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Rotha Lee Brada
1915-2000
HUTCHINSON - Rotha Lee Brada, 84, died April 28 at Hutchinson Hospital. She
was born Nov. 30, 1915, in Larned, the daughter of William Franklin and
Beatrice S. Musselman Grenell. She married George Pryor Sept. 21, 1933. He
died. She married J. Duane Brada March 19, 1976 at Las Vegas, Nev. She was
a graduate of Larned High School and a Hutchinson resident since 1985,
having moved from Wichita. She also lived in Lyons, Larned, Great Bend and
Ellinwood.
Mrs. Brada was of the Protestant faith and a member of Women of the Moose,
Hutchinson Chapter No. 1371; and American Legion Auxiliary, Lysle Rishel
Post No. 68.
Survivors include her husband of the home; three daughters, Deidre Collier
of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Brenda Carpenter of Lansing and Vickie Befort
of Hutchinson; two stepsons, Dr. Don Brada of Wichita and Gayle Brada of
Lakeside, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by one son, William "Dub" Pryor; one brother, Rodney
Grenell; and one granddaughter.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Elliott Mortuary in Hutchinson
with the Rev. Kim Biery officiating. Burial will be at Larned Cemetery.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 5 -9 p.m. Monday at
the mortuary. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or
American Heart Association.

Martin L.J. Isern
1922-2000
ELLINWOOD - Martin L.J. Isern, 78, died April 28 at Central Kansas Medical
Center, St. Rose campus, in Great Bend. He was born April 23, 1922, at
rural Ellinwood, the son of Landry A. and Emma H. Manke Isern. He married
Florene Schmitt April 23, 1950, at Atchison. She died April 3, 1994, at
Ellinwood. He was an attorney who opened his law office in Ellinwood in
1952.
Isern was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Rotary Club and American
Legion, all of Ellinwood; and the Kansas Bar Association. He was a Marine
Corps and U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Survivors include three sons, John Isern of Ellinwood, Mark Isern of Olathe
and Myron Isern of San Ramon, Calif.; one daughter, Jane Isern of Great
Bend; one brother, Marlin Isern of Ellinwood; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church with the Rev. Andy
Keltner officiating. Burial will be at Lakin-Comanche District Cemetery in
Ellinwood. Friends may visit from 1-9 p.m. today at Kimple Funeral Home in
Ellinwood. Memorials are suggested to the church endowment fund or
Ellinwood Schools Education Foundation, in care of the funeral home. 

Mary M. Paris
1908-2000
LARNED - Mary M. Paris, 91, died April 28 at the Larned Health Care and
Living Center in Larned. She was born Aug. 26, 1908, at Larned, the
daughter of Webb and Mary Mooney Paris. She was a lifetime resident of
Larned.
Miss Paris was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Larned.
Survivors include numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by one
sister, Frances Wendel.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with the Rev. Dennis
Reed officiating. Burial will be at the Larned cemetery. Friends may call
until 8 p.m. today at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel in Larned. Memorials are
suggested to the church in care of the mortuary. 

Oscar H. Bortz
1909-2000
CLAFLIN - Oscar H. Bortz, 90, died April 28 at Hoisington Rehabilitation
Center. He was born Oct. 31, 1909, in Barton County, the son of John and
Anna Steinecke Bortz. He married Flora B. Buehler Nov. 12, 1932, at La
Crosse. She died Oct. 24, 1975. He married Mary V. Piazza in April, 1977.
She died March 4, 1996. A lifetime resident of Claflin, he was an oilfield
roustabout and pumper for Mobil Oil Co.
Bortz was a member of the United Methodist Church, American Legion and
Pastime Club, all of Claflin. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include one son, Richard G. Bortz of Great Bend; one daughter,
Marilyn R. Robl of Richmond, Va.; two grandchildren; three
great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and three
step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Fred
Bortz, Walter Bortz and Leonard Bortz; and three sisters, Leona Bortz,
Louise Knox and Esther Swayzne.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with the Rev. Lou Davies
officiating. Burial will be at Claflin Cemetery. Friends may call from 1-8
p.m. today at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home and from 9 a.m. to service time
Monday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Claflin Ambulance
Fund, in care of the funeral home. 

Mollie Hemel
1902-2000
NESS CITY - Mollie Hemel, 97, died April 27 at Ness County Long Term Care
in Ness City. She was born Sept. 16, 1902, at Milberger, the daughter of
Jacob and Anna Hemel Funk. She married Phillip Hemel July 1, 1935, at
Bazine. He died July 9, 1976. She was a homemaker and resident of Ness City
since 1971. Her family came from Russia in 1902.
Mrs. Hemel was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ness City.
Survivors include one son, Ronald Hemel of Ness City; three daughters,
Arlene Smith of Hoxie, Carol Schmitter of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Dorothy
Filson of Wichita; one brother, Bennie Funk of Littleton, Colo.; one
sister, Alma Betz of Great Bend; three grandchildren; and five
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by six brothers, including
Herman Funk of Scott City; and three sisters.
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Bazine Cemetery with the
Rev. Doug Hasty officiating. Friends may call until 9 p.m. today at
Fitzgerald Funeral Home in Ness City. Memorials are suggested to the
American Cancer Society and to the church, in care of the funeral home. 

Doris A. Engel
1922-2000
LIBERAL - Doris A. Engel, 77, died April 25 at Aurora, Colo. She was born
Dec. 27, 1922, in McPherson, the daughter of Oscar Sr. and Mildred Johnson
Larson. She married Jack E. Engel Sept. 23, 1945, at McPherson. He died
Jan. 29, 1997. She was a graduate of the University of Kansas and was a
Watkins Scholar. A longtime resident of Liberal, she was involved in the
family business, Engel Inc., and started two businesses in Liberal, the
Dairy Queen in 1949 and the People's Travel Agency in 1969.
Mrs. Engel was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Liberal,
the American Association of University Women and the Liberal Senior Center,
where she was active in the Sweet Swishers line dance group. She was also
on the board of trustees for Seward County Community College Development
Foundation, one of the founders of the Baker Arts Center in Liberal and was
active in Scouts and youth groups for the church.
Survivors include two sons, John E. Engel of Liberal and Larry Engel of
Dallas, Texas; one daughter, Carol Enright of Longmont, Colo.; three
brothers, Oscar Larson of Galva, Robert Larson of Great Bend and Lewis
Larson of Pretty Prairie; two sisters, Ruth Taylor of Oklahoma City, Okla.,
and Marjorie Halloway of Wichita; and nine grandchildren. She was preceded
in death by one brother, Pete Larson.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Phil Shull
officiating. Burial will be at Liberal Cemetery. Friends may call until 9
tonight at Kitch Funeral Home in Liberal. Family will receive friends from
5-7 tonight. Memorials are suggested to the Baker Arts Center or to the
church, in care of the funeral home. 

