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June 30, 2009

Mona Ewing 1952 - 2009

Mona Ewing, 57, of Great Bend, died June 27 at Hays Medical Center, Hays. She was born Jan. 7, 1952, at Seminole, Okla., the daughter of Furman R. and Hazel E. Smith Guinn. She married Gary Ewing July 21, 1970, at Great Bend. He died Oct. 8, 2006. She was the director of the Noah’s Ark Preschool in Great Bend, and was a longtime resident of Great Bend.

Mrs. Ewing was a member of First United Methodist Church, Great Bend, and of the Barton County Fair Friends.

Survivors include one son, Christopher Ewing and wife Lindsay of Pawnee Rock; two daughters, Melissa Widiger and husband Billy Widiger Jr., and Stephanie Davis and husband Rick III, all of Great Bend; a brother, Larry Guinn of Great Bend; and nine grandchildren, Anissa Widiger, Jordan Ewing, Korbin Ewing, Jaxen Davis, Zachary Seymour, Lauryn Davis, Nevaeh Green, Ayanna Ewing and Kameah Ewing.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, Great Bend, with the Rev. Tom Sheldon officiant. Interment will be at Great Bend Cemetery North. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Donations to memorial funds for Noah’s Ark Preschool or for the Baron County Fair Friends 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, June 30, 2009

Alice Rose Kasselman 1937 - 2009

LEAVENWORTH — Alice Rose Kasselman, 72, was born April 28, 1937, in Wichita, to Dr. Fridolin and Mary Good. She has gone to be with our Lord and Savior on June 26. Alice attended high school in Wichita. Alice had three sisters and three brothers; she was the youngest of the four girls. She married Harlan Kasselman, and they had three boys, whom they raised in Leavenworth. Alice retired from Fort Leavenworth after many years of dedicated work. She enjoyed her two dogs, drinking coffee, working in her yard, sitting by the pool, watching football, and talking with her friends and family. Alice was a loving and giving mom, sister, grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed and remembered in the hearts of those who loved her.

Alice will remain in our hearts and memories forever.

She is survived by her three sons, Harlan (Hal) Kasselman, Joseph (Alan) Kasselman and Brian Kasselman; two brothers, Fred Good and Francis Good; along with her three grandchildren, Douglas Kasselman, Julia Kasselman and Amanda Fessenden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan Melvin Kasselman. She was also preceded in death by her three sisters, Thelma, Bernice and Edna, and her brother, Lawrence Good.

Vigil service will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Morell Funeral Home in Larned. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Larned, with Father Felix Bernard presiding. Inurnment will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Zook. Personal condolences may be left at www.morellfuneralhomellc.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Morell Funeral Home, LLC*
1021 Broadway St.
Larned, KS 67550
620-285-2177
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 30, 2009

Erma Estes 1917 - 2009

LARNED — Erma Estes, 91, died June 28 at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital Long Term Care, Larned. She was born July 11, 1917, in Stafford County, the daughter of Owen and Powerley Gilliland Smith. A lifetime Pawnee County resident, she was the former owner of Estes Dairy, Larned. On Nov. 8, 1941, she married Howard Clinton Estes at Larned. He died Nov. 16, 1980.

Mrs. Estes was a member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and the Larned Garden Club.

Survivors include a son, Gary Estes, Kansas City, Mo.; a sister, Bernice Zook, Larned; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned, with the Rev. John Grummon presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Wednesday at the mortuary. Burial will be in the Larned Cemetery, Larned. Memorials may be left to the Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 531313, Henderson, NV 89053 or American Cancer Society in care of Beckwith Mortuary. Condolences may be left at www.beckwithmortuary.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Beckwith Mortuary Inc.*
P.O. Box 477/916 Main
Larned, KS 67550
620-285-2121
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 30, 2009

Shirley Mae Tesch 1937 - 2009

HOISINGTON — Shirley Mae Tesch, 72, died June 27 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. She was born Jan. 12, 1937, in Montrose, Colo., the daughter of Harvey Samuel and Lucille W. (Barrett) Foster. She married Robert C. Tesch on April 22, 1956, at Russell. He preceded her in death Oct. 20, 1992. She was a cook for Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood, and for the Barton County Sheriff’s Office. She was a Great Bend resident since 1967, coming from Russell.

Mrs. Tesch was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Great Bend.

Survivors include two sons, Robert C. Tesch, II, and his wife Pam, of Hutchinson, and Randy Tesch and his wife Deb, of Hoisington; a daughter, Raelina Hatfield and her husband Ronald, Hutchinson; four brothers, Larry Foster and Kent Foster, both of Russell, Glenn Foster of Nevada, Mo., and Ronald Foster of Lincoln, Neb.; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Robin Tesch Wolford and Amanda Tesch, and a brother, Gary Foster.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, with Chaplain Randy Turner officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Great Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial donations to Hospice Care of Kansas may be made 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/Box 146
Hoisington, KS 67544
620-653-4165
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 30, 2009

Sister Teri Wall OP 1950 - 2009

Sister Teri Wall, 59, of Great Bend, died June 26 in St. Anthony Hospital, Denver, Colo. Born June 4, 1950, in Butte, Mont., as Terol Lynne Wall, Sister Teri was the daughter of Martin Joseph Wall and the late Elizabeth Lucille Barry Wall. She entered the Dominican Sisters’ Community in Great Bend on Sept. 1, 1976, and pronounced her first vows Dec. 31, 1978. She celebrated 25 years of religious profession in 2003.

Sister Teri ministered in Social Service in Great Bend from 1977 to 1980. She was president of St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Larned from 1980 to 1985. Sister Teri later served with Habitat for Humanity in Americus, Ga., for two years; was director of Home Health and Hospice in Great Bend for five years; and administered St. Joseph’s Children’s Home in Salina for two years. She also served in Denver in diocesan housing for two years. After 2001 she was the vocation minister for the Dominican Sisters of Great Bend for seven years. At the time of her death Sister Teri was updating her education to reinstate her Social Service license.

Sister Teri is survived by her Dominican Sisters of Peace Community, her father, Martin, one sister, Cynthia Jervis of San Ramon, Calif., and one brother, Martin J. III of Novato, Calif. She was preceded in death by her mother.

A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Robert Schremmer presiding. Burial will be in the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery. Both the wake and the funeral will be held at the convent, 3600 Broadway, Great Bend. Memorials in honor of Sister Teri may be sent to: Dominican Sisters of Peace, 3600 Broadway, Great Bend, KS 67530-3692, or to 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219-2098. Friends may call at the convent from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Friday.

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

June 28, 2009

Gordon Dale Harwood 1942 - 2009

NATOMA — Funeral services for Gordon Dale Harwood, 66, of Natoma, were at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Smith-Moore-Overlease Funeral Home in Stockton with Father Galen Long officiating. Mr. Harwood passed away June 24 at the Rooks County Health Center in Plainville. He was born June 26, 1942, in Noponee, Neb., the son of Chester Wayne and Ella Mae (Bedore) Harwood. He was a United States Army Veteran, serving in Vietnam. Mr. Harwood farmed before becoming disabled. He attended local Catholic churches and enjoyed collecting antiques and Santa Claus figurines.

He also was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and was an avid KU fan.

On Nov. 27, 1965, he married Della Mae Ritter in Great Bend. She survives, of the home. Other survivors include his son Dale and wife Cindy Harwood of Hays; brothers Jay and wife Jan Harwood of Grand Junction, Colo., Leland “Jack” and wife Kerry Harwood of Hays, Keith and wife Pat Harwood of Great Bend, and a granddaughter, Khristian Harwood. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Carol M. Binder, and a brother Delaine Harwood.

Burial will be in the Stockton Cemetery with military honors provided by the Monroe-Taylor-Barnes VFW Post 8873. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gordon D. Harwood Memorial Fund to be designated at a later date and may be sent in care of the Smith-Moore-Overlease Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mooreoverlease.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Smith-Moore-Overlease Funeral Home*
723 North First
Stockton, KS 67669
785-425-6761
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 28, 2009

Sister Teri Wall

DENVER — Sister Teri Wall, 59, died June 26 at St. Anthony Hospital, Denver. She had been a Dominican sister for 31 years. Service arrangements are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend, and will be announced.

Marguerite Arlene Doonan McAnulla 1919 - 2009

Marguerite Arlene Doonan McAnulla, 90, of Great Bend, died June 26 at the St. Joseph Memorial Long Term Care Center, Larned. She was born March 20, 1919, in Great Bend, the daughter of Clarence C. and Florence Roberta (Bowyer) Doonan. Marguerite married her husband of 50 years, Tony McAnulla, on Nov. 4, 1945, in Manhattan, N.Y. She was a lifetime resident of Barton and Rush counties. She graduated from Great Bend High School with the Class of 1937. Mrs. McAnulla went on to graduate from the St. Rose School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse.

Mrs. McAnulla was a member of the Lakeside Club and the Women’s VFW. She loved time spent with her family. She used her skills as a nurse to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include four sons, Stephen McAnulla and wife Debi, and Roger McAnulla and wife Ronda, all of Great Bend, Don P. McAnulla of Branson, Mo., and Mike McAnulla and wife Marie of Ozark, Mo.; a daughter, Jane Youngers and husband Ed of Garfield; a brother, Wendall Doonan of Great Bend, and a sister, Evelyn Graham of Las Vegas, Nev.; 26 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Tony in 1996, by her son James “Jim”McAnulla, and two brothers, Robert and Willard Doonan.

