Clay Co., KS AHGP-Obituaries "K"


Clay County Obits "K"


If you have any obituaries published before 1923 that you would like to contribute to the page, please send them to me and I will add them. Obituaries published after 1922 will be abstracted to avoid copyright violations. Unless otherwise noted, obits below are abstracted from the Clay Center Dispatch. Other obituaries may be found in extractions from the Wakefield (part 1), Wakefield (part 2), Industry and Morganville newspapers found elsewhere on this site.
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Hannah Catherine Greep, youngest daughter of George and Catherine Greep, was born at Galva, Illinois, August 22, 1859, and departed this life at her home near Longford, January 30, 1916, age 56 years, 5 months and 8 days. She grew to womanhood in her native place and was married there October 2, 1881, to Jacob A. Kail. To this union was born one son, William, who with her husband, survives her. Mr. and Mrs. Kail came to Kansas in 1884 and settled on a farm about four miles east of Longford which has since been the family home. When the Rebekah Degree I.O.O.F. was organized in Longford, Mrs. Kail became a charter member. Her health began to fail about a year ago, although it was only for the past ten weeks that her malady was thought to be serious. Her courage and patience in sickness and pain were wonderful. Her husband, son, sister and other friends were in constant attendance at her bedside. All that human power could do was one for her, but all in vain. She said to her sister, "All is well with me, I am not afraid to go if it is to be that way." She is survived by her husband, son, her sister, Mrs. Lizzie Greep of Longford, three brothers, David and John Greep of Longford and Abel Greep of Galva, Illinois--all of whom were with her during her last illness. (Longford Leader, Jan. 20, 1916)
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KARIGER, EADA EDITH (Walker)
Kariger:--Edith Walker was born March 10, 1862, and died at the home of her daughter at Carey, Idaho, on June 9, 1920, aged 58 years, 2 months and 29 days. Her last sickness was a serious mountain fever, which with serious complications, hastened her death. She was married to J.T. Kariger and to this union nine daughters were born, all of whom survive their mother,and were present at her funeral. Besides her daughters, she leaves three brothers, Ed, Will and George Walker, and two sisters, Mrs. Wm. Knowlton and Mrs. Wm. Oppenlander, of this city, and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In early childhood she united with the Christian church and attended its services for many years. The funeral occurred Sunday afternoon, at the First Baptist church, conducted by Wallace Carpenter, pastor of that church, and internment was in Greenwood cemetery. The pallbearers were sons-in-law of the deceased. (Times Clay Center, KS June 17, 1920)
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Ralph N. Keener; born Nov. 3, 1932 at Wakefield, the son of Lee and Augusta Bregan Keener; died Feb. 25, 2004; preceded in death by two sisters and one brother; survived by three sons, one brother; one sister; and four grandchildren; burial Emmanuel Cemetery, Topeka
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Clarence "Chunk" Keim, age 77, died Sunday, June 3, 2007, in Mulvane. Survivors include: wife of 55 years, Doris Keim, Mulvane; daughter, Jeanne Keim, Mulvane; siblings, Mike Keim, Spearfish, SD, Catherine Butler, Abilene, Opal Guernsey, Haines City, FL, Jerry Keim, Wakefield; graveside service 1:30 p.m. Friday at Prairiedale Cemetery.
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Dorotha A. Keim, 88, died Sunday, April 15, 2007, at Clay Center; born June 4, 1918, at Oklahoma, the daughter of George and Nellie (Young) Emrich; married Milton Keim on June 4, 1946; he preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 1988; also preceded in death by one brother; survived by one son, Jerry Keim and wife Jan of Wakefield; two stepsons, Mike Keim and wife Dorothy of Spearfish, S.D. and Clarence Keim and wife Doris of Mulvane; two stepdaughters, Catherine Butler of Abilene and Opal Wood of Dallas, Tex.; three sisters, Pearl McMillan of St. Louis, Mo., Arlene Smith of Perry and Lorene Cecil of Aurora, Mo.; one brother, Jim Emrich of Minneapolis; 15 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; burial in Prairie Dale Cemetery, Talmage.
