of Phoenix, Ariz.; her aunt, Betty Lewis of Phoenix, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Harris, her mother, Ruby Gray, and her father, Elvie D. Gray.

Services will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Broadway Mortuary Chapel in Wichita. The family requests donations to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 1, 2009#

Shirley Rockhill 1937 - 2008

EUREKA — Shirley Ann Rockhill, 71, of Eureka, died Dec. 30 at the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka. Born Nov. 4, 1937, in Burns, she was the daughter of Edward Henry and Anna Ethel (Heath) Thackeray. She was raised in Great Bend and attended local schools. After her schooling, she moved to Topeka to attend business school and worked as a secretary. She later returned to Great Bend and worked as a certified public accountant. On May 23, 1970, she married Clayton Rockhill in Great Bend. They made their home in Garden City. Shirley worked as a doctor’s office manager for 17 years in Garden City. Shirley and Clayton retired to Eureka.

Mrs. Rockhill was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her husband, Clayton; a son, Edward Charles Mayer of Arkansas City; three stepsons, David Rockhill of Springfield, Mo., Vince Rockhill of Wichita and Lyle Rockhill of Hartford; a daughter, Jari Jo Williams of Gold Beach, Ore.; one stepdaughter, Maretta Huntington of Emporia; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and one sister, June Addison of Eureka.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at the Christ Lutheran Church in Eureka, with Pastor Maureen Howard officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, at Koup Family Funeral Home in Eureka. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Christ Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Koup Family Funeral Home
P.O. Box 595
Eureka, KS 67045
620-583-5575
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 1, 2009

Margaret Hoffsmith 1949-2008

DIGHTON — Margaret Hoffsmith, 59, died Dec. 29 at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. She was born Sept. 15, 1949, in Garden City, the daughter of Frank and Marie (Orten) Hoffsmith. She attended school and lived most of her life in Dighton. She had been living in Liberal for the past several years and received services from Mosaic. Margaret worked at the South Gate Four Theatre in Liberal and spent time at the local senior center. Margaret loved spending time with her bird, Marie. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends going to the movies, shopping or riding around. Margaret died following a short battle with cancer.

Survivors include a brother, Charley Hoffsmith and companion Joann Bell of Great Bend; three nieces, Char Hekele and husband Beau of Odin, Cindy Sandy and husband Billy of Great Bend, and Donna Blazek and husband Joe of Claflin; a nephew, Russ Broughman and wife Melissa of Great Bend, and several great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Boomhower Funeral Home in Dighton. Burial will be at Dighton Memorial Cemetery. Calling hours will be 9 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Mosaic in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be e-mailed to garnandfh@sbcglobal.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Boomhower Funeral Home*
145 N. Wichita
Dighton, KS 67839
620-397-5792
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 1, 2009

Audrey C. Hall 1910 - 2008

Audrey C. Hall, 98, of Great Bend, died Dec. 30 at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. She was born Oct. 24, 1910, to Anna and J. Andrew Casper. She graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina in 1932. She became a schoolteacher in a country school not far from Clifton. In 1936 she married George Hall, who passed away in May of 1994. She taught second grade and special reading in the Great Bend School System from 1961 to 1975.

She is survived by her daughter, Pat Hall Waldron of Great Bend; by her son, Jim Hall of Belgrade, Mont.; by three grandsons, Dan, Matthew and Mark Hall, and by five great-grandchildren, Tristan, Malcolm and Aiden Hall, sons of Matthew and Jill Hall, and by Elliot and Anna Hall, children of Dan and Krysten Hall.

Due to cremation, her funeral will be held at a later date. No flowers, please. Donations can be made in whatever form to any deserving person or animal who needs a bit of kindness. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 1, 2009

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