Viewing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Charter Funerals, Great Bend, with family greeting friends and family from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at 5851 Eisenhower, Great Bend, with Paul Hedland officiant. Interment will be at Great Bend Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Doonan-McAnulla Nursing Education Fund at Barton Community College of Nursing.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Charter Funerals*
2115 Washington
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-6161
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 28, 2009

June 26, 2009

No Deaths Reported

June 25, 2009

Keneth R. Peterson 1945 - 2009

TEXAS CITY, Texas — Keneth R. Peterson, 63, died June 23 in Texas City, Texas. Born July 17, 1945, at Sterling, he was the son of Martin and Louise Peterson. He grew up in the Ellinwood and Great Bend area but lived most of his life in Texas. He was an agent and stenographer with Rock Island, Cotton Belt and Southern Pacific railroads. He married Marilyn Stevens.

Mr. Peterson was a Navy veteran of Vietnam.

Survivors include a brother, Mike Peterson of Midwest City, Okla.; and a sister, Delores Wright of Midwest City, Okla. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Leah.

There will be no funeral services as cremation has taken place.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Foster Mortuary Inc.
610 24th St.
Wilson, KS 67490
785-658-2345
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 25, 2009

Margaret Ann Davis 1935 - 2009

LARNED — Margaret Ann Davis, 74, died June 23 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. She was born May 25, 1935, at Larned, the daughter of Robert Glenn and Miriam Elizabeth Brenner Bowman. A lifetime Larned resident, she was a retired nurse aide for Hammond Holiday Home, Larned.

Mrs. Davis was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Larned.

Survivors include two sons, Todd R. and his partner Frank Banks, Oakland, Calif., and Jerry L. and his wife Miracle, Macksville; a daughter, Denise M. Bragg, Abilene, Texas; four brothers, Glenn R. Bowman, Hueber Heights, Ohio, Howard Bowman and wife Carole, Pawnee Rock, Benny H. Bowman, Zook, and Gerald D. Bowman and wife Kay Jean, Macksville; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Russell.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned, with Ed Jumper presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Friday at the mortuary. Burial will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Zook. Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association or the Larned Seventh-day Adventist Church, in care of Beckwith Mortuary. 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, June 25, 2009

June 24, 2009

Evelyn F. Juno 1922 - 2009

OTIS — Evelyn F. Juno, 87, died June 22 at the Rush County Nursing Home in La Crosse. Born Feb. 27, 1922, in Odin, she was the daughter of Adolph A. and Caroline Linsner Demel. She married Edward Leonard Juno on May 6, 1942, in Odin. He died on Sept. 27, 2008. A lifelong resident of Otis, she was a homemaker.

Mrs. Juno was a member of the St. Ann Catholic Church, Altar Society, Otis Senior Citizens, Catholic Workmen and an Otis 4-H Club leader.

Survivors include two sons, Bernard Juno and wife Beverly of Bison and Edward Juno and wife Karen of Sinclair, Wyo.; two daughters, Rita Dunlap and husband Gary of Salina and Elvita Landau and husband Vince of Brookings, S.D.; three brothers, William Demel of Arvada, Colo., James Demel of Sun City, Ariz., and Gerald Demel of Westminster, Colo.; three sisters, Eleanor Reif of Claflin, Bernadine Moeder of Great Bend and Cecelia Schneweis of Hoisington; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and four stepgrandchildren.

Vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. Ann Catholic Church in Otis with Father Ultan Murphy officiating. Burial will be at the St. Ann Cemetery in Olmitz. Friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with family receiving friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the St. Ann Catholic 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 N. Main/P.O. Box 146
Hoisington, KS 67544
620-653-4165
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 24, 2009

LeRoy J. Munsch 1935 - 2009

NESS CITY — LeRoy J. Munsch, 73, died June 22 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. He was born July 20, 1935, on a farm southwest of Bazine, the son of Henry and Catherine Depperschmidt Munsch. For 32 years, he was a market manager for Dillon’s Co. and retired in December of 1995. LeRoy then moved to Ness City and became market manager for Ralph’s Supermarket. He was still working part-time at the time of his death.

Mr. Munsch was a member of the American Legion Post No. 152, Ness City, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7972, Ransom, the Knights of Columbus Council 2624, Ness City, and the United States Bowling Congress.

On July 29, 1961, he married Sharon Kay Delaney in Ness City. She survives.

Other survivors include his daughter, Cynthia and her husband, William “Boe” Levingston of Great Bend; four brothers, Lawrence and Harry, both of Cheyenne Wells, Colo., Jerry of Ness City and Robert of Lawrence; a sister, Wanita Reinert, Great Bend; a stepgranddaughter, Robin and her husband, Jamie Wetig of Atchinson; a stepgrandson, Jason Levingston of Great Bend; grandchildren, Allison, Jordan and Austin of Great Bend; stepgreat-grandchildren, Brittany and Alec Wetig and Skyler Zecha and Taylor Schartz. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Joe, Edwin and Ralph Munsch, and two sisters, Velma Boltz and Arlene Hanan.

Parish vigil and rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Church, Ness City. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Sacred Heart Cemetery Fund and the Ness County Bank Building Elevator Fund, in care of Fitzgerald Funeral Home. The obituary may be viewed online at www.fitzgeraldfuneral.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Fitzgerald Funeral Home*
P.O. Box 96
Ness City, KS 67560
785-798-3243
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 24, 2009

Opal M. Cromwell 1923 - 2009

HOISINGTON — Opal M. Cromwell, 85, died June 22 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. She was born Nov. 12, 1923, in Swink, Colo., the daughter of George and Anna (Wilson) Thatcher. She married Ray V. Cromwell on April 15, 1944, at La Junta, Colo. He preceded her in death on June 20, 2002. She was a homemaker and a Hoisington resident since 1944, coming from Swink, Colo.

Mrs. Cromwell was of the Methodist faith.

Survivors include two sons, Cecil Cromwell and wife Esther of Clay Center and James Cromwell and wife Sabrina of Ponca City, Okla.; three daughters, Patty Miller of Topeka, and Sandy Cromwell and Betty Chism, both of Great Bend; a brother, Bill Thatcher of Swink, Colo.; a brother-in-law, Larry Embry of Newton; nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Karon Embry, and three sisters.

A celebration of life memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, with Chaplain Mike Hambley officiating. Inurnment will be at the Hoisington Cemetery. There will be no visitation, as cremation has taken place. Memorials are suggested to Hospice Care of Kansas. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.nicholsonrickefh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home*
415 North Main
Hoisington, KS 67544
620-653-4165
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 24, 2009

June 23, 2009

Doris M. Smith

Doris M. Smith, 86, formerly of Great Bend, died Tuesday morning, May 12, at Maple Heights Nursing Home in Hiawatha.

Survivors include her daughter, Terry Smith of Hiawatha; son, C. Jay Smith and wife Margaret of Grandview, Mo.; and three grandchildren, Marc, Curt and Cindy.

It was her wish to be cremated. Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday at Bryant Funeral Home. Inurnment will follow at the Great Bend Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by a United States Navy Honor Guard.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
620-793-3525
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 23, 2009

June 21, 2009

Kennith L. Burger 1952 - 2009

LARNED — Kennith L. Burger, 56, died June 18 at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita. He was born Dec. 1, 1952, at La Crosse, the son of Glenn E. and LaDayne D. Deighton Burger. A lifetime Larned resident, he was a power plant engineer for the City of Larned. On Oct. 29, 1972, he married Connie L. Elder at McPherson. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Travis, Garfield, and Tyson, Larned; a daughter, Sheila Martin and husband Paul, Great Bend; two brothers, Dennis, and Benny R. and wife Gayla, all of Garfield; and six grandchildren, Kelsey, Tyler, Destiney, Tristen, Dakota and Brent. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned, with Pastor Dan Lundgren presiding. Friends may call from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until service time Monday, all at the mortuary. Burial will be in the Garfield Cemetery, Garfield. Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association in care of Beckwith Mortuary, Inc. 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, June 21, 2009

Dorothy M. Showalter 1923-2009

ELLSWORTH--Dorothy M. Showalter, 85, died June 19 in Ellsworth. She was born Sept. 20, 1923 in Hutchinson to Sterling and Pearl Burge Miller. A Holyrood resident since 1958, she was a homemaker and member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and American Legion Auxiliary, both of Holyrood.

On Oct. 1940, she married Elmer L. Showalter in Lyons. He survives.

Other survivors include sons Richard, Holyrood; Dennis, Pacifica, Calif.; Jerry, Chapman; David, Foster City, Calif.; daughters, Judi Rust, Wichita; and Ellen Janssen, Kansas City, Mo.; sisters Joyce McQueen, Lodi, Calif.; and Juanita Ward, Seattle, Wash.; seven Grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Holyrood. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the church in care of the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Parsons Funeral Home
PO Box 45
Ellsworth, KS 67439
785-472-3871
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 21, 2009

Linda Beth Wood 1946 – 2009

ELLINWOOD – Linda Beth Wood, 63, died June 19 at her home in Ellinwood. She was born Apr. 10, 1946, at Vernal, Utah, the daughter of Richard LeRoy and Elva Pearl Clark Brewer. Linda attended two years of business school. She was a longtime resident of Denver, Colo. before retiring to Ellinwood three years ago. Also,Linda was a seamstress.

