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Marvin Dean "Porky" Holopirek 1931-2017

LA CROSSE - Marvin Dean "Porky" Holopirek, 85, died April 18, 2017, at Locust Grove Village in La Crosse. Born Dec. 30, 1931, in Timken, he was the son of Ralph G. and Blanche J. (Smrcka) Holopirek. On Sept. 22, 1953, he married Evelyn J. Feldman at the United Methodist Church in Nekoma. She preceded him in death August 22, 2011. A lifelong resident of Rush County, he owned and operated Holopirek Wrecker & Trenching Service. The last 20 years before his retirement, he was a farmer/rancher.

April 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Katherine Jean Bean Thacker 1972 - 2017

RUSSELL - Katherine Jean Bean Thacker, 44, passed away April 17, 2017 at her residence in Russell, after a year long battle with cancer. Born May 26, 1972, in Russell, she was the daughter of Ray and Ann Bean. She was a lifetime resident of Russell.

April 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Marvin Dean “Porky” Holopir

LACROSSE - Marvin Dean "Porky" Holopirek passed away April 18, 2017.

April 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Barbara Marie Tucker McKinzie 1941 - 2017

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Barbara Marie Tucker McKinzie died peacefully in Pensacola, Fla., on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, surrounded by the love of her three daughters, Marie Smith, Alice McKinzie, and Kaye McKinzie. She was born on Feb. 12, 1941, to Melvin and Ellen Tucker in Los Angeles, Calif.

April 19, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Laura ‘Lou’ Sparkman 1924 - 2017

SOUTH HUTCHINSON - Laura "Lou" Sparkman, 92, beloved wife, mom, and teacher, died April 14, 2017, of natural causes at the Mennonite Friendship Community in South Hutchinson.

April 18, 2017 | Shonita Swank | Obituaries


Juanita A. Schaffer 1932 - 2017

LACROSSE - Juanita A. Schaffer, 85, died April 14, 2017, at Cherry Village in Great Bend. Born Feb. 5, 1932, in Pfeifer, she was the daughter of Stephen S. and Pauline (Dater) Urban. On May 11, 1949, she married Michael C. Schaffer at Holy Cross Church in Pfeifer. He preceded her in death March 22, 2013. A lifelong resident of Rush County she was a homemaker and farm wife.

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


George W. Bolz 1921 - 2017

BUSHTON - George W. Bolz, 95, passed away April 14, 2017, in Ellinwood. Born May 16, 1921, in Centerville, N.M., he was the son of George H. and Luella May (Campbell) Bolz. Living in Bushton since 1960, he was a supervisor at nearby Enron Gas. On April 23, 196, he married Donna Kirk in New Mexico. She survives.

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Betty Lou (Detter-Fink) Corcoran 1925 - 2017

HOISINGTON - Betty Lou (Detter- Fink) Corcoran, 92, died April 15, 2017, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. Born Jan. 13, 1925, in El Dorado, she was the daughter of Lillie P. Varble and Walter Detter and the late Michael D. Fink. On April 23, 1948, she was united in marriage to Robert "Bob" Corcoran at Kansas City, Mo. He preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 1994. A longtime Hoisington resident, Betty was a beautician, owning The Magic Mirror, which she ran out of her home and was an owner of the 2nd Street Depot for a short time.

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Myrl E. Munz 1925 - 2017

HUDSON - Myrl Eddingfield Munz, 91, died April 7, 2017 , at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. She was born on Aug. 1, 1925, in Great Bend.

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Dorothy Lucy Riddle 1931 - 2017

PAWNEE ROCK - Dorothy Lucy Riddle, 85, died April 16, 2017, at Cedar Village Long Term Care in Ness City. Born June 16, 1931, at Offerle, she was the daughter of William and Lucy (Demain) Wetzel. On Sept. 11, 1950, she married Clifford Barton Riddle at Woodward, Okla. He died Nov. 14, 2000. A Pawnee Rock resident since 1964, she was a cook for Larned State Hospital, St. Joseph Memorial Hospital and Harvest Inn, where she retired.

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Cleo F. Petz 1942-2017

Cleo F. Petz, 74, died April 16, 2017, at Wilson Care and Rehabilitation, Wilson. He was born Aug. 1, 1942, at Great Bend, the son of Frank N. and Vera G. (Holloway) Petz. He was a Sunflower Diversified Services client.