Helen M. Komarek
1912-2000
HOISINGTON - Helen M. Komarek, 87, died April 26 at Clara Barton Hospital
in Hoisington. She was born June 24, 1912, in Hoisington, the daughter of
John and Mamie Colton Fitts. She married Wellman Komarek Nov. 8, 1963, in
Hoisington. He died July 16, 1982. A lifetime resident of Hoisington, she
was a service representative for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.
Mrs. Komarek was a member of First Christian Church, Cameo Club and
Christian Women's Club, all of Hoisington.
Survivors include three grandchildren, Mark Henderson of Lenexa, Susan
Henderson of Almogorda, N.M., and Amy Scoville of Herperia, Calif. She was
preceded in death by one daughter, Dorothy Henderson; three brothers, John
Fitts, Allen Fitts and Mac Fitts; and five sisters, Daphne Gilley, Mary
Glynn, Ruby Fitts, Alice Fitts and Gladys Fitts.
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Hoisington Cemetery with the
Rev. Paula Bell officiating. Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. Sunday and from
9 a.m. to service time Monday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in
Hoisington. Memorials are suggested to the church or Clara Barton
Foundation, in care of the funeral home. 

Oscar H. Bortz
1909-2000
Oscar H. Bortz, 90, died April 28 at Hoisington Rehabilitation Center in
Hoisington. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington. 

Martin Isern
1922-2000
ELLINWOOD - Martin Isern of Ellinwood, died April 28 at Central Kansas
Medical Center, St. Rose Campus in Great Bend. Survivors and funeral
arrangements will be announced by Kimple Inc. Funeral Home in Ellinwood.

Gilbert E. Mehl 1917-2000
LORRAINE - Gilbert E. Mehl, 82, died April 25 at Hutchinson Hospital in
Hutchinson. He was born May 25, 1917, in rural Ellsworth County, the son of
Fred and Anna Bender Mehl. He married Ruth Reed Aug. 3, 1941, in Kanopolis.
She died Jan. 16, 1979. A longtime resident of Lorraine, he was a retired
farmer.
Mehl was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Holyrood.
Survivors include three sons, Gene Mehl of Hutchinson, Donald Mehl of
Donna, Texas, and Max Mehl of Woodward, Okla.; two daughters, Mary Mehl of
Hutchinson and Betty L. Beagley of Sterling; one sister, Clara Russell of
Holyrood; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. John Sharp
officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter's Lutheran Church Cemetery in
Holyrood. Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. today at Sillin Funeral Home in
Lyons. Memorials are suggested to St. Peter's Lutheran Church in care of
the funeral home.

Tyler Blaine Foss
1976-2000
BOULDER, Colo. - Tyler Blaine Foss, 23, died April 23 at his home. He was
born May 6, 1976, at Kansas City, the son of Daniel C. and Patricia A.
Brill Foss. He was a 1994 graduate of Hutchinson High School in Hutchinson,
attended Vanderbuilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and was attending the
University of Colorado in Boulder.
Foss was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.
Survivors include his parents of Hutchinson; one sister, Tara E. Carleton
of Kansas City, Mo.; and grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Brill of Lewis.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Amanda Louise; and grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. Don C. Foss.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in
Hutchinson with the Rev. William T. Soule officiating. Friends may call
from 1-9 p.m. today and Friday at Elliott Mortuary in Hutchinson. Burial
will be at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Hutchinson. Memorials are
suggested to the Tyler Blaine Foss Memorial in care of the Hutchinson
Community Foundation.

Lorene S. Allen
1910-2000
STAFFORD - Lorene S. Allen, 90, died April 25 at Leisure Homestead in
Stafford. She was born Jan. 31, 1910, at Throckmorton, Texas, the daughter
of Sidney and Nellie D. Franklin Stewart. She married B.R. "Bill" Allen
March 15, 1928, in Oklahoma. He died Sept. 6, 1978. A resident of Stafford
since 1997, coming from Raton, N.M., and Arkansas City. After retiring
from the telephone business, she and her husband owned and operated a motel
and restaurant in Raton.
Mrs. Allen was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Arkansas City and
the Central Plains Artists and Craftsmen.
Survivors include one son, B.G. "Bud" Allen of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one
daughter, Millicent "Sissie" Yarbrough of Stafford; two sisters, Edith
Gartman of Arlington, Texas, and Bessie Black of Conroe, Texas; 12
grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one
son, L. Maynard Allen; one brother, Anderson Stewart; and three sisters,
Lillian Davis, Eva Barger and Blanche Russell.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Riverview Cemetery in
Arkansas City with the Rev. Kasey Crosby officiating. Friends may call from
4-8 p.m. today at Minnis Chapel in Stafford and from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at
Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home in Arkansas City. Memorials are suggested to the
donor's choice, in care of Minnis Chapel. 

Lorene Dykes Gleason
1926-2000
LARNED - Lorene Dykes Gleason, 73, died April 24 at Kansas University
Medical Center in Kansas City. She was born July 17, 1926, in rural
Stafford County, the daughter of Orlie and Mary Dixon Dykes. She married
V.M. Gleason on Aug. 5, 1944, at Radium. A longtime resident of Pawnee
County, she was a homemaker, retired activity therapist at Larned State
Hospital and a volunteer at Fort Larned National Historical Site and United
Methodist Women's Thrift Shop, all in Larned.
Mrs. Gleason was a member of First United Methodist Church, Garden Club,
Daughters of the American Revolution, all of Larned, and Zook Community
Club of Zook.
Survivors include her husband of the home; two sons, Darryl Gleason and
Patrick Gleason, both of Larned; two daughters, Debra Kisner of Hays and
Karla Stevens of Normal, Ill.; one sister, Joy Ochel of Hudson; and four
grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one infant sister, Darlene
Dykes.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Morell Funeral Home in Larned with
Revs. Bob Gleason and Charles Grant officiating. Burial will be at Larned
Cemetery in Larned. Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. today, from 9 a.m to 8
p.m. Thursday, and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral
home. Memorials are suggested to Fort Larned Old Guard, in care of the
funeral home. 