She married Ron Wood on Feb. 27, 1988 in Denver, Colo. Linda was a member of the Ellinwood Geezer club and her hobbies included spending time with her family, fishing, crafting, poetry and she loved flowers. Linda also enjoyed playing games including the Playstation 2.

Linda is survived by her husband of the home; three sons, Steven Adams, Denver, Colo.; Troy Edwin, Lebanon, N.H.; and David, Lakewood, Colo.; daughter Stacie Griffith and her husband Sean, Brighton, Colo.; stepfather, Edwin Stoppel; two brothers, Mike Brewer and his wife Barbara, Ellinwood; Richard Brewer and his wife Sandy, Castle Rock, Colo.; three sisters Debbie Sheldon and her husband Larry, Ellinwood; Becky Smith and her husband Don, Ellinwood; Christi Maes and her husband George, Denver Colo.; 9 grandchildren, Ty Adams; Eve Bourne; Jade Griffith; Zach Griffith; Gabe Griffith; Kerri Wood; Nicole Wood; Kara Wood; Evan Wood. She is proceded in death by her parents.

Vistitation will be Tuesday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Charter Funerals Great Bend Chapel. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at Lake Comanche Cemetery in Ellinwood. Memorials will be made to the Linda Wood Funeral Fund.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Charter Funerals*
2115 Washington
Great Bend, Kansas 67530
620-793-6161
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 21, 2009

Dorothy Merten Erhart 1922 - 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Dorothy Merten Erhart, 87, known to her family and friends as “Dottie,” died June 9 at her home in Anchorage. Dottie was born Feb. 8, 1922, at Great Bend, the daughter of Ralph and Audra (Larason) Merten. She attended schools in Great Bend, Rozel and Douglass before moving to California in 1943 to live with her aunt, Lillian Stueri. In 1945 she met Lewis Erhart when he returned from service in World War II. They were married in 1947 and in 1968 made their home in Anchorage, Alaska. Dottie worked for Task Realty and Ketchum Air Service in Anchorage.

Dottie is survived by her husband, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Lewis Erhart; her son, Lewis M. Erhart, and her daughter, Monika Erhart, both of Anchorage; by her brother, Jack L. Merten and his wife, Wilda, of Great Bend; her nephew, Michael L. Merten and wife, Pam, of Great Bend; her niece, Lahree Jenkins and husband, Ken, of Duncan, Okla.; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.

At her request, there was no funeral. Arrangements were handled by Janssen’s Evergreen Memorial Chapel, Anchorage.

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 18, 2009

Olive D. Johnson 1919 - 2009

LARNED — Olive D. Johnson, 89, died June 19 at Larned Healthcare Center, Larned. She was born Oct. 1, 1919, at Ash Valley, the daughter of Porter Robert and Clara Myrtle Hall Smiley. A resident of Larned since 2001 moving from Pharr, Texas, she was a homemaker.

Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Larned United Methodist Church, VFW Auxiliary and Good Sams Club and was a former 4-H Leader.

On June 11, 1940, she married Glenn N. Johnson at Ness City. He survives.

Other survivors include a son, Robert G. Johnson, Alden, Minn.; three daughters, Sherrill D. Sallee, Gloria D. Youngdahl and Glenda L. Eye, all of Larned; a sister, Ada C. Ebersole, Wichita; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Guy Smiley, Gerald Smiley, Clair Smiley and Orlie Smiley; and one sister, Dessie M. Robertson.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Beckwith Mortuary Chapel, Larned, with Pastor Dan Lundgren presiding. Friends may call from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. Burial will be in the Ash Valley Cemetery, Ash Valley. Memorials may be sent to the South Wind Hospice in care of Beckwith Mortuary, Inc. 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, June 21, 2009

Elaine Nienke 1937 - 2009

ELLSWORTH- Elaine Nienke, 71, died June 19, in Salina. She was born Aug. 6, 1937, at Parker, Kans. She was the daughter of Harmie and Velma Collins McCarty. She was a homemaker and retired tax clerk for Northern Natural Gas. Elaine was a member of the Immanual Lutheran Church, Ellsworth. A former resident of Salina, she had lived in Ellsworth the past 4 years.

On August 5, 1956, she married Robert D. Nienke in Holyrood. He survives.

She was proceded in death by a brother Leonard in 1996.

Survivors include her son Bob Jr. and wife Julie, Ellsworth; daugthers Debra Nelson and husband Dean, Olathe; and Carol Boehler and husband William, Lincoln Neb.; sister, Kay Kratzer, Holyrood; brother, Lonnie McCarty, Ellinwood; 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Visitation will be 1p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, with family receiveing friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Monday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ellsworth with burial in the Ellsworth Memorial Cemetary. Memorials may be sent to the Immanuel Lutheran Church carpet fund or Tammy Walker Cancer Center, Salina, in care of the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Parsons Funeral Home
PO Box 45
Ellsworth, KS 67439
785-472-3861
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 21, 2009

Hans C. Anderson 1954 - 2009

HUTCHINSON – Hans C. Anderson, 54, died June 18 at Hospice House of Reno County in Hutchinson. Born Nov. 9, 1954, in Great Bend, he was the son of Everett and Evangeline Stejskal Anderson. He married Robin D. Erwin in August 1985 in Great Bend. She survives. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was a truck driver for Barton County Road and Bridge.

Mr. Anderson was a member of the Prince of Peace Parish at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Great Bend.

Survivors include his wife, Robin Anderson, of the home; his mother, Evangeline Anderson of Great Bend; four brothers, Robert D. Anderson, Larry W. Anderson and Terry G. Anderson, all of Great Bend, and Mark T. Anderson of Hawthorn, Nev.; and a sister, Clara Jo Lefebvre of Colwich. He was preceded in death by his father, Everett Anderson.

Funeral service was at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Prince of Peace Parish at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Great Bend with Father Floyd McKinney officiating. Burial was at the Hillcrest Memorial Park in Great Bend. Memorials are suggested to the Barton County Humane Society or Brit Spaugh Zoo, 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, June 21, 2009

June 19, 2009

Louis Henry Witthuhn, Jr. 1922 - 2009

BAZINE — Louis Henry Witthuhn, Jr., 86, passed away June 17. He was born July 4, 1922, to Louis H. Witthuhn, Sr., and Anna Mauth Witthuhn on the family farm near Bazine. He was a farmer. On Aug. 19, 1945, he married Sibyl McFadden. She survives. As a child he attended Walnut Hill School near his home. He graduated from Bazine High School in 1941.

Mr. Witthuhn was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Bazine, and a past director of the Bazine Cooperative Board.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three sons, Larry and his wife Carol of Edmond, Okla., Van and wife Jan of Hays, and Ray and wife Carol of Bazine; two brothers, Verlyn and Harold, both of Bazine; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Milton “Bud” Witthuhn, and a sister, Lena Strecker.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Bazine, with the Rev. Warren Prochnow presiding. Burial will be in the Bazine Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City. Memorials may be given to the Bazine Cemetery Fund, in care of the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Fitzgerald Funeral Home*
207 North Pennsylvania
Ness City, KS 67560
785-798-3243
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 19, 2009

June 18, 2009

Thomas Dean Kinkaid 1930 - 2009

VALLEY CENTER — Thomas Dean Kinkaid, 78, formerly of Great Bend, left his family on earth to join his heavenly family on June 15. Tommy Dean was born Nov. 5, 1930, near Grove, Okla., to Robert and Mamie Melinda (Mason) Kinkaid. They both passed away during his childhood. His Uncle Tom and older siblings raised him on the family farm until the age of 12. He then lived at the American Legion Children’s Home in Ponca City, Okla., until graduation. He joined the Army in 1950 and proudly served in the Korean War. He retired from Steffen’s Hiland Dairy. He married Donna Jensen April 25, 1965. Together they raised three daughters.

His survivors include Donna, his devoted wife of 44 years; daughters Christie Miller of Wichita, Gina (Terry) Lyon of Allen and Sara (Ron) Hawkins, also of Wichita; grandchildren Haley, Jeremy, Abbie, Christopher, Sydni and Reese; sister Helen Andrews of Wichita; beloved canine friend and sidekick Maisie, several nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert, Clement and Donnie, and sister Mary Ellen.

Tom was known for his ornery sense of humor, for being a devoted family man, friendliness to all and strong work ethic.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Valley Center Christian Church, 1801 East 5th St., Valley Center. Memorials may be designated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association Camp Scholarship Fund and The American Legion Children’s Building Fund, Ponca City, Okla.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Baker Funeral Home*
110 South Cedar/PO Box 242
Valley Center, KS 67147
316-755-2731
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 18, 2009

Dorothy Merten Erhart 1922 - 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Dorothy Merten Erhart, 87, known to her family and friends as “Dottie,” died June 9 at her home in Anchorage. Dottie was born Feb. 8, 1922, at Great Bend, the daughter of Ralph and Audra (Larason) Merten. She attended schools in Great Bend, Rozel and Douglass before moving to California in 1943 to live with her aunt, Lillian Stueri. In 1945 she met Lewis Erhart when he returned from service in World War II. They were married in 1947 and in 1968 made their home in Anchorage, Alaska. Dottie worked for Task Realty and Ketchum Air Service in Anchorage.

