Image of Terry Graff

Terry Graff

Jul 17, 1954 - Sep 16, 2023

location-icon

Sterling, KS

Terry Gene Graff, passed away at 10:40 A. M. , Saturday, September 16, 2023, at the Lyons Medical Center. Terry was born to Frederick and Alta Graff on July 17, 1954, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois. He graduated from Central High School in Camp Point, Illinois in 1973. Terry entered military service in the United States Army on August 22, 1977 as a 19E armor crewman. He served six years and five months before being honorably discharged due to medical reasons. He obtained the rank of St...Read More

Obituary Source:https://www.birzerfuneralhomes.com/obituary/Terry-Graff

flowers

Memorial Card

In memory of your loved one, we offer a heartfelt way to express your condolences. Click below to send a beautiful memorial card to the obituary, extending your sympathies and sharing in the remembrance of a life well-lived.

Ila Marie (Proffitt) Linder

Aug 20, 1936 - Feb 17, 2024

location-icon

Sterling, KS

Ila Marie (Proffitt) Linder August 20, 1936-February 17, 2024 A proud product of the prairie, Ila Marie Proffitt was born on Augusts 20, 1936 in Sterling, Kansas. The only daughter of J.M. & Lutie (Towse) Proffitt, Ila joined big brothers Wayne and Billy. Eventually baby brother, Gary, joined the scene. Endless memories were soon made by the Proffitt four, first, out in the sandhills by Alden, then south of Sterling in pastures near the Arkansas River. Ila was proud to be the daughter and sister of farmers and she herself was active in 4H and completing before and after school farm chores. Ila graduated form Sterling High School in 1955, where she participated in band, FHA, 4H & Y-Teens. After high school, Ila attended Grace School of Nursing in Hutchinson, Kansas and graduated as a proud Registered Nurse. It was her nursing school classmate, Irene, who would introduce her to a young Army man, Rex Linder. Rex and Ila were married at Sterling United Methodist Church on September 29, 1958. The army would take Rex & Ila and their four children, Cathy, Roger, Mike, and Nancy to Kansas, Germany, Georgia and Washington, moving a total of 19 times. With four kids in tow, there was no doubt where Ila would go during Rex’s two tours in Vietnam: home to Sterling. After Rex’s retirement from the U.S. Army, the family settled in Clay Center, Kansas. After the kids were done with high school, Ila began working at the Clay County Health Department until she retired as the Director In 1997. With the retirement chapter ahead of them, Ila and Rex knew where they should go: home to Sterling. Rex and Ila quickly settled in just south of town and enjoyed time gardening, spoiling their grandchildren, and spending time in their community. Never one to be fully still, Ila spent hours with her aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and of course- her brothers. Additionally, she worked a few hours a week at the Rice County Health Department in Lyons. After Rex’s passing in 2012, Ila moved into town and enjoyed traveling, lunching with friends, but most importantly, her family. She was proud to have raised a respiratory therapist, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, a pharmacist, and a teacher. She was incredibly proud of their grandchildren and their accomplishments in their personal and professional lives. She was especially keen on the addition of Megs, Hanna, Jaime, Eric, and Olivia. But, in all honesty, no one else could compare with Arya, Ryker, & Tommy- the great grands. Ila Proffitt Linder was meticulous. She was marvelous. She was our matriarch. She will always be missed. Ila was proceeded in death by her husband Rex, her brothers- Wayne (Ruth), Billy (Joann), and Gary (Joanna) Proffitt, her parents, J.M. & Lutie Proffitt, and her Linder brothers and sisters-in -law. She is survived by her four children, Cathy Lutz, Roger (Connie) Linder, Mike, and Nancy (Tom) Rundel, Her nine grandchildren, Maj. Jerad (Jaime) Linder, Dustin (Maeghan) Linder, Case Rundel, Emily Lutz, Will Lutz (Olivia Marks), Colton (Hanna) Rundel, Sam Linder, Elly Lutz (Eric Gordon), and John Linder. And three great grandchildren, Arya and Ryker Linder and Tommy Rundel. Other surviving family include brother-in-law, Gene Stout, sisters-in-law Donna and Paula Proffitt, and a host of Proffitt and Linder nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 24, 2024, at the First United Methodist Church, Sterling, with Pastor Amy Foster officiating. Burial will follow at the Sterling Community Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 P.M., Friday, February 23, 2024, at Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling, with family present from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church or Sterling Main Street in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling.