Charles J. Billinger
1916 -2000
ELLINWOOD - Charles J. Billinger, 83, died April 24 at Central Kansas
Medical Center, St. Rose Campus in Great Bend. He was born Sept. 6, 1916,
in St. Peter, the son of Joseph P. and Clara Reidel Billinger. He married
Beatrice Rome Nov. 27, 1945, at St. Peter. She died July 10, 1974. He
married Irene Harris June 26, 1977, at Great Bend. She died Dec. 7, 1996.
He married June Buczinski Oct. 23, 1999, at Great Bend. A resident of
Barton County since 1945, coming from St. Peter, he was a carpenter for
Alvin Schneider Constructions and Marlett Homes.
Billinger was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ellinwood, Knights
of Columbus in Hoisington, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3111 and American
Legion Argonne Post 180, both of Great Bend, and past president of Cowboy
Sams of Barton County.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Charles P. Billinger of
Great Bend; three daughters, Toni Schneweis, Mary Ann Charles and Cecilia
Conrad, all of Hoisington; three stepsons, Larry Buczinski of Ellinwood,
Dan Buczinski of Wichita and Fred Vielhauer of Philadelphia, Pa.; four
stepdaughters, Christina Reed of Houston, Texas, Diana Rightmire of Kansas
City, Mo., Dolores Pratt of Albany, N.Y., and Diane Wilhelm of Great Bend;
one brother, Edmund Billinger of Denver, Colo.; four sisters, Mary Miller
of Hays, Clem Shives of Hoisington, Barb Knoll of Derby and Rosie Fabricius
of Great Bend; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 29
stepgrandchildren; and 28 stepgreat-grandchildren.
Vigil will be 7:30 p.m. tonight at St. Patricks Catholic Church in Great
Bend. Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the church with the Revs.
Warren Stecklein and David Flagor officiating. Burial will be at St. John's
Cemetery in Hoisington. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at
Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend, from 6:30-9 tonight at the
church and 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials are
suggested to St. Patrick School Endowment Fund, St. Joseph School Endowment
Fund and Hoisington Baseball Program, all in care of the funeral home. 

Richard Earl Bowman
1908-2000
PAWNEE ROCK - Richard Earl Bowman, 91, died April 24 at Integrated Health
Services in Great Bend. He was born Oct. 24, 1908, in Pawnee Rock, the son
of Earl J. and Buena Vista Holland Bowman. A lifetime resident of Pawnee
Rock, he was a farmer.
Bowman was a member of Methodist Church and American Legion, both of Pawnee
Rock, and Kapa Sigma Fraternity at Kansas State University in Manhattan. He
was a veteran of World War II, serving as technical sergeant, 25th Division
Medical Corps during the Pacific campaign in the Philippines at Guadal
Canal.
Survivors include four nephews, Joseph Bowman of Pawnee Rock, Phillip
Bowman of Salina, Brent Bowman of Manhattan and James Bowman of Albert; one
niece, Jane Johnson of Bella Vista, Ark. He was preceded in death by two
brothers, George Henry Bowman and Edward Alan Bowman; and one sister,
Marjorie Fullerton.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel in Larned
with the Rev. Bill Wolf officiating. Burial with military graveside honors
will be at Pawnee Rock Cemetery in Pawnee Rock. Friends may call from 9
a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Thursday and 9 a.m. until service time on Friday
at the mortuary. Memorials are suggested to the church, in care of the
mortuary. 

Helen M. Karst
1910-2000
HOISINGTON - Helen M. Karst, 89, died April 25 at Hoisington Rehabilitation
Center in Hoisington. She was born Oct. 12, 1910, in Olmitz, the daughter
of Clarence and Margaret Murdy Boyle. She married Theodore Karst May 12,
1934, at Great Bend. He died Feb. 26, 1996. A longtime resident of
Hoisington, she taught school for six years and was employed by Verna's of
Hoisington, Wiley's and J.C. Penney of Great Bend.
Mrs. Karst was a member of First United Methodist Church, Church Circles,
BPW, Cameo Club and OES Una Chapter 119, all of Hoisington.
Survivors include two sons, Larry K. Karst of Joplin, Mo., and Don R. Karst
of Woodbury, Minn.; one sister, Clara Schugart of Great Bend; four
grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by
one sister, Myrtle Cook.
Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. Wayne Flanders
officiating. Burial will be at Hoisington Cemetery in Hoisington. Friends
may call from 1-5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington. Family will receive friends
from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday. The casket will be closed. Memorials are
suggested to donor's choice, in care of the funeral home. 

Thomas E. Cushinberry
1923-2000
TOPEKA - Thomas E. Cushinberry, 77, died April 24 at Topeka Hospital in
Topeka. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Capital City Community
Church of God in Topeka. Burial will be at Topeka Cemetery. Friends may
call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel in Topeka. 

Nancy L. Cody
1937-2000
EL DORADO - Nancy L. Cody, 62, of El Dorado died April 22 at Wesley Medical
Center in Wichita. She was born July 11, 1937, at Latham, the daughter of
Curtis and Retha Rause Cartmell. She married Harry Frank Cody Feb. 6, 1954,
in Augusta. A resident of El Dorado, she was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband of the home; four sons, John Cody, Robert
Cody and Carl Cody, all of El Dorado, and Dale Cody of Gorham; one
daughter, Debra Grissom of El Dorado; her mother, Retha Cartmell; five
brothers, Eldon Cartmell, Frank Cartmell, James Cartmell, Gary Cartmell and
Earl Cartmell; five sisters, Lola Knouf, Mary Howard, Pansy Howard, Martha
Howard and Eleanor Witson; and 15 grandchildren. She was preceded in death
by one son, Walter Cody; one daughter, Martha Wienke; and one
granddaughter.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Kirby-Morris Funeral Home in El
Dorado with the Revs. David Shaffer and John White officiating. Burial will
be at the Sunset Lawns Cemetery in El Dorado. Visitation will be until 8
p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Lions Club
Eye Bank in care of the funeral home. 