Dottie is survived by her husband, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Lewis Erhart; her son, Lewis M. Erhart, and her daughter, Monika Erhart, both of Anchorage; by her brother, Jack L. Merten and his wife, Wilda, of Great Bend; her nephew, Michael L. Merten and wife, Pam, of Great Bend; her niece, Lahree Jenkins and husband, Ken, of Duncan, Okla.; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.

At her request, there was no funeral. Arrangements were handled by Janssen’s Evergreen Memorial Chapel, Anchorage.

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 18, 2009#

Floyd Edward Wilson 1932 - 2009

Floyd Edward Wilson, 77, of Great Bend, died June 17 at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. He was born June 1, 1932, at Rush Center, the son of Elmer Floyd and Elva Juanita Mendenhall Wilson. He married Nancy Mayse on June 19, 1955, at La Crosse. She survives. He was a former mechanic for Parish Motors and Sanko Conoco, both of Great Bend. He was a resident of Great Bend since 1961, coming from Nekoma. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the United States Army.

Mr. Wilson was a member of VFW Post 5657, Ellinwood, and of the National Bowling Association.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, Nancy, of the home, include two sons, Wayne E. Wilson and wife Joyce, of Hays, and Joel E. Wilson and wife Dana, of Great Bend; four daughters, Dixie Phillips and husband Anthony, of Manhattan, Sheryl Fromm and husband Garry and Carla Gibson and husband Kirk, all of Wichita, and Lisa Base and husband Cliff, of Smolan; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Wilson, and a sister, Betty Janke.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend, with Pastor Roy Savage officiant. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Nekoma Union Township Cemetery, Nekoma. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with family to receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Donations to a memorial fund for the Barton County Humane Society 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, June 18, 2009

June 17, 2009

E. Esther Schneider 1912 - 2009

E. Esther Schneider, 96, died June 14 at Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend. Born Oct. 16, 1912, at Galatia, she was the daughter of J. George and Anna Herrman Boxberger. She was baptized on Nov. 10, 1912, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Milberger and attended there until moving to Great Bend in 1965. She married Paul Schneider on Jan. 12, 1936, at Milberger. He died March 2, 2001. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from the family farm in northern Barton County, she was a homemaker.

Mrs. Schneider was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend.

Survivors include two sons, Gerald Schneider and wife June and Donald L. Schneider and wife Betty, all of Great Bend; a daughter, Sheryl White and husband Leonard of Albert; eight grandchildren, Lynn Kern, James Schneider, Donnelle Weller, Lanett Franko, Deidra Rowley, Clifford White, Brandon White and Tracy McClure; 12 great-grandchildren; and four sisters-in-law: Alice Boxberger, Esther Boxberger, Doris Boxberger and Martha Eichman. She was preceded in death by five brothers: an infant, Jacob Boxberger; Fred Boxberger; Harvey Boxberger; Herbert Boxberger and Rueben Boxberger; and two sisters, Lydia Tittel and Elsie Nuss.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. James A. Strasen officiating. Burial will be at the Great Bend Cemetery.

Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m., at Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend. Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Lutheran Church. 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, June 17, 2009

June 16, 2009

Jessica Celeste Eidson 1988 - 2009

BUFFALO, Mo. — Jessica Celeste Eidson was born Dec. 24, 1988, in Whitefish, Mont., the daughter of Mark Cave and Treasa Cave. She died May 15, 2009, where she was staying in a house south of Buffalo, Mo. Jessica, her mother and older sister moved to Kansas in 1991 and were lucky enough to live across the street from her Uncle Leroy (Poppy) and Aunt Charlene (Rene) for years. Jessica developed a special bond with “Poppy” and “Aunt Rene” and enjoyed going to many exotic bird shows with them. She and her family received much love and support while her mother, Treasa Cave, finished college and worked.

She attended the Victory Christian Academy in Hutchinson, where she met and adopted Eric and Tammy Savage as second parents. She later moved with them to the Buffalo, Mo., area to finish school. She loved country music and country clothes, which included her pink cowboy boots. She loved to dance. Many adults who knew her thought of her as a daughter, and others of her age thought of her as a sister. She was well-liked by all who knew her. Even as a child Jessica wanted to be a wife and mother. Soon after she met Josh she said, “I found my cowboy!” She married Joshua Eidson on Aug. 24, 2008, and they had two beautiful sons from that union. Jessica adored family life and was a loving wife and mother.

Jessica is survived by her husband, Joshua; her two sons: Evan Joshua, 15 months, and Austin Dale, six weeks; her mother, Treasa Cave and older sister Sarah Cave; her three nephews: Malachi, age 4, Noah, 3, and Levi, 2; father and stepmother Mark and Faith Cave. Special mention: Leroy and Charlene Meyers, as well as Tammy and Eric Savage. Many thanks for the extra care and love you brought to her life. Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Eidson for providing a place for Jessica and family a place to stay for several months. There are more grandparents; aunts, uncles and cousins; and friends who will all truly miss her.

There will be a memorial to celebrate her life for family and friends in Hutchinson. This will be announced at a later date.

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 16, 2009#

Tejay Ross Collins 1983 - 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -Tejay Ross Collins, 26, of Albuquerque, formerly of Osborne, died June 4. He was born in Salina on April 15, 1983. He was a graduate of Osborne High School then continued his education at Fort Hays State University, Braunschweig University in Germany and the University of New Mexico.

Tejay was a member of the First Unitarian Church in Albuquerque, N.M.

Tejay is survived by his father, Jim Collins of the home; mother, Carmen Gerber of Hays, sister Shayna and Jack Richardson and nephew Seth Richardson, all of Albert. He was the grandson of the late Dennis and Elizabeth Collins of Osborne.

A graveside memorial service will at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Osborne Cemetery in conjunction with a memorial service at the same time at the First Unitarian Church in Albuquerque. Memorials may be made to the Tejay Collins Memorial Fund in care of Clark-Gashaw Mortuary, Osborne.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Hays Memorial Chapel*
20th and Pine
Hays, KS 67601
785-628-1009
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 16, 2009

E. Esther Schneider 1912 - 2009

E. Esther Schneider, 96, died June 14 at Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend. Born Oct. 16, 1912, at Galatia, she was the daughter of J. George and Anna Herrman Boxberger. She was baptized on Nov. 10, 1912, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Milberger and attended there until moving to Great Bend in 1965. She married Paul Schneider on Jan. 12, 1936, at Milberger. He died March 2, 2001. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from the family farm in Northern Barton County, she was a homemaker.

Mrs. Schneider was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend.

Survivors include two sons, Gerald Schneider and wife June and Donald L. Schneider and wife Betty, all of Great Bend; a daughter, Sheryl White and husband Leonard of Albert; eight grandchildren, Lynn Kern, James Schneider, Donnelle Weller, Lanett Franko, Deidra Rowley, Clifford White, Brandon White and Tracy McClure; 12 great-grandchildren; and four sisters-in-law: Alice Boxberger, Esther Boxberger, Doris Boxberger and Martha Eichman. She was preceded in death by five brothers: an infant, Jacob Boxberger; Fred Boxberger; Harvey Boxberger; Herbert Boxberger and Rueben Boxberger; and two sisters, Lydia Tittel and Elsie Nuss.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. James A. Strasen officiating. Burial will be at the Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m., at Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend. Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Lutheran Church 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, June 16, 2009

Eldon L. Keeler 1942 - 2009

Eldon L. Keeler, 66, died June 13 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita. Born Aug. 27, 1942, at Great Bend, he was the son of Claude Leo Keeler Sr. and Iva Mary Wetig Keeler. A resident of Great Bend since 1960, moving from Seward, he was a parts manager and outside salesman for Stewart and Stevenson, formerly Pamco. On Aug. 29, 1964, he married Edalea Spatz at Seward. He was a loving husband and a devoted father.

Mr. Keeler was a member of the Prince of Peace Parish at St. Rose in Great Bend and the Knights of Columbus in Seward. He was an avid golfer, gardener and hunter, never having idle time on his hands. He loved K-State athletics.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, Jason A. Keeler and Anthony A. “Tony” Keeler, both of Olathe; a daughter, Terri M. Keeler of Shawnee; seven brothers, Claude L. Keeler Jr., Donald R. Keeler, Charles F. Keeler, John A. Keeler and Larry D. Keeler, all of Great Bend, Marvin D. Keeler of Salina, and Ivan J. Keeler of Colorado City, Colo.; and two sisters, Connie M. Eilts and Marilyn T. Leuenberger Frank, both of Great Bend. He was preceded in death by a brother, Darrel Keeler.

Vigil service will be at 7 p.m. today with Knights of Columbus of Seward Rosary, at Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Great Bend with Father Reginald A. Urban officiating. Burial will be at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery in Seward. Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Harry Hynes Memorial 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, June 16, 2009

June 14, 2009

Shirley A. Jennings 1937 - 2009

BURDETT — Shirley A. Jennings, 72, died June 11 at Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend. She was born Jan. 16, 1937, at Great Bend, the daughter of Issac E. and Bertha Williams Miller. On May 8, 1956, she married Leon Jennings at her sister’s home in rural Burdett. He survives. A longtime resident of Burdett, she was a homemaker.

