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Frances W. “Dovie” Cotton 1922 - 2017

Frances W. "Dovie" Cotton, 95, of Ellinwood, passed away on Thursday evening, Nov. 2, 2017, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center in Great Bend. Dovie was born on Jan. 2, 1922, in Ionia County, Michigan, to Harry and Cora (VanLeuvan) Riker, and grew up in the Portland, Michigan area. She was united in marriage to Ralph K. Cotton on Aug. 6, 1939, at Portland, Michigan, and the couple owned and operated bakeries for all of their working life. They moved to Deadwood, South Dakota, in 1961, and lived there for 11 years until moving to Ellinwood in February of ...

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Jerry J. Stoecklein 1932 - 2017

Jerry J. Stoecklein, 85, died Nov. 1, 2017, at his home in Great Bend. He was born in Ellinwood Sept. 19, 1932, the son of Alexander C. and Anna Margaret (Wolf) Stoecklein. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1952. Mr. Stoecklein was a United States Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict from 1953 through 1955. He married Merlyn L. Fischer Aug. 20, 1960, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Great Bend. She died July 7, 2015. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, Mr. Stoecklein retired from Central Kansas Utilities.

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Gerald Frank Hamilton

HOISINGTON - Gerald Frank Hamilton, 83, died Nov. 3, 2017, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. Services are pending and will be announced at a later date by Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Michael Orion Blackman 1980 - 2017

It is with great sadness that Michael Orion Blackman was called home, from Great Bend Regional Hospital, on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at the age of 36. Michael was born on Dec. 19, 1980, at St. Joseph Hospital, Wichita, to Priscilla (Woodward) and Wayne M. Blackman.

November 04, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Arlene L. Drake 1928 - 2017

Arlene L. Drake, 89, died Nov. 2, 2017, at her home in Great Bend. She was born April 13, 1928, at Ness City, the daughter of Clemens and Anna (Dinges) Riebel. She married Kenneth Marvin Drake Nov. 18, 1947, at Ness City. He died Nov. 21, 2007. A lifetime Great Bend resident, Mrs. Drake was a clerk at McCoy's Shoes.

November 03, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


John K. Habiger 1948 - 2017

BUSHTON - John K. Habiger, 69, passed away on Oct. 29, 2017, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. John was born in Great Bend on Sept. 6, 1948, the son of Paul and Anna (Heinz) Habiger. He was a graduate of Holy Name and Bushton High School. He earned a bachelor's degree at Fort Hays State University in 1970.

November 03, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Roland J. Strobel 1935 - 2017

SEWARD - Roland J. Strobel, 81, passed away on Thursday morning, Nov. 2, 2017, at Diversicare of Larned Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Roland was born on Dec. 29, 1935, on the family farm near Seward to George A. and Sadie Ann (Moore) Strobel. He lived and worked on the family farm until his mother passed away, after which he bought a home in Seward and lived there for the remainder of his life. Roland attended Hickman School in Stafford County to the 5th grade. He then went to St. Francis Xavier School and graduated from the 8th grade. He attended Radium ...

November 03, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Joseph Robert “Willy” Willesden Sr. 1944 - 2017

ORANGE GROVE, Texas - Joseph Robert "Willy" Willesden Sr., 73, died on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at his residence following an extended illness. He was born to Robert William and Lillian (Alger) Willesden on June 20, 1944, in Queens, N.Y. Willy, as he was known to his friends and family, served in the United States Navy. After serving in the Navy, he worked for many years in the oilfield and then worked for OxyChem as a Maintenance Supervisor.

November 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Gertrude Read 1929-2017

Gertrude Read, 89, passed away on Oct. 31 2017. She was born to George Henry and Frances Margaret (Stagner) Likes on Sept. 13 1928, in Emporia. Gertrude owned and operated Reads Retail Liquor in Great Bend for 33 years before retiring.

November 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


JuneAnna Marie Cruz-Gray 2005 - 2017

HUDSON - June-Anna Marie Cruz-Gray, 12, died Oct. 31, 2017, at Great Bend Regional Hospital, Great Bend. She was born May 13, 2005, at Great Bend, the daughter of Tabitha Gray. A Hudson resident for nine years, coming from Hoisington, JuneAnna was a seventh-grade student. She enjoyed tap dancing, animals and birds.

November 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Jerry J. Stoecklein

Jerry J. Stoecklein, 85, died Nov. 1, 2017, at his home in Great Bend. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.