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Jo Ann Winkler 1939-2017

Jo Ann Winkler, 78, died April 17, 2017, at Trego Manor, WaKeeney. She was born March 19, 1939, at Great Bend, the daughter of Bernard and Laura (Doll) Oberle. She married Wilbur Winkler Aug. 22, 1964 at Claflin. They later divorced. A Great Bend resident since 1987, coming from Dodge City, Mrs. Winkler was a teacher for more than 20 years in the Diocese of Dodge City Catholic Schools.

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


John H. Helfrich 1942-2017

John H. Helfrich, 74, passed away April 13, 2017 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. He was born Aug. 1, 1942 to Anthony G. Sr., and Rita M. Helfrich of Ellinwood. John attended Ellinwood High School and played football. He worked in the oil field and drove an over-the-road truck. He loved drag racing and was a great artist. He was lifetime Great Bend area resident where he attended St. Rose Catholic Church.

April 17, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Wilma Jean Schuster 1930 - 2017

Wilma Jean Schuster, 86, died March 11, 2017, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born June 20, 1930, at St. John, she was the daughter of John William and Reno (Kanzleiter) Hathaway. On June 20, 1948, she married Billy Eugene Schuster at Great Bend. She has been a resident of Great Bend since 1948, coming from St. John. She was a clerk for Coast to Coast, ABC Drug and Triangle Drug Store. She enjoyed genealogy.

April 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Dennis D. Messick 1950 - 2017

HUTCHINSON - Dennis D. Messick, 66, passed away on April 11, 2017, at Diversicare of Hutchinson. Born on Oct. 22, 1950, in Sterling, he was the son of Orie and Mary Lois (Ruddell) Messick. On Dec. 23, 1978, he married Kristin Stockstill of in Geneseo. He was a longtime Hutchinson resident formerly of Chase, Lyons, and Katy, Texas. He graduated from Emporia State and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

April 15, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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Vera Irene Burfield

Vera Irene Burfield, 94, died May 24, 2017, at Ellinwood District Hospital, Ellinwood. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend.

May 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Darrell Edward Keener 1936 - 2017

OLMITZ - Darrell Edward Keener, 81, died May 23, 2017, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. He was born Jan. 17, 1936, in Great Bend, the son ...

May 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Carolyn Hooper Roberts

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Carolyn Rose (Hooper) Roberts, 77, died Aug. 12, 2015, at her home in Oklahoma City.

May 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Coleen A. Murphy

GREAT BEND – Coleen A. Murphy, 78, died May 23, 2017 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend.

May 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Eugene ‘Jr.’ Wilson Jr. 1940 - 2017

SALINA - Eugene "Jr." Wilson Jr., 76, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

May 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Carole Kay Butler, 1944-2017

GREAT BEND - Carole Kay Butler, 72, died May 16, 2017, at Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend.

May 23, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Mildred Lorraine Harders, 94, died May 21, 2017, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Dec.

Mildred Lorraine Harders, 94, died May 21, 2017, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Dec. 30, 1922, in Barton County, the daughter of ...

May 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Leona D. Armatys 1919 - 2017

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Leona D. Armatys, 97, of rural Cedar Rapids, Neb., passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017, at her home north of Cedar Rapids ...

May 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Charles Robert Brown 1934 - 2017

Charles Robert Brown, 82, died May 20, 2017, at Comanche County Medical Center in Coldwater. He was born July 9, 1934, at Great Bend, the ...

May 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Eleanor Mary “Ellie” Pearson 1934 - 2017

Eleanor Mary "Ellie" Pearson, 82, died May 21, 2017, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She was born Aug. 22, 1934, at Clyde, N.Y., the ...

May 22, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Shirley Ann (Mawhirter) Aumiller 1938 - 2017

Shirley Ann (Mawhirter) Aumiller, 78, passed away May 19, 2017, at Hutchinson Hospice in Hutchinson. She was born on July 1, 1938, in Stafford, the ...

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Charles Robert Brown

Charles Robert Brown, 82, of Great Bend, died May 20, 2017, at Comanche County Medical Center in Coldwater. Services are pending with Bryant Funeral Home ...

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Dorotha (Dottie) Dailey Hershey 1921 - 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Dorotha Dailey Hershey (Dottie), 96, passed away April 28, 2017, at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C. Dottie was ...

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Mildred Fitzstephens 1923 - 2017

CASPER, Wyo. - Mildred Fitzstephens, 93, passed peacefully at Wyoming Medical Center the morning of May 9, 2017. She was born Mildred Caroline Beck to Fred ...

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Steven George Shaw 1957 - 2016

WALLAND, Texas - Steven George Shaw, 59, died Dec. 23, 2016, at his home. Graveside memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on ...

May 20, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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