Mrs. Jennings attended the United Methodist Church and was active in United Methodist Women, both of Burdett. She also served on the Pawnee County Election Board and was very active in several community events in Burdett.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include one son, Craig and wife Linda of Abilene; two daughters, Dana McCreath and husband Alex of Maize and Debra McLaren and husband Sean of Hays; one brother, Gene Miller of Burdett; one sister, Cleo Dick of Burdett; and eight grandchildren, Anthony Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Nicholas Johnson, Felicia Johnson, Randi Jennings, Peter Jennings, Devon McCreath and Mason McCreath. She was preceded in death by one brother, Chet Miller, and one sister, Golda Miller.

Funeral Service will be at 10 a.m. on Monday at Morell Funeral Home, Larned, with Pastor Rich Zimmerman presiding. Burial will be in the Larned Cemetery. Friends may visit from noon until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Burdett Emergency medical Service in care of the funeral home. Personal condolences may be left at www. morellfuneralhomellc.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Morell Funeral Home LLC*
P.O. Box 124; 1021 Broadway
Larned, KS 67550-0124
(620) 285-2177
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 14, 2009

Carol L. Schrepel 1935 - 2009

HOISINGTON — Carol L. Schrepel, 74, died June 11 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. She was born March 4, 1935, at Larned, the daughter of Jay and Louise (Postlethwaite) Kimball.

Carol Louise Kimball married Leslie Charles Schrepel on Sept. 9, 1956, at Great Bend. He preceded her in death on Aug. 28, 2000. She was a graduate of Fort Hays State University and earned a master’s degree from Northwestern Oklahoma University. A resident of Hoisington for the past five, years moving from Ellinwood, she was a professional artist and worked for the Great Bend Tribune and Ellinwood Leader.

Mrs. Schrepel was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and American Legion Auxiliary, both of Ellinwood.

Survivors include three sons, Stephen Schrepel and wife Lynette, Hoisington, Terry Schrepel and wife Terri, Bueltton, Calif., and Mark Schrepel and wife Meleah, Goddard; a daughter, Vickie Bahr and husband, Bill, Broomfield, Colo.; a brother, Jay L. Kimball, Great Bend; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, with the Rev. Mark Lovett officiating. Burial will be at Lakin-Comanche District Cemetery, Ellinwood. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Woydziak Family and Hoisington Fire Dept. Scholarship, 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*
P.O. Box 146; 415 North Main
Hoisington, KS 67544
(620) 653-4165
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 14, 2009

Tejay Ross Collins 1983 - 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Tejay Ross Collins, 26, of Albuquerque, formerly of Osborne, died June 2. Tejay was born April 15, 1983, in Salina, to Jim and Carmen Collins. He was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Osborne. He was a 2002 graduate of Osborne High School and a 2006 graduate of Fort Hays State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in German. He studied German abroad in Germany during the 2003-2004 academic year.

Tejay was currently a student in the master’s of counseling program at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and was employed part-time as a UNM landscaper.

Mr. Collins was an active member of Chi Sigma Iota, Honor Society for Students, Professional Counselors and Counselor Educators.

He married Amy Reeves on July 16, 2005. Survivors include his father, Jim Collins of Osborne; his mother, Carmen Gerber of Hays; a sister, Shayna Richardson and husband Jack and their son Seth of Albert; his grandparents Bob and Orletta Gerber of Salina and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Dennis and Elizabeth Collins.

In high school Tejay participated in track, golf, cross country, basketball, church youth group, woodworking, skiing and music.

Tejay was a remarkable young man who expressed his thoughts best through journaling and storytelling. Among his friends and family he showed unwavering generosity and loyalty, spending countless hours in extended conversation and thoughtful discussions with them. Because of his love for the outdoors, Tejay spent his free time hiking, camping and bicycling.

His expertise in photography captured these adventures in beautiful calendar pictures that he shared with his family this past Christmas.

Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Osborne High School gymnasium, with his longtime friend, Pastor Brent Clayton, officiating. A special memorial service will be held in Albuquerque later this month. Memorials are suggested to the Tejay Collins Memorial Fund, in care of Hays Memorial Chapel, Hays.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Hays Memorial Chapel#
20th and Pine
Hays, KS 67601
785-628-1009
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 14, 2009

Lois Ann Mitchell 1934 - 2009

Lois Ann Mitchell, 75, of Great Bend, died June 13 at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. She was born Jan. 3, 1934, at Troy, N.Y., the daughter of Theodore J. and Jane M. Messier Rule. She married John H. Mitchell on June 5, 1955, at Green Island, N.Y. A resident of Great Bend since 1972, moving from Troy and Green Island, she worked in the housing department at CKMC, Great Bend, for 16 years.

Mrs. Mitchell was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Patrick and the Altar Society.

Survivors include her husband, of the home; two sons, Kenneth M. Mitchell and wife Lori, Great Bend, and Donald M. Mitchell and wife Debbi, Hoisington; daughter Denise Wassinger and husband Larry, Wamego; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Altar society rosary will be at 4 p.m. Monday at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend. Vigil service will follow at 6 p.m. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Father Floyd McKinney officiating. Interment will be at Great Bend Cemetery North. Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 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, June 14, 2009

John C. Princ 1937 - 2009

WILSON — John C. Princ, 71, died June 9 at Salina. He was born Oct. 28, 1937, at Wilson, the son of Helen M. Svoboda and Charles F. Princ. He married Barbara A. Hlaus on Feb. 3, 1962, at Wilson. A lifetime resident of Wilson, he was a farmer/stockman.

Mr. Princ was a member of the National Rifle Association.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; daughter Anita A. Princ and her fiance Mike Matthews, Salina; two sons, John W. Princ and wife Karm, Beloit, and Scott D. Princ and fiancee “Lynn” Gedailyn Vlacorza, Salina; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister Arlene Stroede in 2003.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Foster Mortuary Chapel in Wilson with Father David Metz officiating. Burial will be at the Wilson City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. today at the mortuary. Memorials are suggested to Saline County Dialysis Patient Association in Salina or St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Foster Mortuary Inc.*
P.O. Box 533; 610 24th St.
Wilson, KS 67490
(785) 658-2345
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 14, 2009

Viola M. Popp 1921 - 2009

CHASE — Viola M. Popp, 87, died June 12 at Lyons Good Samaritan Center. She was born July 11, 1921, at Victoria, the daughter of Joseph and Anna Hammerschmidt Kuhn. She married Theodor W. Popp on Nov. 28, 1949, at Stockton. A resident of Chase since 1957, she was a homemaker.

Mrs. Popp was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Lyons and the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Altar Society of Chase.

Survivors include her husband, of the home; two sons, Donald Popp and wife Cindy of Salem, Ill., and Mark Popp and wife Tonya of Wichita; three daughters, Ruth Miller and husband Don of Chase, Betty Fowler and husband Lee of Guymon, Okla., and Gladys Phelan and husband Mark of Holyrood; two sisters, Lorena Miller and husband Bob of Hays, and Almeda Stecklein of Great Bend; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Alfred and Edward Kuhn.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Birzer Funeral Home in Lyons, with Father Daniel Lorimer officiating. Burial will be at Lyons Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with parish rosary at 7 p.m. The casket will remain closed. Memorial donations are suggested to Hospice Care of Kansas.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Birzer Funeral Homes*
P.O. Box 89; 214 West Ave. South
Lyons, KS 67544
(620) 257-2211
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 14, 2009

Larry F. Trauer 1941 - 2009

DENVER, Colo. — Larry F. Trauer, 67, passed away June 7 at home in Denver. He was born at Great Bend on Aug. 23, 1941, the son of Freddie and Freda Trauer.

Larry is remembered by his loving wife Kathy, of the home; two sons, Terry of Boulder, Colo., and Freddie of Denver; one daughter, Patty Montoya and husband Marty of Denver; five grandchildren; his mother, Freda Trauer of Great Bend; a sister, Vicki Reimund and husband Jack of Bedford, Texas; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Freddie Trauer.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Fairview Baptist Church, 7881 Fairview Ave., Denver, CO 80221.

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 14, 2009#

June 12, 2009

Rufus H. Steinert

WICHITA — Rufus H. Steinert, 95, retired Foley Tractor parts manager, passed away June 10. Visitation with family present will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday, at Broadway Mortuary. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Fairview Township Cemetery, Galatia. He was a World War II veteran, enjoyed sports, was an active golfer well into his 80s, enjoyed playing cards, traveling and was an avid reader.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, LeNore; a daughter, Sheryl Browning and husband, Jim; a sister, Alvina Bangert; 2 stepgrandchildren and 3 stepgreat-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Memorials to the Fairview Township Cemetery. Send condolences at www.CozineMemorial.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Broadway Mortuary*
1147 S. Broadway at Lincoln
Wichita, KS 67211
316.262.3435
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 12, 2009

Carol Schrepel

HOISINGTON — Carol Schrepel, 74, of Hoisington, died June 11 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation, Great Bend. Service arrangements are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, and will be announced.

Shirley A. Jennings

BURDETT — Shirley A. Jennings, 72, died June 11 at Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Morell Funeral Home, Larned.

