Basil C. Marhofer, 92, Ness City, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at Ness County Hospital. 

He was born Feb. 2, 1925, in Arnold to Olin and Mamie Keyser Marhofer. He graduated from Ness City High School and received his bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Kansas. He attended law school at the University of Colorado and was admitted to the Kansas and Colorado Bar.

He married Cecilia Lewand on Sept. 5, 1987, in Ness City. He was in private practice of law since 1951. He was county attorney, city attorney, and mayor, past president of County Bar Association, all in Ness City. He was past president of the Judicial Bar Association, past member of Kansas Judicial Council Committee on Municipal Courts, past officer of Leagues of Kansas Municipalities, school attorney for District No. 303 from 1962 to 1994, secretary/treasurer of Ness County Bank Building Foundation, and worked with the Ness County Community Concert Association. He served in the 61st Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II, and was in the U.S. Army Band from 1945 to 1946.

He joined Rotary in 1954. He became District Governor in 1969, Director of Rotary International in 1987 and was Vice President of Rotary International 1988-89.  He chaired many committees and represented the President of Rotary International around the world.  He was a Paul Harris Fellow and a major donor to the Rotary Foundation.

He was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist of Boston, Mass., and Christian Science Society, Ness City.

He was a member and Past Master of Walnut Valley Masonic Lodge No. 191, Ness City and Starlight Chapter No. 84 Order of Eastern Star, Ness City.

Survivors include his wife; a sister, Betty Clark, Denver; two nieces, Cheryl Thomas and husband, Larry, Houston, and Janet Clark, Colorado Springs; his great-niece and nephew, Nicholas Thomas and wife, Ronda Denver and Stephanie Green, Beaumont, Texas; five great great-nieces and nephews; a great-great-great-niece; and two stepchildren, Tara Frey and husband, Chuck, Ellis and Tony Lewand, Houston.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Charles Clark.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church, Ness Cit; burial in the Ness City Cemetery. 

Viewing will be until 9 p.m. Friday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City.

Memorials are suggested to Ness City Rotary Scholarship Fund or Cedar Village in care of Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City.

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