Mike Nicholson was born and raised in Hoisington, Kansas. He graduated from Hoisington High in 1986, where he was involved in basketball, cross-country and track. After HHS, Mike attended Barton County Community College for one year on a golf scholarship. His second year of college was in Lindsborg at Bethany College, where he played basketball. He then transferred to Kansas State University where he completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing in 1991. Mike worked for Feist Publications in Wichita for several years, then decided to come back to work for his father in the funeral home business after completing his Mortuary Science Degree in Kansas City. He has been in Great Bend since 1994, and works for his father, Bill Nicholson, who owns both Bryant and Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Homes. Mike enjoys finding time for community service. He is a member of the Great Bend Kiwanis, Hoisington Mason’s, Barton County Community College Foundation Board, and a Deacon and Board Member at the First Christian Church. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting, yard work, BCCC and KSU sporting events, and spending time with his family and friends. Mike is married to Tammy and they have four young children: Ryan, Drew, Addy, and Ben.
A 1996 University of Central Oklahoma graduate, Chad is a lifetime proud resident of Great Bend. He served his apprenticeships at Hahn Cook Street and Draper Funeral Home, Oklahoma City, OK, Pohlman's Mortuary, Russell, KS, worked at Smith Family Mortuaries, Wichita, KS, and moved back to Great Bend in May 2000.
He and his wife, Kristy (VanWinkle) have four children; Kaitlyn, Max, Zoe and Noah. Chad is a past president and member of the Great Bend Optimist Club, past District President of KFDA, member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Great Bend Cemetery Board, Thrivent Board and Holy Family School Council. Chad enjoys family vacations, music, Church volunteerism, and the many amenities and joys of small town leadership and living.
Larry Bryant joined the Bryant Funeral Home staff on September 1, 1976, having been a funeral director in Garden City and at Bryant-Fryberger Mortuary in Great Bend. A graduate of Great Bend High School, he served in the United States Navy during World War Two. Following his military service, he graduated from the Eckels School of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia before returning to Great Bend to enter the funeral business. Mr. Bryant died June 6, 2011, spending sixty-two years in funeral service. Mr. Bryant was active in community organizations over the years and served on the Barton County Division of the Kansas Heart Association, he was a public relations director of the Barton County Cancer Society and was the recipient of the Jaycees' Distinguished Service Award in 1953. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and had served on numerous committees of the church. He was a member of the American Legion Argonne Post 180, the Barton County Historical Society and the Golden Belt Community Concert Association. Mr. Bryant and his wife, Aileen, had one son, Craig, and one daughter, Lexie Frankovich.