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Jean Eujeanie Kitchener Keesling, 84, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006, at Mankato; born Sept. 18, 1921, in Michigan, the daughter of Stanley and Helen (Witkiewic) Chizanowski; married Frederick Kitchener in 1945; he preceded her in death in 1977; married Joe Keesling in 1981; he preceded her in death in 2004; also preceded in death by two sons, David and Robert Kitchener, three sisters and one brother; survived by two daughters, Shana Ruthstrom of Mankato and Trudy Yingling of Windfield; one brother, Don Marczak of Oregon; one sister, Helen Ribble of Kalkaska, Mich.; three step-sons, Mike Keesling of Garden City, Jim Keesling of Arkansas and David Keesling of Colorado; ten grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren; burial in Rose Meron Cemetery.
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James "Joe" Keesling; born Nov. 5, 1925, at Oakland, Calif., the son of Ernie and Clamenza (Sellers) Keesling; died April 9, 2004; married Eugenia Kitchener Sept. 3, 1981; survived by wife, three sons, one half-sister, five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery
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Charles "Tom" Keith born July 28, 1902, at Clay Center, the son of Francis and Hermanguard (Ellis) Keith; died Feb. 2, 2000 in Clifton; preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters; burial in in Greenwood Cemetery
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The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Keim died Saturday morning and was buried at Livington cemetery on Sunday. (Longford Leader, Dec. 12, 1912)
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Emerson David Kemp, 91, died Wednesday, July 30, 2003 in Manhattan; born September 24, 1911, at Clay County, the son of Ferdinand and Sarah (Shields) Kemp; married Nellie Harner on November 20, 1932; she preceded him in death on January 7, 1992; also preceded by one sister, Alta Belin; survivors include one son, Emerson and wife, Nancy Kemp, Idana; three daughters, Constance and husband, Terry Hinnen, Benton, Kan., Boneda and husband, Charles Williams, Parker, Colo., and Lanell and husband, Robert Finneran, Lawrence; ten grandchildren; five step grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; eight step great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren; burial in the Idana Cemetery
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John Kennedy, son of David Kennedy, passed away at his home in Coin, Gove county, Kansas, Jan. 10, 1914, aged sixteen years, four months and twenty two days. He was born near Green, Aug. 18, 1897, where he lived with his parents until seven years of age. He then moved with his parents to western Kansas. During the first part of last December he became ill with typhoid fever, which, after the death of his mother, he grew worse, until the Angel of Death called him home. He leaves a father, two brothers and three sisters, who loss now seems greater, their home being saddened one week before by the death of the mother. (CC Times, Jan. 27, 1914)
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Mrs. Laura Kennedy, wife of David Kennedy, died suddenly at her home near Coin, Gove county, Kansas, January 2, 1914. Laura Mallen was born near Green in the year 1877. During her girlhood she lived with her parents on a farm five miles north of Green, where, when ninteen years of age she was united in marriage to David Kennedy. She leaves to mourn her death a husband and six children, three of whom are ill with typhoid fever. She left the house apparently well and a few minutes later was found lying lifeless close by. She was a good Christian mother and has many friends both here and near Coin, who are sorry to hear of her sudden death and who sympathise deeply with Mr. Kennedy in his sorrow and bereavement. (CC Times, Jan. 15, 1914)
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Services for Annie Kerr were to be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Merl Schwensen chapel in Clay Center, with burial in the family plot at Greenwood cemetery. She was born near Coulterville, Ill., Aug. 23, 1874 to Mr. and Mrs. John Kerr, and came to Clay County with her family in 1884, locating in Blaine Twp. She is survived by a sister, Hannah, of the home; two nieces, Mrs. Bernard Landes, NYC and Mrs. Ralph Pickett, Lexington KY. unknown paper, Oct. 1, 1953