Helen M. Karst
1910-2000
HOISINGTON - Helen M. Karst, 89, of Hoisington died April 25 at Hoisington
Rehabilitation Center.
Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Nicholson-Ricke
Funeral Home in Hoisington. Friends may call after 11 a.m. Wednesday at the
funeral home. 

Harry Eugene 'Gene' Ellis
1938-2000
MERRIAM - Harry Eugene 'Gene' Ellis, 61, died April 21 at his home after a
long illness. He was born Aug. 25, 1938, in Council Grove, the son of Harry
and Lucille Ellis. He married Diana Scheck. He attended Council Grove High
School. He was the owner of Gene Ellis Ford in Lindsborg and also worked in
real estate and advertising.
Ellis was a member of the Lions Club, Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Toast Masters
and AMBUCS. He also served as Bass Master for the McPherson Bass Club. He
was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Survivors include his wife of the home; his mother of Council Grove; his
father of Clinton, Ark.; three sons, Robert Ellis of Roanoke Rapids, N.C.,
and Greg Carson and Kevin Carson, both of Osage City; one daughter, Hope
Taj of Omaha, Neb.; one brother, Allen Ellis of Topeka; one sister, Lanette
Ellis of Topeka; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
two sons, Scott and Daniel.
Funeral was today at Council Grove. In lieu of flowers, memorials are
suggested to the Kansas City Hospice, 12006 W. 87th Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66215. 

Wilma Jenkins Hunter
1906-2000
STAFFORD - Wilma Jenkins Hunter, 93, died April 23 at the Stafford District
Hospital in Stafford. She was born Oct. 14, 1906, in Stafford, the daughter
of William and Etta Richardson Deniston. She married Harold A. Jenkins Nov.
17, 1932, at Wichita. He died Jan. 18, 1984. She then married C.D. "Jack"
Hunter Sept. 21,1985, at Hutchinson. He died Aug. 17, 1991. She was a
graduate of Friends University. A lifetime Stafford resident, she was a
homemaker.
Hunter was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Chapter BK PEO
and the Bridge Club, all of Stafford.
Survivors include one daughter, Louan Talley of Asheville, N.C.; two
grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Minnis Chapel in Stafford with
the Revs. Kasey Crosby and Don McCord officiating. Burial will be at
Stafford Cemetery in Stafford. Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. today at the
chapel. Memorials are suggested to the donor's choice in care of the chapel. 

Lorene Gleason
1927-2000
LARNED - Lorene Gleason, 73, of Larned died April 24 at Kansas University
Medical Center in Kansas City.
Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Morell Funeral Home
in Larned. 

Charles J. Billinger
1916-2000
ELLINWOOD - Charles J. Billinger, 83, of Ellinwood died April 24 at
Central Kansas Medical Center, St. Rose campus, in Great Bend.
Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Bryant-Christians
Funeral Home in Great Bend. 

Floyd 'Jim' Bailey
1922-2000
Floyd 'Jim' Bailey, 77, died April 22 at Central Kansas Medical Center, St.
Joseph Campus in Larned. He was born June 19, 1922, at Hudson, the son of
George and Alice G. Miller Bailey. He married Christine Hudran Oct. 23,
1945, at Pueblo, Colo. A resident of Great Bend since 1950, coming from
Pueblo, he was a retired diesel mechanic for Stevens Engine Service.
Bailey was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and Knights of
Columbus, both of Great Bend. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife of the home; four brothers, Arthur Bailey of
Great Bend, George Bailey of Mundelien, Ill., Beverly Bailey of Lodi,
Calif., Jerry Bailey of Dodge City; and three sisters, Letha Barker of
Hutchinson, Lois McMullin of Liberal and Norma Jean Burke of New Iberia,
La. He was preceded in death by one brother, Frank Bailey.
Vigil will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary
at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at
the church with the Rev. Charles Mazouch officiating. Burial will be at
Great Bend Cemetery with a flag presentation by American Legion Argonne
Post No. 180 of Great Bend. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday
and Wednesday at Bryant-Christians Chapel. Memorials are suggested to St.
Rose School Endowment Fund, in care of the funeral home. 

Doris E. Koch
1918-2000
Doris E. Koch, 82, died April 22 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great
Bend. She was born April 19, 1918, in Dodge City. She married Leonard W.
Koch July 22, 1940, at Alva, Okla. She was a nurse's aide at Central Kansas
Medical Center.
Mrs. Koch was a member of Central Baptist Church in Great Bend, Golden Belt
Campers and National Campers and Hikers Association.
Survivors include her husband of the home; one son, E. Ray Koch of
Steamboat Springs, Colo.; one daughter, Betty Immenschuh of Whitehall,
Ohio; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church with Rev. Dr. Gordon
E. Rhodes officiating. Burial will be at Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may
call from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home and 9:30
a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to
the church. 

Marjorie Alreice Brock
1935-2000
ST. JOHN - Marjorie Alreice Brock, 65, died April 20 at Hutchinson Hospital
in Hutchinson. She was born Jan. 28, 1935, at Great Bend, the daughter of
Alva A. and Marjorie Louise Stalcup Scheib. She married John E. Brock Nov.
19, 1983, at Great Bend. She was a graduate of St. John High School. A St.
John resident since 1977, she was a homemaker and past owner of Margie's
Pub in St. John.
Mrs. Brock was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Rebekah
Lodge and the Stafford County Country Club, all of St. John.
Survivors include her husband of the home; two sons, Michael E. Nolte of
Hutchinson and Kurtis J. Brock of WaKeeney; five daughters, Debra J. Eden
of Gold Canyon, Ariz., Victoria L. Cline of Florissant, Colo., Pamela J.
Krankenberg of Hays, Jody G. Updegrove of Arlington, and Karla M. Gleason
of St. John; two sisters, Amy Dudrey of St. John and Carol Bird of Oklahoma
City, Okla.; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Rosary is at 7 tonight at Minnis Chapel in St. John. Funeral Mass will be
at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with the Rev. Rene Guesnier officiating.
Burial will be at Fairview Park Cemetery in St. John. Visitation will be
from 3-7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the
church or the country club. 