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon

Donald Ray Wilson

Sep 04, 1936 - Jan 28, 2024

location-icon

Sterling, KS

Donald Ray “Don” Wilson, 87, of Sterling, Kansas, passed away January 28, 2024, at his home. He was born September 4, 1936, in Osawatomie, Kansas, the son of Robert and Georgia (Stanton) Wilson. Don has resided in Sterling since 2014, formerly of Lenexa, Overland Park, Kansas, and Orange County, California. He graduated from Osawatomie High School in 1954. Don served in the United States Navy as an air traffic control operator from June, 1954 until 1958. After returning from the service, Don received his bachelor’s degree in science education, with a major in social science from Pittsburg State University where he received their distinguished service award in 2007 and 2009. While attending college he was a founding member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity Chapter. He later earned a master’s degree in education administration from Long Beach State University in 1968. After teaching history for junior high students in Buena Park, CA Don became an Orange County Assistant Superintendent specializing in curriculum serving 27 school districts in Orange County, California. Don created and owned School Administrators’ Publishing Company, LLC from 1982-2022 until he handed the business over to his daughter Rebecca Diaz. Don became a bestselling author and publisher writing evaluation books designed specifically for school superintendences and principals throughout the United States and Australia. He also wrote a personnel evaluation book for the US Military. Don was an active member of the Osawatomie Kansas High School Alumni Association. He, along with his brother Ralph Wilson, were enthusiastic members of their Gorilla Club at Pitt State for many decades. During his career in education Don participated in many civic organizations which included the International Rotary Association as a Director and the Orange County Legal Association. Don’s dry sense of humor was one of his best attributes and he enjoyed visiting with people about many subjects, including politics. He was an accomplished woodworker and showed his fine artistic skills throughout his many years. He always prided himself on his well equipped garage so he could tackle any idea he may have come up with. For a few years, while living in Newport Beach, CA he enjoyed building dog houses for friends that in detail match their own homes. However, in his later years he resorted to busying himself with projects highlighting his splicing and duck taping work. He hated the unsightly look of hanging cords. There was always a corner or wall that needed repair from his not so delicate scooter rides around the house. He also enjoyed attending all high school and Sterling college football or basketball games. Donald R Wilson was a unique man. He had a sharp tongue and a short fuse but his smile, humor and generosity was first class. He is survived by his three children, Tracee Van Slyke and husband Dan of Glide, OR, Jennifer Wilson of Murrieta, CA, Rebecca Diaz and fiancé Steve Eidson of Sterling, KS; sister, Linda Lockey of Sterling, KS; three grandchildren, Lindsee Coke and husband Jeremiah, Levi Van Slyke and wife Rochelle, and Samuel Ray Diaz; several great-grandchildren; and beloved nieces and nephews. Don is preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Terri Rae Wilson; brother, Ralph Wilson; and nephew, Matthew Beumer. Funeral service will be on Friday, February 9th, 6:00pm at Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling, with Christian Dashiell officiating and Military honors by the United States Navy Honor Guard. Burial will be at 1:00pm Osawatomie Cemetery, Osawatomie, KS the following afternoon Saturday, February 10th. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling.

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon

Tommy Eugene Gray

Jul 08, 1955 - Jan 29, 2024

location-icon

Sterling, KS

Tommy Eugene Gray, 68, of Pawnee Rock, Kansas, passed away January 29, 2024, at Sterling Village, Sterling. He was born July 8, 1955, in Yale, Oklahoma, the son of Melvin Eugene and Norma Lee (Allen) Gray. Tommy was a near lifelong Pawnee Rock and Great Bend, Kansas resident. He worked as a derrick hand in the oil field. Tommy enjoyed fishing, canoeing, gardening, tinkering in his shop, and was an avid pool player. On November 24, 1988, Tommy was united in marriage with Carol J. Welker. He is survived by his wife, Carol Gray of Lyons, KS; son, Casey Dulhanty and wife Jenny of Granby, CO; daughter, Tara Johnson and husband Nicholas of Lyons, KS; two brothers, William Dolezal and wife Jolene of NE, and Rusty Gray of Hutchinson, KS; three sisters, Diane Willesden of Great Bend, KS, Treasa Hester of NM, and Kathy Hughes and husband Bob of MA; and four grandchildren, Kannon Dulhanty, Keegan Dulhanty, Donna Jo Johnson, and Juliette Johnson. Tommy is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Rodney Gray; and two sisters, Ruby Byerly and Rhonda Krom. A celebration of life service will be held from 5:00 until 8:00 P.M., Thursday, February 2, 2024 at the Eagles in Great Bend, Kansas. Burial will be at the Springdale Cemetery, Chase, Kansas, at a later date. The family suggests memorials be given to Carol Gray to help with expenses in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons. To to the family, please

