LITTLETON, CO - Alan John Woydziak, 61, died June 28 at Swedish Medical Center, Denver, Colo. Born Nov. 18, 1952 at Great Bend, he was the son of Edwin and Elfrieda (Lang) Woydziak.
GREAT BEND -- Patrick Keenan, 79, of Great Bend, died June 28, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Aug. 14, 1934, in Great Bend, the son of Patrick and Mary Hall Keenan. On April 11, 1956, he married Dortha Willis at St. Rose Church in Great Bend. He attended grade school at St. Francis Xavier in Seward and graduated from Great Bend High school in 1952.
Jerry D. Sieker, 65, passed away in Great Bend on June 30. He was born on Jan. 17, 1949 in Great Bend, to Harry (Jr) and Wanda Sieker. He graduated from Ellinwood High School and attended Fort Hays State University. He was a lifelong resident of Barton County, making a living as a farmer and mechanic. Jerry was well known in the area for being one of the best mechanics around. He married Marcia (Doherty) Sieker on July 25, 1975 in Ellinwood and was a member of the Lutheran Church in Ellinwood. He is preceded in death by his father ...
HOISINGTON - Fredrick Julius "Fred" Bitter, 61, died June 30 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. He was born March 20, 1953 at Hoisington, the son of Harry and Irene (Deutsch) Bitter.
ATWOOD - Noel Arthur Lipton, 71, died June 29, at the Rawlins County Hospital. Born Sept. 9, 1942, in Seattle, Wash., he was the son of Fredrick and Francis (Kelly) Lipton. On Sept. 9, 1972, he married Betty Ruckman in Great Bend. He was a mechanic and proudly served in the United States Army.
LARNED - Milton H. Hiebert, 89, passed away July 1 at the Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned.
Opal B. Bethel, 95, died June 30 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. She was born July 9, 1918 at Ellinwood, the daughter of Francis Perry and Ida Leota (McCullough) Bryant.
GREAT BEND - Phyllis Fern Bates, 95, died June 27, 2014 at Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood.
GREAT BEND – Stephen Joseph Rychlec, 65, died June 27, 2014 at his home in Great Bend.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Kathryn (Kay) L. LaOrange, 81, passed peacefully at home in Palm Springs on Saturday, June 21, 2014 after a courageous 14-month battle with cancer.
GREAT BEND – Rufus P. Fimple, 93, died June 26, 2014 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.
GREAT BEND – Glen F. Ehrlich, 87, died June 27, 2014 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend.
OTIS - Richard L. "Monte" Landers, 83, died June 25 at home in Otis. He was born March 12, 1931, at Osawatomie, the son of John A. and Annie (Fouts) Landers. Monte married Marilyn Stewart Dec. 30, 1951, at Garnett. She died Feb. 9, 2010.
HOISINGTON - Virgil Earl Hogan, 89, died June 23 at Hospice House of Reno County in Hutchinson. Born April 25, 1925, in Hoisington, he was the son of Dennis and Elsie (Jones) Hogan. On June 25, 1946, he married Dolores Jean Lutschg in Hoisington. She died on May 18, 2011. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, living in Buhler since 2010, he was a roughneck for Woodman-Iannitti Drilling Company.
COLDWATER - Kay Ellen Shaffner, 80, passed away on June 24 at Western Plains Regional Medical Center in Dodge City. She was born on April 21, 1934, in Russell, to Gordon Shaffner and Ruth (Griffith) Shaffner. Kay was a resident of Pioneer Lodge in Coldwater. She began living in Pioneer Lodge in 1971. She was a part of Pioneer Lodges family for over 40 years.
Diana D. Reynolds, 66, died July 17, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born on Nov. 19, 1947, in Berkeley, W.V. She married David L. Reynolds. Diana was a caseworker.
Kenneth Harold Allen, 86, died July 31, at Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend. Born July 4, 1928, in Great Bend, he was the son of James Martin and Bertha (Piel) Allen. On April 28, 1952, he married Maude Evalene Russell in Salem, Ark. She died on Aug. 8, 2007. A lifetime resident of Great Bend he was a carpenter for Marlette Homes.