Aletha Mae Farmer
1939-2000
CLAFLIN - Aletha Mae Farmer, 60, died April 21 at Via Christi Regional
Medical Center, St. Francis Campus in Wichita. She was born Oct. 27, 1939,
in Phillips County, the daughter of Thomas and Virginia Richardson
Ragsdale. She married Melville Farmer May 11, 1956, in Hoisington. A
resident of Claflin for 30 years, coming from Hoisington, she was a
homemaker.
Survivors include her husband of the home; four sons, Lee Farmer of El
Reno, Okla., Dale Farmer of Claflin, Marty Farmer of Clairemore, Okla., and
Raymond Farmer of Kidder, Mo.; her mother of Claflin; two brothers, Kenneth
Ragsdale of Grover, Colo., and Scott Ragsdale of Las Vegas, Nev.; one
sister, Myrna Herrod of Wynnewood, Okla.; and six grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by one sister, Marjorie Ragsdale.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in
Hoisington with the Rev. Matthew Price officiating. Burial will be at
Hoisington Cemetery in Hoisington. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and
from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home. Memorials are
suggested to Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus Stroke
Unit, in care of the funeral home. 

The Rev. E. Val Bridenstine
1915-2000
GUTHRIE, Okla. - The Rev. E. Val Bridenstine, 85, died April 20.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Friends Chapel Church in Coyle,
Okla., with the Rev. Merl Kinser officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove
Cemetery. Strode Funeral Home of Stillwater, Okla., is in charge of
arrangements. 

Sheryl K. Ward
1945-2000
ST. JOHN - Sheryl K. Ward, 54, died April 20 at Wesley Hospital in Wichita.
She was born Dec. 28, 1945, in Great Bend, the daughter of Samuel Lee and
Maurine Higgins. She married Kenneth L. Ward April 1, 1961, at Great Bend.
He died March 9, 1994. A resident of Great Bend since 1999, coming from St.
John, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Ward was a member of First Nazarene Church in Great Bend.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth E. Ward and Kip E. Ward, both of St.
John; two daughters, Kelly Gonsalez and Kimberly Frydendall, both of Great
Bend; her mother, Maurine Walker of St. John; three brothers, Maurice L.
Higgins and Stephen E. Higgins, both of Sarasota, Fla., and Howard Higgins
of Kansas City, Mo.; one stepbrother, Jim Walker of Topeka; one stepsister,
Shirley Gabrielson of Wichita; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Minnis Chapel Inc. of St. John with the
Rev. Richard Ogle officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Park Cemetery in
St. John. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to American Heart Association, in care of the
funeral home. 

Floyd 'Jim' Bailey
1922-2000
Floyd "Jim" Bailey, 77, of Great Bend died April 22 at Central Kansas
Medical Center, St. Joseph Campus in Larned.
Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Bryant-Christians
Funeral Home in Great Bend. 

Irene Macgirvin
1915-2000
HUTCHINSON - Irene Macgirvin, 85, died April 22 at Mennonite Friendship
Manor in Hutchinson. She was born Jan. 3, 1915, at Columbus, Neb., the
daughter of Roy and Nellie Lininger Stansill. She married Harry D.
Macgirvin Sept. 2, 1932, at Pratt. He died Feb. 26, 1983. She was a
graduate of Pratt High School in Pratt. A resident of Hutchinson since
1983, coming from Pratt, she was a homemaker.
Survivors include two sons, Stanley Macgirvin and Emery Macgirvin, both of
Hutchinson; three daughters, Dorothy Whyte of Cottage Hills, Ill., Jean
Peevyhouse of Great Bend and Peggy Crupper of Haven; one brother, Richard
Stansill of Bend, Ore.; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and three
great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Dean
Macgirvin and David Mcgirvin; two brothers, Leroy Stansill and Neil
Stansill; and one sister, Vesta Marie Stansill.
Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Hutchinson
with the Rev. Jim Autrey officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery
in Pratt. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson & Sons
Funeral Home in Hutchinson. Memorials are suggested to the church's A.B.
Girls Ministry, in care of the funeral home. 

Doris E. Koch
1918-2000
Doris E. Koch, 82, of Great Bend died April 22 at Cherry Village Nursing
Home in Great Bend.
Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Bryant-Christians
Funeral Home in Great Bend. 

John Thomas Hannah Jr.
1911-2000
John Thomas Hannah Jr., 88, died April 19 at Wichita. He was born Oct. 25,
1911, at Springfield, Ohio, the son of John Thomas and Blanche Aurelia
Harbor Hannah. He married Dorothy Margaret Wilson Oct. 30, 1953, at
Jetmore. He attended Berkley High School in Michigan and received an
associate of arts degree from Barton County Community College. A resident
of Great Bend since 1953, coming from Wichita, he was an investigator for
the State of Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Department.
Hannah was a charter member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Great
Bend; president of Great Bend Council of Churches in 1973, a member of
Masonic Temple 15 AF&AM and York Rite Bodies, both of Great Bend; and Isis
Shrine Temple of Salina. He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Tom Hannah of Florissant,
Colo.; one daughter, Katherine Souter of Kechi; one brother, Robert Hannah
of Berkley; four grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by an infant brother, Billy Hannah; and one sister, Donna Van
Buskirk.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. R.
Laney Kuhn officiating. The family will receive friends following the
service at the church. Memorials are suggested to Barton County Community
College Foundation, in care of Fryberger Mortuary in Great Bend.
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, April 21, 2000

Kenneth Dale Williams
1927-2000
LARNED - Kenneth Dale Williams, 73, died April 18 at his home. He was born
March 25, 1927, in Amarillo, Texas, the son of Kenneth Vernon and Virginia
Lucille Stanley Williams. He was a 1943 graduate of Wichita North High
School and a 1963 graduate of Air Capital Business College in Wichita. A
resident of Larned since 1978, coming from Wichita, he was a retired
custodian for St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Larned.
Williams was a Christian and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Larned Cemetery in Larned
with the Rev. Dan Lundgren officiating. Friends may call from noon to 8
p.m. Saturday and from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Morell Funeral Home in Larned.
Memorials are suggested to Larned Emergency Medical Service, in care of the
funeral home.
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, April 21, 2000

Kenneth Dale Williams
2000
LARNED - Kenneth Dale Williams, 73, died April 18 at his home in Larned.
Arrangements will be announced by Morell Funeral Home in Larned. 