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon

Joyce Maxine Hoschouer

Jul 05, 1937 - Jan 25, 2024

location-icon

Sterling, KS

Joyce Maxine Hoschouer, 86, of Nickerson, died January 25, 2024, at Sterling Village. She was born July 5, 1937, in Riverton, NE, to Raphael T. and Opal E. (Simmons) Benedict. In addition to being a homemaker, Joyce worked as a nurse’s aide, and at Western Foods, and as a foster parent. Being with family and cooking for them was the most important thing in her life. Joyce was a member of Nickerson Christian Church (now Christ’s Bible Church). On July 23, 1955, she married Everett E. Hoschouer, in Hastings, NE. He died August 18, 2015. Joyce is survived by: her son, Stanley Hoschouer (Kayelene) of Nickerson; daughter, Shawna Adams of Hutchinson; daughter-in-law, Trudie Hoschouer of Lansing; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many extended family members. She was preceded in death by: her father; mother, Opal Braun; son, Steve Hoschouer; sister, Claudene Johnson; niece, Joan Hoschouer; good friend, Bev Herren; and beloved dogs, Honey, Scooter, Bruiser, Sissy, and Yo-Yo. Graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at Wildmead Cemetery on West Cemetery Road, in Nickerson. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the family present to receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, at Elliott Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cause for Paws, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon

Kathie June Zielke Keimig

Oct 05, 1952 - Jan 17, 2024

location-icon

Sterling, KS

Kathie June Zielke Keimig, 71, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at her home near Sterling, Kansas. She was born October 5, 1952, the oldest child of John and June Zielke. She grew up in Hesston, Kansas where she graduated from Hesston High School in 1970. She attended Hutchinson Community College, graduating in 1972 with a degree in Nursing. During her time in college she met and fell in love with Michael Keimig. They were married on August 5, 1972. Michael and Kathie were blessed with four daughters, Kellie, Krisha, Katie, and Kendra. Kathie was baptized at Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston and after marriage attended the Sterling Evangelical Mennonite Church. She was actively involved in the church, both teaching Sunday school classes and directing the AWANA program. Kathie spent 38 years in the Nursing profession and 46 years alongside her husband building their business, Keimig Harvesting. Throughout those years she invested in many lives by cooking meals, mentoring, and never-ending support. Longtime customers and employees became lifelong friends. Those who preceded her in death are her parents, John and June and her parents-in-law, Kenneth and Odetta Keimig. Survivors include Michael Keimig, her loving husband of 51 years; daughter, Kellie (Jay), Emily Sheppard, Karsyn, and Lauryn Schmalzried, Dighton, KS; daughter, Krisha (Todd), Ava, Garrison, Addy, and Ayla Zerger, Salina, KS; daughter, Katie (Seth), Elijah, Miriam, Annabelle, and Judiah Sanders, Bartlesville, OK; daughter, Kendra (Vince), Brooklyn, and Alli Martinez, Parker, CO; sister, Karen (Dave) Zumwalt, Wichita, KS; brother, John Zielke, Goessel, KS; Jim (Patti) Zielke, Weddington, NC; sister-in-law, Glenna (Rob) Nance, Weston, MO; brother-in-law, Steven (Tammy) Keimig, Isabel, KS, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, January 22, 2024, at the Sterling Evangelical Bible Church, with Pastor Phil Carroll officiating. Burial will follow at the Peace Creek Cemetery, rural Sterling. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M., Sunday, January 21, 2024, at Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling, with family present. Memorial contributions may be made to Sterling Evangelical Bible Church in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling. To to the family, please