June 11, 2009

Jessica Celeste Eidson 1988 - 2009

BUFFALO, Mo. — Jessica Celeste Eidson was born Dec. 24, 1988, in Whitefish, Mont., the daughter of Mark Cave and Treasa Cave. She died May 15, 2009, where she was staying in a house south of Buffalo, Mo. Jessica, her mother and older sister moved to Kansas in 1991 and were lucky enough to live across the street from her Uncle Leroy (Poppy) and Aunt Charlene (Rene) for years. Jessica developed a special bond with “Poppy” and “Aunt Rene” and enjoyed going to many exotic bird shows with them. She and her family received much love and support while her mother, Treasa Cave, finished college and worked.

She attended the Victory Christian Academy in Hutchinson, where she met and adopted Eric and Tammy Savage as second parents. She later moved with them to the Buffalo, Mo., area to finish school. She loved country music and country clothes, which included her pink cowboy boots. She loved to dance. Many adults who knew her thought of her as a daughter, and others of her age thought of her as a sister. She was well-liked by all who knew her. Even as a child Jessica wanted to be a wife and mother. Soon after she met Josh she said, “I found my cowboy!” She married Joshua Eidson on Aug. 24, 2008, and they had two beautiful sons from that union. Jessica adored family life and was a loving wife and mother.

Jessica is survived by her husband, Joshua; her two sons: Evan Joshua, 15 months, and Austin Dale, six weeks; her mother, Treasa Cave and older sister Sarah Cave; her three nephews: Malachi, age 4, Noah, 3, and Levi, 2; father and stepmother Mark and Faith Cave. Special mention: Leroy and Charlene Meyers, as well as Tammy and Eric Savage. Many thanks for the extra care and love you brought to her life. Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Eidson for providing a place for Jessica and family a place to stay for several months. There are more grandparents; aunts, uncles and cousins; and friends who will all truly miss her.

There will be a memorial to celebrate her life for family and friends in Hutchinson. This will be announced at a later date.

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 11, 2009#

Tejay Ross Collins 1983 - 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Tejay Ross Collins, 26, of Albuquerque, formerly of Osborne, died June 2. Tejay was born April 15, 1983, in Salina, to Jim and Carmen Collins. He was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Osborne. He was a 2002 graduate of Osborne High School and a 2006 graduate of Fort Hays State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in German. He studied German abroad in Germany during the 2003-2004 academic year.

Tejay was currently a student in the master’s of counseling program at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and was employed part-time as a UNM landscaper.

Mr. Collins was an active member of Chi Sigma Iota, Honor Society for Students, Professional Counselors and Counselor Educators.

He married Amy Reeves on July 16, 2005. Survivors include his father, Jim Collins of Osborne; his mother, Carmen Gerber of Hays; a sister, Shayne Richardson and husband Jack and their son Seth of Albert; his grandparents Bob and Orletta Gerber of Salina and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Dennis and Elizabeth Collins.

In high school Tejay participated in track, golf, cross country, basketball, church youth group, woodworking, skiing and music.

Tejay was a remarkable young man who expressed his thoughts best through journaling and storytelling. Among his friends and family he showed unwavering generosity and loyalty, spending countless hours in extended conversation and thoughtful discussions with them. Because of his love for the outdoors, Tejay spent his free time hiking, camping and bicycling.

His expertise in photography captured these adventures in beautiful calendar pictures that he shared with his family this past Christmas.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Osborne High School gymnasium, with his longtime friend, Pastor Brent Clayton, officiating. A special memorial service will be held in Albuquerque later this month. Memorials are suggested to the Tejay Collins Memorial Fund, in care of Hays Memorial Chapel, Hays.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Hays Memorial Chapel*
20th and Pine
Hays, KS 67601
785-628-1009
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 11, 2009

June 10, 2009

No Deaths Reported

June 9, 2009

Ronald Benjamin Holtby 1938 - 2009

SHREVEPORT, La. — Ronald Benjamin Holtby was born June 22, 1938, in Lyons. He was a member of Broadmoor United Methodist Church of Shreveport and the Elks Lodge No. 122.

Mr. Holtby proudly served in the U. S. Coast Guard and the Navy Reserves. Mr. Holtby worked in the oil and gas industry most of his life. He started in the oil business in Great Bend in 1961 and worked with AMF Tuboscope in Sales and Management in the 1970s, moving from Kansas to Oklahoma, Texas and then to Louisiana. Mr. Holtby worked for Tuboscope in Shreveport, La., in the 1980s and became vice president for Arnold Pipe and Supply Company Ltd.

In 1984, Mr. Holtby started his own company, Holtby Enterprises Ltd., and just celebrated 25 years of doing business in the Ark-La-Tex area. He also owned and operated Blackco Wellhead Inc., selling oilfield products for more than 20 years.

Ron is remembered by his loving wife Kay Holtby and his children: daughter Brenda Smith and husband John H. Smith; son, Scott Holtby; daughter Tammy Flowers and husband Frank Flowers; and daughter Terri Holtby. He is also remembered by his 13 grandchildren: Joel, Sabrina, Bubba, Logan and Trent Smith, Justin and Samantha Holtby, Daniel, Wyatt, Kaylee and Allie Flowers, and Emily and Alicia Edwards.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Broadmoor United Methodist Church of Shreveport, La. Officiating will be the Rev. Mark Martin and the Rev. Conrad Edwards. Pallbearers will be his grandsons Bubba, Justin, Daniel, Wyatt, Logan and Trent. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association National Center, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Osborn Funeral Home*
3631 Southern Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71104
318-865-8426
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 9, 2009

Walter C. Bayer 1930 - 2009

KINGMAN — Walter C. Bayer, 78, died June 7 at Wheatlands Healthcare Center in Kingman. Born Sept. 12, 1930, at Willowdale, he was the son of William and Margaret Gehlen Bayer. A lifetime resident of Kingman County, he was a farmer,

Mr. Bayer was a member of the Catholic Church.

Survivors include four brothers, Daniel, Ralph, Herman and Leonard; four sisters, Sister Corona Bayer, Genevieve Klein, Joan Payne and Martina Young; eight nieces, 18 nephews; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers Marian and Harold Bayer, and an infant brother; and a sister Sister Camillius Bayer.

Parish rosary will be 8 p.m. today at the Livingston Funeral Home in Kingman. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Burial will be at the Walnut Hill Cemetery. Friends may call after 1 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the St. Patrick Church Building Fund.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Livingston Funeral Home
1830 N. Main
Kingman, KS. 67068
620-532-3322
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June, 9, 2009

June 7, 2009

Bobbie Everett Denton 1928 - 2009

PONCA CITY, Okla. — Bobbie Everett Denton, resident of Ponca City, passed away June 4 at the Ponca City Medical Center. He was 80. Bobbie was born the son of Earl Brandon Denton and Bertha Kitchel Denton on Nov. 17, 1928, in Shidler, Okla. He attended Shidler Public Schools as well as Shidler Methodist Church. Bobbie enlisted in the Regular Army on April 2, 1948, and proudly served his country until his honorable discharge on March 19, 1952. He spent three years, three months and 29 days of foreign service during the Korean War.
Bobbie worked in the trucking industry for 34 years and for 20 of the 34-year span he was a Teamster member. Bobbie married Donna Jene Bullen on Dec. 28, 1971, in Oklahoma City, Okla. After his retirement in 1986, the couple made their home in Ponca City, Okla.
He is survived by his loving wife, Donna of the home; children, Bobby Crow of Bushton, Jay Denton of Great Bend, Jeff Denton of Chester Springs, Pa., Ronna Whetzel and Robert Denton, both of Ponca City, Okla., and Steven Denton of Fairfax, Okla.; brother, Joe Denton of Altus, Okla.; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Vester Denton, and one sister, Ruth Denton.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Grace Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Rick Hughes of Victory Worship Center officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery. Casket bearers for the service will be Jaccob Denton, Freeman Shuart, Bobby Denton, Kyler Farris, Howard Whetzel, Daniel Robertson, Kenny Berg and Troy Lawson. Honorary casket bearers will be Justin Denton and Blaine Denton. Online condolences can be made at www.gracememorialchapel.net.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Grace Memorial Chapel*
2016 N. 14th
Ponca City, OK 74601
580-762-2464
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 7, 2009

Lorene Lucille Hackerott 1922 - 2009

Lorena Lucille Hackerott, 86, of Great Bend, died June 5 at Hospice House of Reno County, Hutchinson. She was born Sept. 17, 1922, at Natoma, the daughter of Otto G. and Mabel Pruter Pfortmiller. She married Auldin H. Hackerott on Sept. 20, 1942, at Natoma. He died on Nov. 18, 1995. She was a homemaker and caregiver for shut-ins and a companion for more than 12 years for the Retired Senior Volunteers Program. She was a resident of Natoma for 20 years, Plainville for three years, and of Great Bend since 1961.
Mrs. Hackerott was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Great Bend, where she sang in the choir, a Sunday school teacher and Mid-week teacher, and helped in the church kitchen for many years.
Survivors include one son, Robert Hackerott, and his wife Donna, of Keene, N.H.; two daughters, Alice Tritsch and husband Walter of Hutchinson and Phyllis Bittel and husband Don of Palm City, Fla.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Lorena was preceded in death by an infant son, Phillip Hackerott, and two brothers, Dean Pfortmiller and Harold Pfortmiller.
Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Great Bend, with the Rev. James A. Strasen officiant. Interment will be at the Natoma Cemetery, Natoma. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend. Donations are suggested to memorial funds for the church or for Hospice House of Reno County, 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, June 7, 2009