Estel Arthur Zook
1912-2000
LARNED - Estel Arthur Zook, 88, died April 18 at Central Kansas Medical
Center, St. Joseph Long Term Care in Larned. He was born Jan. 12, 1912, in
rural Pawnee County, the son of Charles Albert and Viola Cynthia Grubb
Zook. A lifetime resident of Pawnee County, he delivered LP Gas for the
Pawnee County Cooperative for several years, retiring in 1975.
Zook was of the Christian faith.
Survivors include four brothers, Charles Zook of Lakewood, Calif., Willard
Zook of Azel, Texas, Howard Zook of Rozel and Ronald Zook of Salem, Ore.;
and one sister, Hazel Deane Query of Palo Alto, Calif. He was preceded in
death by one sister, Wilma Jennings.
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Pleasant Valley Cemetery
south of Larned with the Rev. Rob Schmutz officiating. Friends may call
until 8 p.m. today at Morell Funeral Home in Larned. Memorials are
suggested to American Diabetes Association in care of the funeral home. 

Jack W. Dailey Jr.
1925-2000
TULSA, Okla. - Jack W. Dailey Jr., 74, died April 17 at St. John's Hospital
in Tulsa. He was born Dec. 8, 1925, at Great Bend, the son of John Wilfred
and Anna Edith Kaummer Dailey. He married Betty Ann Ryan Sept. 22, 1961, at
Tulsa. He was a retired baker.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one daughter, Pam Mann of Plano,
Texas; four brothers, Don Dailey and Dick Dailey, both of Great Bend, Jim
Dailey of Sandy, Utah, and Jerry Dailey of Tulsa; four sisters, Dorothea
Hershey and Eleanor Dailey, both of Great Bend, Gwen Bible of Tulsa and
Janiece Burke of Denver, Colo.; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in
death by one brother, Bill Dailey; and two sisters, Patricia Dillard and
Peggy Dailey.
Graveside services were today at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa with the
Rev. Phil Taylor officiating. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery in
Tulsa. The Mark Griffith Memorial Funeral Home in Tulsa was in charge of
arrangements. 

John T. Hannah
1912-2000
John T. Hannah, 88, Great Bend, died April 19. Services will be announced
by Fryberger Mortuary. 

Hallie Grabhorn
1916-2000
HOISINGTON - Hallie Grabhorn of Hoisington died Monday, April 17, 2000, in
Great Bend. She was born Hallie Irene Seale at Waterville, KS, in 1916.
Mrs. Grabhorn was the wife of Fred W. Grabhorn, a Hoisington High School
teacher for 20 years prior to his death in 1974. She served as a retail
clerk and as an insurance clerk in Hoisington for over 30 years.
She leaves two sons, Bob of Great Bend and Jim of rural Leavenworth County,
Kan.; a grandson, Bob of Olympia, Wash., and four step-grandchildren. She
is survived by two sisters, Lena and Maxine, who reside in California.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in
Hoisington. Friends may call from noon to 6 p.m. with the family receiving
friends from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to service time Thursday, all at
the funeral home.
The family requests no flowers and suggests memorials to the Edward D.
Kroesch Scholarship Fund at Hoisington High School. 

Lewis A. Dingwall
2000
PETALUMA, Calif. - Lewis A. Dingwall, 66, died April 18 at Petaluma Valley
Hospital in Petaluma. He was born in Santa Cruz, Calif. His wife, Shirley,
formerly of Great Bend, died in March, 1999. A lifelong resident of
Petaluma, he worked as a handyman for several local businesses, including
Source One.
Dingwall was a military veteran and member of American Legion Post 28 of
Petaluma.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Cypress Hill Memorial Park
in Petaluma. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Adobe
Creek Funeral Home in Petaluma. Memorials are suggested to the Heart
Association of the Redwood Empire, P.O. Box 844, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. 

Pat Bobbitt
1931-2000
UNCERTAIN, Texas - Pat Bobbitt, 69, died April 17 at his home in Uncertain.
He was born Feb. 8, 1931, at Mott, La., the son of Perry C. and Vera
Kilgore Bobbitt. He married Geri Jo Wilson Feb. 20, 1950, at Jetmore. He
attended Pawnee Rock public schools. He worked for Ark-La-Gas for 19 years,
then went into heavy construction until his retirement in 1986.
Bobbitt was a U.S. Army and National Guard veteran, having obtained the
rank of Master Sergeant.
Survivors include his wife of the home; four sons, Michael Pat Bobbitt of
Slidell, La., Tony Jo Bobbitt of Glenrose, Texas, Nicky Doyle Bobbitt of
Recklaw, Texas, and Leslie Wayne Bobbitt of Killeen, Texas; one daughter,
Tallie Eyvette Leonardos of Uncertain; one brother, James Everett of Alber,
N.M.; one sister, Beth Underwood of Millers Creek, NC; eight grandchildren;
and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one borother,
Bobby Ray Bobbitt.
Memorials are suggested to the Church of Uncertain, in care of Sullivan
Funeral Home, 100 East Travis, Marshall, Texas 75671. 