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Obituary: Grant William Kincaid was born January 16, 1867 in Adams county, Ohio and in 1873 went with his parents to Washington county, Kansas, later moving to Clay county in 1881. In 1888 he was united in marriage to Anna Cox, six children being born to this union, two of whom died in their infancy. In 1890 he moved to Oklahoma but after a short residence there returned to Clay county to reside on his father's farm. Twelve years ago he moved into Clay Center and for a number of years was engaged in the oil business, traveling a part of the time. About three years ago, with Eli Largent as a partner, he purchased the furniture stock, formerly known as the Phillip store, but later Mr. Largent selling his interest to E. E. Hoopes, the business became known as the Kincaid and Hoopes store. Mr. Kincaid died Thursday, Feb. 12, 1914, at the Clay Center hospital, where he was brought last week after an attack of appendicitis. He is survived by his wife; four children, Mrs. Herbert Peterson of Brainerd, Minnesota; Miss Martha, Will and Wayne at home; three brothers, O. E. Kincaid of this city; Dr. Frank Kincaid of Beloit and John KIncaid of Colton, Oklahoma; two sisters, Mrs. Alice Kuhn of Colorado and Miss Nellie of Cast, California. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the First M. E. church, members of the Masons and U. C. T. orders acting as pallbearers. Masonic rites followed at Greenwood cemetery. (CC Times, Feb. 19, 1914)
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Gretchen Marie King, 91, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2007, at Clay Center; born July 15, 1916, at Clay Center, the daughter of Bert and Elsie (Meier) Downing Sr.; married Hilton King on July 26, 1935; he preceded her in death on April 11, 1983; also preceded in death by one son, George King, three brothers and two sisters; survived by two daughters, Nancy Jo Doberer and husband Don of Clay Center and Dixie Schurle and husband Arlo of Austin, Tex.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
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KING, BESSIE ALMA (Harris)--Mrs. Bessie King of Enid, Okla., was burned to death at Wichita last Monday evening. She formerly lived in Morganville, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. J. Harris, being in business here a number of years ago. The funeral was held in Enid Wednesday November 20th. Mrs. King is well remembered by a great many people here who were very sorry to learn of her tragic death. (Morganville Tribune Morganville, KS Nov. 21, 1912)
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Walter M. Kirk, 80, retired U.S. Army master sergeant, died Wednesday, June 12, 1991; survived by wife, Mary Catherine; son, M. Ross of Wakefield; sister, Blendena Ray of Florida; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; burial Fort Riley Cemetery. (abstract, Wichita Eagle, June 14, 1991)
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Betty J. Kisby, 75, died Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at Topeka; born July 6, 1931, at Green River, Wyo., the daughter of Clyde and Louise (Zimmerman) Fagan; married Lloyd Kisby on Sept. 21, 1956; survived by her husband, Lloyd Kisby of Clifton; four sons, Ronald Kisby of Topeka, David Kisby of Clifton, Steve Kisby and wife Sherry of Clifton and George Kisby of Clifton; sister-in-law, Ellen Fagan of Austin, Tex. and four grandchildren, Shera and Jason Long of Linn, Shane Kisby of Manhattan and Seth Kisby of Clifton; burial in Riverdale Cemetery
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Hazel V. Klocke, 94, Clay Center, died Nov. 21; born July 18, 1903, at Leonardville; married Homer Lindstrom on Nov. 28, 1923; he died in 1971; married Martin Klocke; he died in 1995; survived by two daughters, Dorothy Rundquist, Clay Center, and Twila Hendrickson, Clifton; a stepson, Larry Klocke, Randolph; a brother, Earl Lawson, Leonardville; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson; burial at Crooked Creek Cemetery, north of Leonardville. (abstract, Manhattan Mercury, Nov. 23, 1997)
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Rev. Leslie F. Klocke; born Feb. 13, 1907, at Randolph, the son of Louis and Elizabeth (Sand) Klocke; died Feb. 24, 2004; married Emma Smith Aug. 1, 1935, at Cleburne, Kan. who preceded him in death July 10, 1985; also preceded in death by four brothers, Harry, Martin, George and Elmer Klocke; survived by one sister; burial in the Riverside Cemetery at Waterville, Kan.
