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Elmer Richard Stecklein

Published on -9/8/2012, 5:30 PM

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Elmer Richard Stecklein, 77, Hays, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at the Andbe Home, Norton.

He was born March 1, 1935, in Pfeifer to Joe C. and Catherine (Wasinger) Stecklein.

He was a police officer for several years in Ellis and worked at Moons IGA in Osawatomie. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He was an accomplished musician who could play guitar, accordian and violin. He enjoyed raising horses and attending Saddle Club Shows.

He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Lee Scott and husband, Ronald R., Russell and Sydney Jo Freeman and husband, Henry, Paola; two brothers, Ronald J. Stecklein, Olathe and Leroy F. Stecklein, Osawatomie; three sisters, Rose M. Koerner and Theresa A. Gottschalk, both of Hays, and Charlene Weigel, Gorham; three grandchildren, Tricia L. Stecklein, Rayann M. Rassette and Joseph R. Heinitz; two stepgrandchildren, Christina M. Noah and Kendra J. Merritts; and two step great-grandchildren, Isabell Martin and Keagan W. Merritts.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald L. Stecklein and Richard C. Wasinger; and three sisters, Dolores Dreher, Betty L. Stecklein and Mary J. Stecklein.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; burial in WaKeeney Veterans Cemetery with military honors by the Hays Veteran of Foreign Wars.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, both at Brock's North Hill Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.

A vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Elmer Stecklein Memorial Fund to be used according to the wishes of the family in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family by guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or emailed to keithley@ruraltel.net.

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