Lula M. Lawson
1908-2000
HUTCHINSON - Lula M. Lawson, 91, of Hutchinson, died April 18 at Hester
Care Center. She was born Dec. 30, 1908, at Brooken, Okla., the daughter of
Noah and Ollie Wilson Bryant. She married Vinton H. Lawson Feb. 22, 1931,
at Shawnee, Okla. He died May 18, 1962. A Hutchinson resident since 1977,
formerly of Wichita and Great Bend, she was employed at the Wesleyan
Hospital Coffee Shop in Wichita, retiring in 1974.
Mrs. Lawson was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Hutchinson.
She was an Army Mother during the Korean War, a member of the Sew and So
Club in Great Bend and a volunteer at the Hutchinson Senior Center.
Survivors include two sons, Harold D. Lawson of Payson, Ariz., and Ronald
G. Lawson of Hutchinson; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Memorial Chapel
with the Rev. Kendall Franklin officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday at Old Mission Cemetery in Wichita. Friends may call from 11 a.m.
to 8 p.m. Friday at Johnson and Sons Funeral Home in Hutchinson, with the
family receiving friends from 7-8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the
church, in care of the funeral home. 

Robert Frances Ruiz
1975-2000
LARNED - Robert Frances Ruiz, 24, died April 8 at Seoul, Korea. He was
born June 7, 1975, at Larned, the son of Robert A. Ruiz and Shelia G.
Carris Ruiz Rodriquez. He married Yvonne Smith June 8, 1996, at Fort Riley.
He completed his bachelors degree in sociology in 1999 at Emporia State
College and attended Butler County Community College. He received AIT
training at Fort Hauchuca, Arizona. A former resident of Larned, he was in
the U.S. Army, stationed at Yongson Military Base in Seoul since March 12.
Ruiz was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Larned.
Survivors include his wife of the home; his father and stepmother, Robert
and Janine Ruiz of Wichita; his mother and stepfather, Sheila and Joe
Rodriquez of Larned; one brother, Kiel Lawrence Ruiz of Wichita; one
sister, Maria Brooke Ruiz of Larned; his grandparents, Trinidad Ruiz of
Larned, Eunice Carris Wendelburg of Tribune and Dorothy Jean Newton of
Oshkosh, Neb.
Rosary will be at 7 tonight at Beckwith Mortuary Chapel in Larned. Funeral
Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church with the Rev. Dennis
Reed officiating. Burial will be at Larned Cemetery in Larned with full
military honors. Friends may call until 8 tonight at the funeral home. The
casket will remain closed. Memorials are suggested to Shriner's Crippled
Children's Fund, in care of the funeral home. 

Hallie I. Grabhorn
1916-2000
HOISINGTON - Hallie I. Grabhorn, 83, died April 17 at Cherry Village in
Great Bend.
Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Nicholson-Ricke
Funeral Home in Hoisington. 

Opal Jane Moulden
1903-2000
Opal Jane Moulden, 96, died April 17 at Integrated Health Services in Great
Bend. She was born Dec. 31, 1903, at Oakley, the daughter of Arthur L. and
Grace Dallas Sparks. She married Franklin Zickefoose in 1928 at Oakley. He
preceded her in death. She then married Burl Moulden in 1945 at Colby. He
also preceded her in death. A resident of Great Bend since 1976, coming
from Dodge City, she was a homemaker and worked at Dodge City Hospital as a
licensed practical nurse.
Mrs. Moulden was a member of First Congregational, United Church of Christ.
Survivors include one daughter, Marilyn Keller of Great Bend; four
grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by
two brothers, Guy Sparks and Derald Sparks.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in
Great Bend with Terri Hurley officiating. Burial will be at Oakley Cemetery
in Oakley with the Rev. Robert Winters officiating. Friends may call until
9 tonight at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to IHS or the
church, both in care of the funeral home. 

Rocklin Wade 'Rocky' Wallert
1945-2000
Rocklin Wade "Rocky" Wallert, 54, died April 17 at Central Kansas Medical
Center, St. Rose Campus in Great Bend. He was born Nov. 4, 1945, at
Ellsworth, the son of Leonard M. and Osythe Kuck Wallert. A resident of
Great Bend for one year, coming from Hutchinson and Salina, he was in food
management service and a roughneck in the oil fields.
Survivors include his parents of Great Bend; one son, Craig Allen Wallert
of Wichita; one daughter, Stacy Chandler III, of Haysville; one brother,
Riccardo K. Wallert of Great Bend; one sister, Jacqueline R. Swire of
Colorado Springs, Colo.; two grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in
Great Bend with the Rev. Dick Ogle officiating. Graveside service will be
at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wilson Cemetery in Wilson. Friends may call from 9
a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday, all at
the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Research, in
care of the funeral home. 

Herman William Schwindt
1915-2000
LA CROSSE - Herman William Schwindt, 84, died April 16 at Rush County
Nursing Home in La Crosse. He was born Oct. 31, 1915, on a farm northwest
of La Crosse, the son of Conrad and Katie Bott Schwindt. He married Nellie
May Collins May 7, 1939, at Charles and Bertha Collins' home northwest of
Nekoma. A lifetime resident of Rush County, he was a farmer and stockman.
Schwindt was a member of Larned Federal Land Bank board, Rush County Soil
Conservation District board and trustee of Evangelical United Brethren
Church in La Crosse. He served as a 4-H leader and had served in the
Civilian Conservation Corps in his youth.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Gail Schwindt of Timken;
three daughters, Patricia Kay Schwindt of Mesa, Ariz., Diane Joy Hays of
Roseville, Calif., and Pamela Sue Pierce of Leesburg, Ga.; one brother,
Clarence Schwindt of Mesa, Ariz.; three sisters, Sarah Sucht of Larned,
Esther Phillips of Nekoma and Clara Scott of Guymon, Okla.; 11
grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by
one brother, Harry Schwindt; and one sister, Bertha Collins.
Prayer service will be at 7 tonight at Janousek Funeral Home in La Crosse.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in La
Crosse with the Rev. Marilyn Christmore officiating. Graveside services
will be at La Crosse City Cemetery in La Crosse. Memorials are suggested to
the Alzheimer's Foundation or the First United Methodist Church in La
Crosse, both in care of the funeral home. 

John Fred Wise
1941-2000
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - John Fred Wise, 58, died April 15 at his home. He
was born June 6, 1941, in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., the son of Fred and Corrnia
Brown Wise. He married Linda Scheck June 5, 1965, at Great Bend. A resident
of Charlottesville, having grown up in Dinwiddie County and Petersburg,
Va., and coming from Kansas, he was employed by Fluvanna Corrections for
Women as a superintendent in the mechanic's garage and was employed by the
Virginia Department of Transportation.
Wise was a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, John Wise of Palmyra, Va.;
one daughter, Brenda Wise of Derby; one sister, Judy Rosson of
Charlottesville; and five grandchildren.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic
Church in Palmyra. Burial will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens in
Charlottesville. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hill
and Wood Funeral Home in Charlottesville. 