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon

Betty Preston Hullman

Jan 30, 1929 - Jan 07, 2024

location-icon

Sterling, KS

Sterling, Kansas Dateline: Betty (Preston) Hullman, age 94 was welcomed home by her Lord and Savior on Jan. 7, 2024 at her home in Sterling, KS. She was born on Jan. 30, 1929 at Ford, KS., the daughter of Clem Scott and Elizabeth Ethel (Trimpa) Preston. Betty was a homemaker and a long-time resident of rural Stafford County, KS., prior to moving to Sterling, KS. She also had been a school teacher and was a member of Peace Church, where she taught Sunday school and served on various church committees. She was a member of her local Extension Homemakers Unit. On June 6, 1954 she married Loren Anton Hullman at Ford, KS.; he preceded her in death. Betty is survived by two sons, Kim H. (Helen) Hullman, St. John, KS., Michael L. Hullman, St. John, KS; a daughter, Cindy M. (Curtis) Beechan, Sterling, KS; three grandchildren, Jonathan L. Hullman, Christopher E. Hullman and Alexys E. Beechan; two sister-in-laws, Norma Blakeslee and Lu Ann Hullman; caregiver, Jeanine Payton; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Loren, brothers, Frank, Scott, Bill, Harold, Kenneth and Bob Preston; sisters, Vera Schellhamer, Burnice Shelly, Helen Morris, Katherine Campbell and Eleanor Helfrich. Visitation will be from 1-7 PM, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024 at Minnis Chapel, St. John, with family present from 3:30-5:30 PM. Funeral service will be at 2:00 PM, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024 at Peace Church, 492 NE 140th St., Hudson, KS., with Pastor Tonya Andrews, Wade Russell and Ed Preston presiding. Burial will follow in the Peace Church Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Peace Church in care of Minnis Chapel, P.O. Box 34, St. John, KS 67576.

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon

Susan Jennifer Johnson

Dec 01, 1958 - Jan 03, 2024

location-icon

Sterling, KS

Susan Jennifer Johnson, age 65, of Sterling Kansas passed away into the arms of Jesus on January 3, 2024. Susan was born in Clinton, Iowa to Oliver and Anita Parish on December 1, 1958. She graduated from Sterling College and adored her community of Sterling. Susan loved the Lord as her Savior and actively served God in her church, King’s Cross. She loved and supported her husband with all her heart. She held her children close and prayed for them often. Susan has selflessly taken care of her parents. Her dedication to the Lord, to her family, and to her church community and friends was exemplary and admirable. Her mother states that she was stubborn, knew what she wanted to do and then made it happen-but what she strove to do was honor God. Susan worked in several libraries over the years and was administrative assistant to the Superintendent in Remington USD 206 for 10 years. Sue loved running and competed at the collegiate level. She is preceded in death by her father, Oliver Parish. She is survived by: her mother, Anita Parish; her husband James Johnson; her daughter, Melissa Ford; her son, Scott Johnson; her son, Brad Johnson; two grandsons, Ethan Hawkins and Oliver Ford; her brother Robert Parish; and her sister, Janet Befus. Memorial service will be at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, January 13, 2024, at the First Presbyterian Church, Lyons, with Pastor Caleb Barrows and Pastor Robert Parish officiating. Burial will follow at the Sterling Community Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M., Friday, January 12, 2024, at Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling. Memorials may be given to Sterling College in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling.

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon

Skyler Logan Warren

Mar 29, 2000 - Dec 24, 2023

location-icon

Sterling, KS

Russell, KS 67665 785-483-2212? Natoma, KS 67651 785-885-4221? Skyler Logan Warren, 23, of Great Bend, Kansas, passed away from injuries from an automotive accident on Sunday, December 24, 2023 near Sterling, Kansas. Skyler was born March 29, 2000 in Hays, Kansas. He was the son of Brandon M. Warren and Jennifer Rosenberg.. He grew up mainly in the Goodland, Kansas, and Ellis, Kansas, area. He graduated from Ellis High School. Skyler was a cowboy and cattle wrangler for the Knights Feedlots. Skyler had to face many hurdles in life and was so kind hearted and had a contagious laugh. He enjoyed fishing, camping, singing and listening to rap music. The most important thing in his life was his daughter Luna and was looking forward to being a step-father. Skyler’s surviving family include his daughter, Luna Warren of Great Bend, Kansas; fiancé’ Shelia Stiers of the home; step daughters, Katrina, Danielle, Emma and Adriana; step son, Sabastian; mother, Jennifer Meis (Tom) of Fairport, Kansas; father, Brandon Warren of Kanorado, Kansas; brothers, Seth Warren of Russell, Kansas and Alexander Warren of Goodland, Kansas; sisters, Michelle Voorhees (Kevin) of Topeka, Kansas, Desire’e Lopez of Kansas City, Missouri, Jessica Weatherford of Elwood, Kansas, and Serena Rosenberg of Park City, Kansas; maternal grandparents, Kenneth & Debbie Rosenberg of Weir, Kansas; paternal grandfather, Rick Warren of Goodland, Kansas; and great grandmother, Edna Warren of Kanorado, Kansas. A Memorial service will be held by the family at a later date. Cremation has taken place. Condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of the arrangements.