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Marjorie E. Klocke, 77, died Monday, August 11, 2003, at the Clay Center; born June 24, 1926, at Clay Center, the daughter of George and Cordelia (Clark) Stitt; married November 20, 1947, at Clifton to Elden Klocke; preceded in death by one brother, Dale Stitt, and one sister, Lucille Berggren; survivors include her husband, Elden Klocke of the home at Clay Center; two sons, Gerald Klocke and Arlan Klocke and wife, Connie, all of Wichita; two sisters, Clella Jones and Georgia Wieland both of Clay Center; and four grandchildren; burial in the Ebenezer Cemetery
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W. L. Knickerbocker, a well known and long time resident of Clay county, died at his home in Idana last Friday night after a long illness, at the age of seventy one years, six months and fifteen days. Mr. Knickerbocker suffered with rheumatism the greater part of his life, but death was the result of erysipelas. The deceased was born in the state of New York, May 6, 1842 and in the '70s went to Michigan and there was united in marriage to Miss Clara L. Belknap, to which union was born one child, Mrs. Florence Hare, of Broughton, this county. In January of 1876 Mr. Knickerbocker came to Kansas and in this state occurred his second marriage, to Mrs. Caroline Maurer, occurring Dec. 24, 1891. For a number of years they resided on a farm four miles southwest of Idana, but six years ago moved into Idana, where the home has since been. Besides the wife and daughter, two stepdaughters are living: Mrs. A. R. Walker of Idana and Mrs. B. B. Barker of Guthrie, Oklahoma. The funeral services were held at 10 o'clock Sunday morning at the Idana Presbyterian church. Burial was made in the Idana cemetery. (CC Times, Nov. 27, 1913)
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Ross Robert Knitter, 69, died Friday, March 30, 2007, at Wichita; born Aug. 11, 1937, at Clay Center, the son of George "Pete" and Etta Ione (Holladay) Knitter; married Reta Trudell on June 2, 1957; survived by his wife, Reta Knitter of Clay Center; one son, Kevin Knitter of Clay Center; one daughter, Karmen Webb of Wamego; one brother, Joe Knitter of Clay Center; and six grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
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Earl Herman Kobetich, 94, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at Clay Center; born June 25, 1913, in Clay County, the son of Edward J. and Lulu Augusta (Kidwell) Kobetich; married Verna Gibbs on Feb. 16, 1938; she preceded him in death on May 12, 1998; also preceded in death by three brothers; survived by one daughter, Beverly Rosenow and husband Darrell of Lubbock, Tex.; three granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren; burial in Athelstane Cemetery
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Edward J. Kobetich, 65, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, at his home in Hutchinson; born Oct. 8, 1941, at Clay Center, the son of John Edward and Hilda I. (Ayres) Kobetich; married Jane Ella Birney on June 11, 1977, at Newark, Del.; survived by his wife, Jane Kobetich; two sons, Randall Kobetich of West Chester, Penn. and Bradley Kobetich of Hendersonville, Tenn.; two daughters, Jenice Bragg of Bear, Del. and Dawn Deckman of Rising Sun, Md.; one sister, Ann Kaufman of Moundridge; 11 grandchildren; and one great- granddaughter; no burial information.
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The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Koch, of Exeter Twp., died late last Wednesday afternoon, May 13, 1914. Burial was made in the German Lutheran cemetery. (CC Times, May 21, 1914)
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Betty Jane Koerner, 78, died Monday, March 20, 2006 in Topeka; born Feb. 15, 1928 to Samuel and Mildred (Carlisle) Wright in Bald Knob, Ark; married Charles Koerner on Feb. 15, 1947 Manhattan, Kan.; preceded in death by her husband, Charles; and two sisters; survivors include one daughter, Patsy and husband Guy Hughes of St. George; one son Dennis and wife Jenny Koerner of Madison, Ala.; two sisters, Jean Peterle of Chapman; and Bonnie Piper of Junction City; four grandsons; and five great-grandchildren; burial at Highland Cemetery in Wakefield.