Marjorie Keller 1918 - 2009

Marjorie Keller, 90, of Great Bend, died June 5 at Great Bend Health & Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. She was born Aug. 5, 1918, in Stafford County, the daughter of Wilbert William and Ella Josephine “Josie” Sims Dewey. She married Vincent Keller on April 3, 1937, in Wellington. He died in 1980. She was the former assistant manager of the Walnut Bowl, Great Bend.
Mrs. Keller was a member of First Christian Church, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Ladies Bowling Association and Kansas State Women’s Bowling Association, where she held several offices.
Marjorie enjoyed any and all card games, fishing and of course bowling!
Survivors include one brother, Wayne Dewey of Grand Junction, Colo.; two sisters, Gladys Miller of Ellinwood and Marie Rogers of Great Bend. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Byron Lee Keller; two brothers, Devon Dewey and Harold Dewey, and one sister, Venita Newlin.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at First Christian Church, Great Bend, with the Rev. William F. Johnson officiant. Interment will be at the Great Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today at Bryant Funeral Home. Memorial donations are suggested to a fun for the First Christian Church Building Fund 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, June 7, 2009

Helen P. Wisener 1924 - 2009

LARNED — Helen P. Wisener, 84, died June 1 at Larned Healthcare Center, Larned. She was born July 7, 1924, at Santa Barbara, Calif., the daughter of Joseph and Marie Meier Platz. She married Frank Wisener at Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1980. He died in 2000. A resident of Larned and Garfield since 2000, she was a retired factory worker and homemaker.
Mrs. Wisener was of the Catholic faith.
Survivors include one son, Rick Hirschmiller and wife Sharon, of Garfield; one brother, Lawrence Platz of Auburn, Calif., and one grandson, Josh Hirschmiller of San Diego, Calif. She was preceded in death by one son, Ray Hirschmiller.
A memorial service will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 19, at Larned Healthcare Center. Cremation took place. Memorials may be sent to Larned Healthcare Center or to the Pawnee County Humane Society in care of Morell Funeral Home, Larned. Personal condolences may be left at www.morellfuneralhomellc.com.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Morell Funeral Home*
1021 Broadway/P.O. Box 124
Larned, KS 67550
620-285-2177
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 7, 2009

Donald “Kirk” Williams 1957 - 2009

WICHITA — Donald “Kirk” Williams, 52, died peacefully on June 1 after a six-year battle with leukemia. Kirk was born in Wichita on May 12, 1957, to William Dudley and Mary Virginia Williams. He attended Wichita Southeast High School and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in business. Upon graduation, Kirk began his 28-year career with Bank of America as a financial planner.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Karen (Moeder); daughters, Lauren and Kacey; parents, Dudley and Mary of Wichita; sisters, Marilyn Lindsey of Liberty, Mo., and Carol Meyer of Kansas City, Kan.; and nine nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Downing & Lahey Mortuary West Chapel, 10515 West Maple in Wichita. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Kirk Williams Children’s Fund, c/o Bank of America, P.O. Box 4, Wichita, KS 67202 (or dropped off at any Bank of America location) or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 300 N. Main, Suite 300, Wichita, KS 67202. Tributes may be sent to the family via www.dlwichita.com.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Downing and Lahey Mortuary West*
6555 East Central
Wichita, KS 67206
316-773-4553
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 7, 2009

June 5, 2009

Donald “Kirk” Williams 1957 - 2009

WICHITA — Donald “Kirk” Williams, 52, died peacefully on June 1 after a six-year battle with leukemia. Kirk was born in Wichita on May 12, 1957, to William Dudley and Mary Virginia Williams. He attended Wichita Southeast High School and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in business. Upon graduation, Kirk began his 28-year career with Bank of America as a financial planner.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Karen (Moeder); daughters, Lauren and Kacey; parents, Dudley and Mary of Wichita; sisters, Marilyn Lindsey of Liberty, Mo., and Carol Meyer of Kansas City, Kan.; and nine nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Downing & Lahey Mortuary West Chapel, 10515 West Maple in Wichita. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Kirk Williams Children’s Fund, c/o Bank of America, P.O. Box 4, Wichita, KS 67202 (or dropped off at any Bank of America location) or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 300 N. Main, Suite 300, Wichita, KS 67202. Tributes may be sent to the family via www.dlwichita.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Downing and Lahey Mortuary West*
6555 East Central
Wichita, KS 67206
316-773-4553
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 5, 2009

Janet Louise Watts 1933 - 2009

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Janet Louise Walts, 75, of Fort Collins, passed away June . Janet was born on July 11, 1933, in Great Bend, to Paul and Genevieve Suellentrop. Janet graduated from St. Rose School of Nursing in Great Bend in 1953. Janet was a longtime resident of Fort Collins and worked in the area as a registered nurse for Dr. A.S. Rumley, Dr. James Hoffman, Sr., Shores Family Practice and Big Thompson Family Practice.

Mrs. Walts was a longtime member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Janet had a great sense of humor and was very compassionate and caring to her family, friends and patients. She will be greatly missed by them and her cat, Missy.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Fred. She is survived by her four sons and their families, Allan (Marsha), David (Heidi) and son Nicholas, Patric (Stefanie) and children Alyssa and Derric, and Michael (Grace)and children Sam, Benjamin and Elizabeth; two stepsons and their families, Donald (Anita) and children Angela, Michael and Donnie, and Steven (Kathleen) and child Delaney.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Allnutt Drake Chapel, Fort Collins. Recitation of the Rosary will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fort Collins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Animal House Rescue (No Kill Animal Shelter) in care of Allnutt Funeral Service. Please visit www.allnutt.com to view Janet’s online obituary, sign the family guest book and send condolences.

Funral arrangements provided by
Allnutt Funeral Service*
650 W. Drake Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526
970-482-3208
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 5, 2009

June 4, 2009

Oswald “Ossie” Schremmer 1917 - 2009

HOISINGTON — Oswald “Ossie” Schremmer, 92, died June 2 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. He was born April 3, 1917, at Redwing, the son of Alois Schremmer, Sr., and Caroline (Frenzel) Schremmer. He married Hazel T. Driscoll on July 21, 1941, at Dubuque. She survives. He was an oilfield pumper for Hinkle Oil Co., retiring in 1993 after 43 years of service. He was a resident of Hoisington since 1955, moving from Susank. A World War II veteran, he served in the 8th Air Force Division in England from 1942 to 1945.

Mr. Schremmer was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, a life member of VFW Post No. 7428 and a member of American Legion Post No. 286, all of Hoisington.

He enjoyed baseball, playing horseshoes and cards, and playing with his grandkids and great-grandkids.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, of the home, include a son, Virgil Schremmer and his wife, Pat, of Hutchinson; two daughters, Miriam Wilborn and her husband, Keith, and Marcia Schremmer, all of Hoisington; a brother, John Schremmer of Gorham; four grandchildren, Brian Wilborn and wife Cindy, Krista Brewer and husband Ben, Kari Bloomer and husband Chad and Lisa Pickering and husband Darrin; and great-grandchildren, Hannah, Madison and Nolan Wilborn, Avery and Livvy Brewer, Chandler, Chase and Boston Bloomer, Tyler and Trammer McGuire and Taylor Pickering. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Alois Schremmer, Jr., and Albert Schremmer, two sisters, Sister Miriam (Mary) Schremmer and Loretta “Sis” Maxiner, and a grandson, Michael Shawn Schremmer.

A special vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Hoisington, with Father Bob Schremmer and Father Dwight Birket celebrants. Burial will be at St. John Cemetery, Hoisington, with military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post No. 7428 and American Legion Post No. 286. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the church, or to Kans for Kids, 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/Box 146
Hoisington, KS 67544
620-653-4165
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 4, 2009

Ruth A. Fleming 1920 - 2009

Ruth A. Fleming, 89, of Great Bend, died June 3 at River Bend Assisted Living, Great Bend. She was born March 15, 1920, at Council Bluffs, Iowa, the daughter of Guy Ora and Anna Hazel Prather Kiger. A former waitress, she was a resident of Great Bend for 26 years, coming from Colorado Springs, Colo.

She was a member of Foundry Methodist Church, Great Bend.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen Marcum of Great Bend and Sandin Garner-Hunter and husband Brian Hunter of Garden Valley, Calif.; one sister, Rosemary Jeannette Welch of Bellevue, Neb.; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, David Marcum; five brothers, John Carroll, Guy Francis, Arvel Clinton, Thomas Lowry and Robert Quentin Kiger, and four sisters, BettyAnne Kiger, Helen Juanita Novak, Audrey Katherine Cook and Jacqueline Lee Kiger.