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon

Richard Hilgers

Oct 13, 1957 - Dec 20, 2023

location-icon

Sterling, KS

Richard Hilgers, 66, died December 20, 2023, at his home. He was born October 13, 1957, in Salina, KS, to James Richard Hilgers and Elizabeth Anne (DeMurry) Hilgers. Richard was a 1976 graduate of Trego Community High School, WaKeeney, KS. On February 20, 1982, he married Janet Marie Siegrist at the Salem Community Church in rural Nickerson, KS. They shared over 41 years of marriage. Richard is survived by: his wife, Janet Hilgers of Sterling, KS; children, Julie (Shamus Partain) Hanschu of McPherson, KS, Randy Hilgers of WaKeeney, KS, and Ricky (Cindy) Hilgers of Ogallah, KS; grandchildren, Ben Hanschu, Eve Hanschu, Leigha Hilgers, Lucas Hilgers, Eli Hilgers, Owen Hilgers, and Alayna Hilgers; siblings, Anna (Scotty) Schneider of Hays, KS, and Doug Hilgers of Murfreesboro, TN; sister-in-law, Jennifer (Bill) Scofield of Wichita, KS; aunt, Susan (Ed) Weigel of Plainville, KS; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by: his parents; grandparents; and sister, Nancy Hilgers Gilliland. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 6, 2024, at the Ogallah Christian Church, 305 Centre Street, Ogallah, KS. Burial will follow in the Morlan Township Cemetery, Palco, KS. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Elliott Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Ogallah Christian Church, in care of Elliott Mortuary and Crematory, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon

Jacquelyn S. Krueger

Jan 28, 1947 - Dec 21, 2023

location-icon

Sterling, KS

Jacquelyn S. “Jackie” Krueger, 76, of Sterling, Kansas, went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 21, 2023. She was born January 28, 1947, in Sterling, the daughter of Harold and Dorothy (Buel) Neal. Jackie was a lifelong Sterling resident. She graduated from Sterling High School with the class of 1965. Jackie received her bachelor’s degree in education at Sterling College in 1969 and later received her master’s degree in education from Pittsburg State University. She was a teacher at Nickerson High School, Sterling Junior High and Sterling High School, and was also a homemaker. Jackie was a member of Grace Bible Church, Hutchinson, where she was very active in a variety of church ministries. She loved playing the piano and organ at various churches. Jackie enjoyed gardening, playing music, photography and most of all spending time with her family. On March 31, 1972, Jackie was united in marriage with Duane L. Krueger in Sterling. She is survived by her husband, Duane of Sterling, KS; three sons, Rick Krueger and wife Linda of Lyons, KS, Randy Krueger and wife Angela of Topeka, KS, and Ryan Krueger and wife Molly of Spring Hill, KS; daughter, Angela Brunk and husband David of Colorado Springs, CO; brother, Jim Neal and wife Marcia of Kanopolis Lake, KS; eight grandchildren, Brendon Krueger, Conner Krueger, Ethan Brunk, Ashlyn Warchol and husband Isaac, Dylan Krueger and wife Faith, and Madalyn Krueger. Jackie is preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Patricia Neal McClellan. Funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 23, 2023, at Grace Bible Church, Hutchinson, with Pastor Bart Horton officiating. A private family burial will take place at Sterling Community Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Grace Bible Church (for the building fund) in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Sterling.

View Obituary

forward-arrow-icon
The Obituary App - Logo

Copyright © 2023 - The Obituary App