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Charles J. Koerner, 73, of Wakefield, died Friday, May 2 at Irwin Army Hospital; born March 24, 1924 in rural Wakefield; U.S. Army veteran of World War II and Korea; preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters; married Betty Wright on Feb. 25, 1947 in Manhattan; survived by his wife; son, Dennis Koerner, Hunstville, Ala.; daughter, Patsy Hughes, St. George; and sister, Edna Carroll, Chapman; also four grandsons; burial in Highland Cemetery, Wakefield. (abstract, Manhattan Mercury, May 4, 1997)
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Chellan "Bud" Dale Kopfer, 82, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, at Enterprise; born Sept. 19, 1924, at Oak Hill, the son of Frank and Sarah (Young) Kopfer; married Loretta Mosberg on March 16, 1956; she preceded him in death on July 17, 2000; also preceded by three sisters and one brother; survived by two sons, Kellan Kopfer and wife Michelle of Oak Hill and Kelly Kopfer and wife Janene of Derby; one daughter, Lori Brown and husband William of Abilene; and six grandchildren; burial in Rose Meron Cemetery, Clay County.
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Duane Everett Kolterman, 80, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007, at Topeka; born Aug. 7, 1927, at Ridgeway, Mo., the son of Arthur and Mildred (Peterson) Kolterman; married Patsy Walker on Aug. 12, 1951; she preceded him in death on Feb. 13, 2004; survived by two sons, Jay Kolterman and wife Shelly of Green and Greg Kolterman and wife Tracy of Kansas City, Mo.; one daughter, Ann Weis and husband Mike of Salina; one sister, Irma Lou Hirsch and husband William of Kansas City, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
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Anna Mae Kondratieff, 86, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008 at Clay Center; born Oct. 26, 1921, in Moreland, Idaho, the daughter James W. and Windess E. (Crites) Carnahan; married Igor Kondratieff in 1944; he preceded her in death in 1965; also preceded in death by a son, Neil, and two brothers; survived by three sons, Nick and wife Jeanette Kondratieff, Clay Center, Michael and wife Lynda Kontratieff, Seattle, Wash., and Kenneth Kondratieff, Clay Center; one sister Jeanne Boling, Topeka; and one brother Paul Carnahan, Forbestown, Calif; four grandchildren and five great- grandchildren; burial at the Greenwood Cemetery
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Betty Lou Kramer, 76, died Saturday, May 20, 2006, in Longford; born Jan. 19, 1930, at Clyde, the daughter of Enoch and Matilda (Rothfuss) Beals; married Jay Kramer May 16, 1948; preceded in death by one brother and two sisters; survivors include her husband Jay Kramer of Longford; three sons, Kim Kramer and wife Wava of Longford; Jan Kramer and wife Gloria of Onaga and Von Kramer and wife Kim of Longford; one brother, Stanley Beals and wife Betty of Clay Center; three sisters, Jackie Mandrell and husband Benny of Phoenix, Ariz., Leah Simpson of Salina and Inez Comfort of Bartelsville, Okla.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren; burial in Rose Meron Cemetery
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Aaron Kregar, age 75 years, died very suddenly at his home in Industry on April 7th. Besides his wife he leaves four children, including Mrs. Emma Fulton of Abilene. The funeral was held at the church in Industry Monday afternoon. Burial was in Abilene Cemetery. Circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Kregar are unusually sad. He was afflicted with an attack of bronchitis and in taking a dose of medicine, part of the fluid entered his trachea, resulting in a violent coughing spell which ended in his death. He was an old settler. (Longford Leader, April 13, 1916)
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Mildred Kretzmeier born April 16, 1900, in Wakefield, the daughter of Emerson and Lenora (Losey) Knepper; died Feb. 3, 2000 at Clay Center; married Elwood E. Kretzmeier Sept. 18, 1918, and he preceded her in death Sept. 5, 1974; also preceded by a son, a daughter, four brothers and two sisters; survived by a sister, five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery
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Val Jene Kunze, 79, died Friday, June 8, 2007, at Leonardville; born Feb. 5, 1928, at Manhattan, the son of Clayton and Isabelle (Stoffel) Kunze; married Mildred Killman on April 10, 1955; survived by his wife, Mildred Kunze of the home at Leonardville; four daughters, Marlene Kunze Dolan and husband Frank of Manhattan, Diane Huffman of Olathe, Jean Kunze Peterson and husband Jay of Leonardville and Jill Reynard and husband Jay of Riley; one sister, Patsy Johnson and husband Marvin of Olsburg; and two grandchildren; burial in Greenwood Cemetery
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