November 02, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Clarissa “Mickey” Blessing 1932 - 2017

Clarissa "Mickey" Blessing, 85, died Oct. 28, 2017, at Country Place Living in Larned. Born July 5, 1932, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of Emil R. and Mary Therese (Kinzel) Zecha. Clarissa married William Robert "Bill" Blessing Aug. 25, 1951 ,at Russell. He died Feb. 13, 2002. A lifetime Barton County resident, she worked on the meat cutting line for Theis Packing Company and earlier worked as a seamstress for Marlette Homes. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, walking, coffee fellowship, and time with her family.

October 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Amy Louise Elmore 1922-2017

Larned - Amy Louise Elmore, 94, passed away Oct. 29, 2017 at Diversicare of Larned. She was born Nov. 20, 1922, in Pawnee Rock, the daughter of Charles B. and Anna Spreier Lewis. A lifetime area resident, she was a farmwife, teacher and a reading specialist in the Rozel-Burdett area.

October 30, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Kathy Williams 1953-2017

GREAT BEND - Kathy (Jenisch) Williams, 64, died Oct. 27, 2017, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. She was born Sept. 21, 1953, at Great Bend, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Finger) Jenisch. She married Tim Williams Oct. 8, 1996, at Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Odin and Great Bend, Mrs. Williams was a beautician at Total Concepts and a jewelry clerk at JCPenney until her retirement.

October 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Brenton Jay Weathers 1957 - 2017

Brenton Jay Weathers, 60, died Oct. 21, 2017, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. He was born March 21, 1957, at Larned, the son of James L. and Elaine (Bauer) Weathers. A lifetime Great Bend resident, Mr. Weathers worked in the oilfield.

October 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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Frances Ann Urban 1923 - 2017

Frances Ann Urban, 94, died Nov. 17, 2017, at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. She was born Jan. 30, 1923, at Liebenthal, the daughter ...

November 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Billy Eugene Schuster 1929 - 2017

ELLINWOOD - Billy Eugene Schuster, 88, passed away Nov. 15, 2017, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. He was born March 4, 1929, at Liberal, the son ...

November 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Merlin Grimes 1934 - 2017

Merlin Grimes, 83, died Nov. 17, 2017, at his home in Great Bend. He was born Sept. 22, 1934, in Osborne County, the son of ...

November 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Verlin Gene Bailey 1949-2017

Verlin Gene Bailey, 68, died Nov. 14, 2017, at Great Bend Health and Rehab Center. He was born Nov. 14, 1949, in Great Bend, the ...

November 18, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Mary Ann Schartz 1934 - 2017

LARNED - Mary Ann Schartz, 83, passed away Nov. 15, 2017, at Country Living of Larned. She was born June 25, 1934, in Larned, the daughter ...

November 16, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Billy Eugene Schuster

Billy Eugene Schuster, 88, Nov. 15, 2017, at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.

November 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Cynthia Ann Harnett-Dilker 1967 - 2017

HOISINGTON - Cynthia Ann Harnett-Dilker, 50, died Nov. 9, 2017, at her home in Hoisington. She was born May 9, 1967, in Elgin, Illinois, the daughter ...

November 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Randy Slack 1948 - 2017

Randy Slack, 69, died Nov. 13, 2017, at his home in Great Bend. He was born Feb. 26, 1948, the son of Ethmer Slack and ...

November 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Dorothy Alice Foos, 1932-2017

GREAT BEND - Dorothy Alice Foos, 85, died Nov. 13, 2017, at Diversicare of Larned.

November 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Rosine L. Parish, 1915-2017

GREAT BEND - Rosine L. Parish, 102, died Nov. 12, 2017, at Kenwood Plaza Assisted Living, St. John.

November 14, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Jane C. Hoff 1948-2017

CLAFLIN - Jane C. Hoff, 69, died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. She was born Feb. 8, 1948, in Coldwater, the ...

November 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Dorothy Alice Foos

GREAT BEND -- Dorothy Alice Foos, 85, Nov. 13, 2017, Diversicare of Larned, Larned. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.

November 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Rosine Lena Parish

GREAT BEND -- Rosine Lena Parish, 102, died Nov. 12, 2017, at Kenwood Plaza, St. John. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road ...

November 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Harvey Eugene Linn 1930-2017

ALBERT - Harvey Eugene Linn, 87, died Nov. 11, 2017, at Almost Home, Inc., Great Bend. He was born Jan. 22, 1930, in Tulsa, Okla., the ...

November 13, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Mildred Irene Pommerenke 1917 - 2017

LENEXA - Mildred Irene Pommerenke, 100, passed away quietly as she watched the sunset on her porch, Oct. 9, 2017, at Greenwood Terrace in Lenexa, where ...

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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