HUTCHINSON - Paul E. Campbell, 69, died July 7, at his home. Born Oct. 9, 1944, in Great Bend, he was the son of Emerson and Mildred Campbell.
Kenneth Harold Allen, 86, Great Bend, died July 31 at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
REDFORD, Mich. - Robert Lynn Humphrey, 71, died July 23 in Redford, Mich. Born May 18, 1943, in Great Bend, he was the son of Henry Ray and Lenora Caroline (Ochs) Humphrey. In 1961, he graduated from Hoisington High School and then attended Kansas State University. He eventually moved to Michigan where he worked for Nielsen TV Ratings and then for a trucking company until his retirement.
OLMITZ - Milton Alois Yarmer, 88, died July 25 at his home in Olmitz. Born May 17, 1926, at Russell County, he was the son of Frank Rudolph and Marie (Demel) Yarmer. Milton married Mary Agnes Gleissner May 26, 1948, at Olmitz. She died July 12, 2006.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Bradley K. Brann, 64, of Kansas City, Mo., passed suddenly on July 24. He was born Jan. 12, 1950, in Abilene, to Dorothy and Hilton Brann. He was a graduate of Great Bend High School and Fort Hays State University. He taught at Southeast Missouri University, followed by a career in sales and real estate.
HUTCHINSON - Mark A. Bomgardner, 51, of Hutchinson, went home to be with his Savior, July 27 at Reno County Hospice House. He may have lost his battle with cancer, but he conquered the grave when he accepted Christ as his savior. He was born May 31, 1963 in Joplin, MO, the son of Bob and Judy Allen Bomgardner. He was a 1981 graduate of Dodge City High School, and received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Fort Hays State University. He was a Hutchinson resident for the past 15 years moving from Great Bend.
SPEARVILLE - Susie Ackerman, 95, died July 26, at Presbyterian Manor of the Plains in Dodge City. Born March 7, 1919, in Pratt, she was the daughter of Michael and Alice Duncan Shanley. On Oct. 2, 1951, she married John F. Ackerman in Pratt. He preceded her in death on Jan. 17, 2003. An area resident since 1951, she was a homemaker.
Billy Wayne "Bill" Brack 1930 - 2014
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. - Anna Lee (Moody) Brack, 83, a resident of Mountain Home, Ark. passed away Saturday, July 26, at her residence.
SPRING HILL - Deena Kay Erb, 55, passed away July 27, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on Jan. 12, 1959, in Nevada, Mo. to Elton Eugene and Helen Nadine (Spencer) Anders. She grew up in Walker, Mo. and attended Walker High School then went on to receive her LPN license from Fort Scott Community College. On Feb. 10, 1979, she married Paul Gerard Erb in Nevada, Mo. They lived in Albert, then they moved to Bucklin, for 15 years and then to Spring Hill in 2009. She was an LPN for 35 years, working for Olathe ...
Lyle E. Schaben, 89, died July 26 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. He was born Aug. 27, 1924, at Bazine, the son of John and Verda (Ryersee) Schaben. Mr. Schaben was a graduate of Bazine High School. He married Nathalie J. Borger Feb. 15, 1947, at Bazine. She died June 22, 2012. Raised on the family farm, he began farming as a young man and he and Nathalie raised their family in the house built by Lyle's father. Lyle retired from farming when they moved to Great Bend in 2005, due to health reasons. Lyle also worked ...
WESTVILLE, Okla. - Wanza Lou McCrary was born Dec 11, 1931, in Morton, Texas, to James Olin and Pearl Dimple (Herndon) Willis, the eldest of three girls. She talked about growing up in the 1930s, about how hard times were, about nailing wet sheets to the windows during dust storms and the families dream of green pastures - then they moved here.
Jerry Mitchell Jones, 76, died July 24, at Hospice House of Reno County in Hutchinson. Born Dec. 13, 1937, in Hutchinson, he was the son of Ray and Marjorie (Swann) Jones. On March 12, 1958, he married Nelta Irene Simpson in Great Bend. She died on Dec. 3, 1997. A lifetime resident of Great Bend and Seward, he was the owner and operator of the J&J Cafe in Seward until 1997.