Her body has been bequeathed to the University of Kansas School of Medicine. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations are suggested for Foundry Methodist Church, Great Bend, or Hospice Care of Kansas, Hoisington. 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, June 4, 2009

Emil Leonard “Johnny” Schrott 1921 - 2009

Emil Leonard “Johnny” Schrott, 88, died June 2 at his Great Bend residence. Born April 20, 1921, at Nekoma, he was the son of Edward and Mary Agnes Schinzel Schrott. He married Prima Faye Jennings on Sept. 16, 1956, at the Church of God in Great Bend. She died on Oct. 21, 1990. He was the owner/operator of Schrott Auto Repair, Great Bend, for 50 years, retiring in 1990. He was a resident of Great Bend since 1956, coming from Nekoma. While in Nekoma, he owned and operated his mechanic shop as well as working on the family farm.

Mr. Schrott was of the Baptist faith. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge No. 646 and the Elks No. 1127, both of Great Bend.

Survivors include a special friend, Lillian Hoffaus and her family of Great Bend; three nieces, Joyce Wittman of Meade, Charlotte Wagner of Hutchinson and Sharon Schneider of Eden Prairie, Minn.; three nephews, Dwight Freuler of Hutchinson, Craig Schrott of New York and Brad Schrott of Federal Way, Wash.; one stepgrandchild, Melissa Furlow, and three stepgreat-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a stepson, Roger Bourland; three brothers, Joseph, Frank and Adolph Schrott; three sisters, Adolphine Freuler, Marie Schrott and Hilda Schrott; two nephews, Buddie Schrott and Charles Schrott, and a great-nephew, Mark Schrott.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend, with the Rev. Dick Ogle officiant. Interment will be at Great Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the family to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Donations are suggested to a memorial fund for the Barton Community College Foundation to benefit the Automotive Department or to the Golden Belt Humane Society, 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, June 4, 2009

June 3, 2009

Geraldene Driscoll 1925 - 2009

ELLINWOOD — Geraldene Driscoll, 83, died June 1 at Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend. Born Sept. 1, 1925, in Spring Valley, Ark., she was the daughter of Martin Savage and Olive Cook. A resident of the Wilson area most of her life, she was a homemaker. She married Bud Driscoll in 1961 in Wilson.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Jane Schreiber of Beaver; two brothers, Karl Savage of Russell and Kenneth Savage of Hays; three stepgrandchildren and a stepgrandson. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Earlin Schneider, in 1954; her second husband, Bud Driscoll, in 1997; and two sons, Johnny Lee and Gary Lynn.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Foster Mortuary Chapel in Wilson with the Rev. Wagner officiating. Burial will be at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery. Friends may visit from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary. Memorials are suggested to the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery Fund.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Foster Mortuary, Inc.
610 24th Street
Wilson, KS
785-658-2345
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 3, 2009

Oswald “Ossie” Schremmer

HOISINGTON — Oswald “Ossie” Schremmer, 92, died June 2 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Service arrangements are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, and will be announced.

June 2, 2009

Joseph D. “Joe” Wimmer 1922 - 2009

HOLYROOD — Joseph D. “Joe” Wimmer, 86, died May 30 at Promise Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. He was born Nov. 11, 1922, in Moscow, Kan., to William Pearl and Maggie Wimmer. He was a house mover and an oil-field laborer and farmer. He was an Army Veteran of World War II, serving from 1943 to 1945. On Aug. 6, 1943, he married Doris M. Nienke in Hutchinson. She preceded him in death on Jan. 21, 2009.

Mr. Wimmer belonged to the Holyrood American Legion for 63 years.

Survivors include his sons, Roy and wife Ann of Eudora, Randy of Holyrood, and Daniel and wife Janie of Garden City; and his daughter, Linda Togersen and husband Joe of Stafford; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Also preceding him in death were a grandson, Trent Wimmer, eight sisters and two brothers.

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

Funeral arrangements provided by
Parsons Funeral Home*
P.O. Box 45
Ellsworth, KS 67439
785-472-3861
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 2, 2009

Terry K. Dalton 1949 - 2009

OTIS — Terry K. Dalton, 59, died May 30 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. He was born Sept. 9, 1949, at Abilene, the son of Harold and Mary (Johnson) Dalton. He married Debbie Crotinger on June 26, 1971, at Timken. He was a machinist at GBI in Great Bend. He was a lifetime Otis-Bison-area resident. He was a U.S. Army veteran, stationed in Germany during peacetime. He enjoyed the outdoors and hunting.

Survivors include his wife, Debbie, of the home; a son, Brian Dalton and his wife Amy of Great Bend; a daughter, Tonya Dalton of Great Bend; his parents, of Bison; three brothers, Jerry Dalton and his wife Rhonda of Wichita, Jim Dalton of Great Bend and Robert Dalton and his wife Mary of Bison; three sisters, Connie Wharton and her husband Lyle of Great Bend, Lonnie Call of Arlington and Norma Gisick and her husband Robert of Hutchinson; his mother-in-law, Olga Crotinger of Bison; and four grandchildren, Lakyn Dalton, Hunter Dalton, Kelsi Dalton and Garrett Dalton. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Arthur Crotinger.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Community Church, Great Bend, with Pastor Jay Beuoy officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Barton County, with flag presentation and playing of “Taps” by VFW Post No. 7428 and American Legion Post No. 286. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington, and from 9:30 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Terry K. Dalton Memorial Fund. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.nicholsonrickefh.net.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home*
415 North Main/Box 146
Hoisington, KS 67544
620-653-4165
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 2, 2009

John W. Scheuerman

POLK CITY, Fla. — John W. Scheuerman, 77, died May 14.

Mr. Scheuerman was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. He was retired from the United States Navy and a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was also a member of the American Legion, J.F. Swartsel Masonic Lodge No. 251 of Lutz, Fla., Scottish Rites and the Smart Club.

Survivors include his wife, Mary “Mikie” Scheuerman of Polk City, Fla.; sons, Joel Scheuerman of Kansas, and Michael Finotti and Alton James, both of Florida; daughters, Kimberley Ringwald of Kansas, Tere Scheuerman of California and Joni Cribelar of Florida; brothers, Robert Scheuerman of Montreal, Quebec, and Leonard Scheuerman of Kansas; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Hazel; and sister, Delores Scheuerman.

Funeral service was on May 18 at the Shiloh Baptist Church with the Rev. Joel Bowels officiating. Interment followed at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 2, 2009

Beth Marie Thompson Edmonds 1925 - 2009

TOPEKA — Beth Marie Thompson Edmonds, 84, of Topeka, passed away May 31. She was born March 28, 1925, in Lost Springs, the daughter of Earnest Daryl and Marie Reeser Thompson. She graduated from Lost Springs High School in 1942, and from Warrensburg State College, Warrensburg, Mo., in 1946.

She married Leland R. Edmonds on Dec. 25, 1947, at Lost Springs. He preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 1975, after 27 years of marriage.

Mrs. Edmonds taught school in Oskaloosa, Lost Springs, Lawrence, Wichita and Topeka, and in Albuquerque, N.M. She retired from USD 501 in Topeka in 1986. She was a devoted wife, sister, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by one sister, Thelma Ruth Thompson Dekle, four children, John Thompson Edmonds of Great Bend, Carol Beth Edmonds of Topeka, Ann Marie Edmonds Bartos of Naperville, Ill., and David Lee Edmonds of Topeka; five grandchildren, Katherine Alma Edmonds of Topeka, Jennifer Elizabeth Bartos of Naperville, Ill., Sarah Katherine Bartos of Naperville, Mitchell Ochree Edmonds of Topeka and Reese Leland Edmonds of Topeka, and two great-granddaughters, Claire Adelaide Edmonds and Elise Madeline Edmonds. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. Edmonds will lie in state from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel, Topeka. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Topeka. Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Lost Spring Cemetery in Lost Springs. Memorials are suggested to the Trinity Presbyterian Church Choir, 4746 SW 21st St., Topeka, KS 66604. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabel.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel*
1321 SW 10th St.
Topeka, KS 66604
(785) 354-8558
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 2, 2009

Raymond G. “Ray” Kern 1922 - 2009

HUTCHINSON — Raymond G. “Ray” Kern, 86, died May 28 at his home in Hutchinson. Born July 21, 1922, in Great Bend, he was the son of Lambert J. and Elizabeth Hall Kern. He was a 1941 graduate of St. Teresa High School.

He married Norma J. Ford on June 12, 1943, at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church in Hutchinson.

He was a route salesman for Producers Dairy and retired after 30 years with AMPI. He was self-employed as a landlord for 20 years. He was an avid gardener and woodworker.

Mr. Kern served in the Merchant Marines from 1944 to 1946. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus No. 612 and the American Legion Lysle Rishel Post No. 68.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Jerry and wife Nance of Trenton, Ohio, and Ron of Hutchinson; five daughters, Barbara Pearson and husband James of Stockton, Mo., Linda Swank and Mary Beth Hartwell, both of Austin, Texas, Pat Banker and husband Sam of Ozawkie, and Connie Kimpler and husband Robert of Wichita; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Gene, Harold and an infant brother; and two sisters, Margaret Evans and Irene Schawe.

Parish Rosary will be at 9:30 a.m. today at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. today at the church with Father Joseph Eckberg officiating. Burial will be at the Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Hospice Care of Kansas. Personal condolences may be sent to www.elliottmortuary.com.

Funeral arrangements provided by
Elliott Mortuary and Crematory*
1219 N. Main
Hutchinson, KS 67501
620-663-3327
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 2, 2009

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