Clara M. Schmidt
1905-2000
HAYS - Clara M Schmidt, 95, died April 15 at Hays Medical Center-Hadley
Campus in Hays. She was born Feb. 7, 1905, at Catherine, the daughter of
John J. and Sophia Weilert Schmidt. A resident of Hays, coming from
Catherine, she was a cook for the sisters at St. Agnes for 20 years and was
a cook at Fort Hays State University Custer Hall and St. Anthony's Hospital
for 11 years.
She was a member of St. Catherine's Catholic Church and St. Catherine's
Altar Society/Christian Mothers.
Survivors include one brother, Harold Schmidt of Great Bend; two sisters,
Florine Froelich of Victoria and Laurita Karlin of Hays. She was preceded
in death by six brothers, Norbert Schmidt, Edgar Schmidt, Bill Schmidt,
Francis Schmidt, Robert Schmidt and Edgar Schmidt I; and three sisters,
Angela Rohr, Alexia Sander and Mary Schmidt.
A St. Catherine's Altar Society/Christian Mothers rosary will be at 6:30
tonight followed by a parish vigil service at 7, both at Hays Memorial
Chapel Funeral Home in Hays. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the
church with the Rev. Ron Gilardi officiating. Burial will be at St.
Catherine's Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today and
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, all at the funeral home. Memorials are
suggested to the church, in care of the funeral home. 

Gary Lyle Foster
1942-2000
Gary Lyle Foster, 57, died April 16, at Central Kansas Medical Center, St.
Rose Campus in Great Bend. He was born July 6, 1942, at Great Bend, the son
of Lyle T. and Hazel A. Michael Foster. He married Greta G. Heany Brantley
Aug. 27, 1983, at Great Bend. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he was
owner/operator of A-1 Truck Sales and Repair and also farmed.
Foster was a member of First United Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge,
both of Great Bend; Isis Shrine of Salina, Vintage Wheel Antique Car Club
of Great Bend and Antique Tractor Association, was a Great Bend Township
board member, Great Bend Army Air Field Museum member, former 4-H member
and Holding Board member.
Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Dr. Scott Brantley of
Great Bend; three daughters, Debbie Herrman and Sherry Rein, both of Olathe
and Sherri Janousek of Great Bend; two sisters, Kathryn Coffman of Macomb,
Ill., and Sue Lewis of Ellinwood; and four grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church with the Revs. Dick Near
and Loyse Clay officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park in
Great Bend. Friends may call until 9 tonight and 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, all
at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great Bend and from noon until service
time Tuesday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Gary Foster
Barton County Future Farmers of America Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care
of the funeral home. 

Wayne B. Fehrenbacher
1921-2000
ST. JOHN - Wayne B. Fehrenbacher, 79, died April 15 at Atchison Hospital in
Atchison. He was born Feb. 25, 1921, at rural St. John, the son of George
J. and Florence Fehrenbacher. He married Betty L. Richardson Oct. 31, 1941,
at St. John. She died Jan. 27. A resident of Atchison, coming from
Stafford, Macksville, St. John and Seward, he had been an operator for
Stafford County Maintenance Department, had worked at the power plant in
St. John and the salt mines in Hutchinson, was dreyman for Santa Fe
Railroad, was owner/operator of Wayne's Bicycle Shop in St. John and was
known as the Onion King of Stafford County.
Fehrenbacher was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Seward.
Survivors include three sons, Melvin John Fehrenbacher of Topeka, Lawrence
Daniel Fehrenbacher of Cleveland, Ohio, and Joseph R. Fehrenbacher of
Wichita; three daughters, Helen Skidmore and Anna Lucido, both of Atchison,
and Teresa Whiting of Great Bend; one brother, Howard Fehrenbacher of
Kinsley; one sister, Louise Harter of St. John; 23 grandchildren; and 10
great-grandchildren.
Rosary will be at 6:30 tonight at Minnis Chapel in St. John. Funeral will
be at the church with the Rev. Rene Guesnier officiating. Burial will be at
St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Seward. Friends may call until 6:30 tonight
at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the church or Medicalodge
Gazeebo Fund, both in care of the funeral home. 

Clayton Sidney Morrison
1938-2000
Clayton Sidney Morrison, 61, died April 14 at Central Kansas Medical
Center, St. Rose Campus in Great Bend. He was born Dec. 19, 1938, at Great
Bend, the son of Wayne and Dorothy Moses Morrison. He married Karyl J.
Palmer Norton June 2, 1973, at Great Bend. He was a graduate of Great Bend
High School and University of Kansas. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, he
had been vice president of Thurman-Morrison & Associates.
Morrison was a member of First Congregational, United Church of Christ,
serving as past chairman of board of trustees. He served on USD 428 Board
of Education from 1969-1973 and Barton County Community College Board of
Trustees from 1989-91. He was co-chairman of the Barton County Strategic
Plan in conjunction with the Barton County Economic Development Commission,
past president of Barton County Independent Insurance Agents, served on the
governing board of Kansas Workmen's Compensation Insurance Plan and served
four years on BCCC Foundation Board, three as president. He was chairman of
Great Bend Vision 2000 Steering Committee, on the Bank IV board of
directors, Kansas Calvary member, past president and director of Great Bend
Industrial Development, past president of Great Bend Rotary Club, past
Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge and was past commander of Omer Commandery No.
14.
Survivors include his wife of the home; four sons, Mark Morrison of
Wichita, Kyle Morrison of Salina, J.B. Morrison of Topeka and Clint
Morrison of Chicago, Ill.; two daughters, Kim Fountain of Gladstone, Mo.,
and Marla Morrison of Kansas City, Mo.; his mother of Great Bend; and one
grandson.
There will be a private family memorial service. Family will receive
friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Bryant-Christians Funeral Home in Great
Bend. Memorials are suggested to Great Bend Humane Society, in care of the
funeral home. 


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