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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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Gary Dale Miller 1949 - 2017

PALM DESERT, Calif. - Gary Dale Miller, 67, was born on Nov. 6, 1949, in Great Bend, and passed away on Oct. 25, 2017. He resided ...

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Emily A. (Henning) Ward 1931 - 2017

Emily A. Henning Ward, 86, died Nov. 9, 2017, at Great Bend. She was born Oct. 18, 1931, in Kingman County the daughter of John ...

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Curt L. Richards 1958-2017

RUSSELL - Curt L. Richards, 59, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at his home with his family by his side. Born Feb. 13, 1958 in ...

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Verna J. Riemann 1927-2017

BEAVER - Verna J. Riemann, 90, died Nov. 9, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society, Ellsworth. She was born Jan. 13, 1927, in Wilson, the daughter ...

November 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Darlene Marie Dean 1951 - 2017

Darlene Marie Dean, 66, died Nov. 8, 2017, at Hays Medical Center, Hays. She was born June 25, 1951 at Hays, to Aloysius and Cleopha ...

November 08, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Bobby Leon Gitgood 1952 - 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. - Bobby Leon Gitgood, 64, died on Sunday Nov. 5, 2017, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He was the son of Betty and Smokey Kramer ...

November 08, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Leota June Mettling, 1924-2017

LAKE JACKSON, Texas - Leota June Mettling, 93, of Lake Jackson, Texas, passed away Nov. 3, 2017 in the loving hands of her daughter Deanne and ...

November 07, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Lawrence Emil Demel 1931-2017

HOISINGTON - Lawrence Emil Demel, 85, died Nov. 5, 2017, at the Woodhaven Care Center, Ellinwood. He was born Nov. 24, 1931 at rural Redwing, to ...

November 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


James L. Philbern 1928 - 2017

James L. Philbern, 89, died Nov. 5, 2017, at home in Great Bend. He was born April 13, 1928 at Littleton, Colo., the son of ...

November 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Janet L. Deets 1955 - 2017

DODGE CITY - Janet L. Deets, 62, passed away Nov. 3, 2017, at her residence in Dodge City. She was born Jan. 25, 1955, in Larned ...

November 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Floy Leota “Lee” Webs 1931 - 2017

LACROSSE - Floy Leota "Lee" Webs, 86, died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Select Specialty Hospital in Wichita. Mrs. Webs was born May 8, 1931, in ...

November 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Gerald Frank Hamilton 1934 - 2017

HOISINGTON - Gerald Frank Hamilton, 83, died Nov. 3, 2017, at Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington. He was born July 24, 1934, in Moundridge, the son ...

November 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


Clarence ‘Butch’ Roland Johnson 1935-2017

PAWNEE ROCK - Clarence "Butch" Roland Johnson, Clarence "Butch" Roland Johnson, 82, of Pawnee Rock, passed away Oct. 31, 2017 in Via Christi Hospital, Wichita.

November 06, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Obituaries


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