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Eldon Jantz

Posted 4/20/2017

MODESTO,  Calif. – Eldon Jantz passed away at 90 years of age in April, 2017, after his wife of 66 years, Margaret (Koehn), pre-deceased him in 2015.  

He is survived by a sister, Winifred Koehn, Halstead, brother Ross Jantz, Plano, Texas, brother-in-law Boyd Koehn, Halstead, son Phil Jantz (Tonja), California, son Mark Jantz (Lori), Oregon, daughter Barbara Grigsby, Idaho, daughter Marilyn Wheeler (Harold), California, eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and extended family.

Eldon was born in December of 1926. One of nine children of Sam and Emma Jantz, he spent his early life on farms in Oklahoma and Kansas.  He served a hitch in the U.S. Army and after discharge married and moved to Colorado. They moved to Southern California, raising a family and staying active in their church. After a move to Northern California in the early 80s he retired from the hardware business in 2013 and moved to Modesto where they enjoyed a relaxed environment keeping busy with family, church and friends.

A memorial service was held April 14, 2017, and remembrances may be made to Parkview Christian Estates or Christ Community Church, both of Modesto, California.

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Richard "Rich" B. Kliewer

Posted 4/20/2017

Richard "Rich" B. Kliewer, 71, passed away expectantly at his home in Hesston on April 13, 2017 after recovering from a long illness. He was born Dec. 6, 1945 to Herman and Verna Mae (Regier) Kliewer Epp in Aurora, Neb.

Richard attended Aurora High School two years as a top and well-known athlete in football, basketball and track. He then switched to Henderson High School where he again was a great athlete. In track he broke records that still exist. He was homecoming king, president of his class and baritone player in the band. He graduated in 1964.

He was a member of the Mennonite Brethren Church in Henderson.

Richard attended Tabor College in Hillsboro three years on a basketball scholarship and quit due to a sports injury. He then moved to Halstead where he worked as a surgical technician for two years at the Halstead Hospital. He worked at Mobile Oil Company and later at Hesston Corporation for 26 years. Due to health problems, he retired at the age of 55.

In the past, he had enjoyed fishing and camping at Marion Reservoir and he received several Distinguished Angler Awards from Kansas Fish and Game Commission. He was a championship bowler at the Halstead Bowling Alley in the 1970s. He loved gardening, classic country music, stamp and coin collecting and was a Nebraska Huskers fan.

He was married to Marcia A. Wilson and had a stepson, Blaine A. Thomas. They later parted but in the last few years, Marcia was a caregiver to him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father Adolph Epp and sister Betty Penner.

He is survived by a brother Ardean (Jackie) Kliewer, Minnesota, nieces Sharon Penner and Donna Penner Cabaniss, two step-sisters, Sharon Orr and Janet Kliewer, nephew Clinton Kliewer, niece Amy Nelson, two great-nieces, a great-nephew and many cousins.

Graveside Services are private with burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Pastor Dave Froese will preside.

Memorials are suggested to Mennonite Brethren Church in Henderson, Nebraska and sent in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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Robert "Bob" Keith Kroulik

Posted 4/20/2017

WICHITA – Robert “Bob” Keith Kroulik, 73, passed away at St. Frances Hospital April 1, 2017. He was born to Stanley and Rosalie (Sulvain) in Bellville, on April 30, 1943.

He married the love of his life, Lelah Jean, in Concordia on Nov. 19, 1960.

Bob got a job as a truck driver at National By Products. They bought and moved to a house in the country just outside Bentley, Kansas in 1967 where they raised their five kids. Bob worked his way up to plant supervisor and retired in January 1990, and they eventually moved to Wichita. He loved life and being with his family.

He is survived by his wife Lelah Jean, his children Robert (Robin) Kroulik of Sedgwick, Karen (Craig) Baxter of Sedgwick, Tony (Deborah) Kroulik of Bentley, Alan (Megan) Kroulik of Wichita and Rosalie (Steve) Stites of Halstead, 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, brother Marvin Kroulik, and sister Linda Demanette.

He is preceded by his parents, Stanley and Rosalie, brothers Tony and Leroy and great-grandson Sam Kroulik.

A private graveside service will be held. Condolences may be left for the family at

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Steven D. Hanes

Posted 4/13/2017

HALSTEAD—Steven D. Hanes, 71, died April 5, 2017 at Newton Medical Center, Newton, KS.

He was born June 28, 1945 at Great Bend to George David and Caroline (Siegrist) Legan.  He was later adopted by Maurice and Caroline Hanes.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Halstead.

In November of 1962 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served three tours in Vietnam with the 571st UTT Unit.

During his working life he was employed as a leadman/supervisor for CertainTeed, Idaho Timber and Central Kansas Truss.

On January 24, 1970 he married Sharon Kay Shearhart at McPherson. They have one daughter, Staci (Joel) Pieper of Lavon, TX.

He later married Joyce (Smith) Schowalter on December 23, 1995 at Halstead; she survives.

Other survivors include stepson Scott (Elise) Schowalter, Edgewood, KY; stepdaughters Andrea (Brad) Gatz, Katy, TX; and Heidi Edgemon, Guyton GA; seven step-grandchildren and five step-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, John Hanes and a sister Gwendolyn Overmeyer.

A memorial service will be held at a future date.

Memorial gifts may be given to the American Heart Association in care of Kaufman Funeral Home, Halstead.

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Raymond "Dennis" Russell

Posted 4/13/2017

Raymond “Dennis” Russell, 68, of Halstead, Kansas passed away April 1, 2017 at his home in Halstead. Dennis was a 1966 graduate of Greensburg High School and a veteran of the United States Army, serving as a medical lab technician on the U.S. base in Okinawa during the Vietnam War. 

Dennis worked as a lab technician for over 40 years in Kansas and Colorado, almost always in hometown hospitals where he could enjoy small-town life and his neighbors.  He retired to Halstead in 2012.  Dennis’s quirky humor was a favorite among his family, as was his passion for writing, cars (“hot rods”), hunting, and football.  

Dennis is preceded in death by his parents Robert Isaac Russell and Buelah LaVene Martin, and his stepfather Paul Hunter, all of Greensburg, Kansas, and brothers Robert Michael “Mike” Russell and Richard Patrick “Pat” Russell. 

He is survived by his furry sidekick Tilly, his brother Ralph Timothy “Tim” Russell, his daughter Tiffany Sowa, husband Dennis of Coldwater, KS, grandson Nick of Denver, CO, and grandchildren Jonah and Camille of Coldwater, KS, and his son Brandon Russell, wife Megan, and granddaughter Hannah all of Andover, KS, as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Funeral arrangements are pending.  Memorials may be sent to YFC Aspiring Artist Award Scholarship, PO Box 422, Coldwater, KS 67029.

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