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William Karl Ehm

Born - May 2,1903

Baptized - June 1, 1903

Confirmed - April 7,1918

Married - August 24, 1927

Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

Stuttgart, Phillips County, Kansas

Died - January 17, 1996

Hays Medical Center -Saint Anthony's Hospital

Hays, Kansas

Buried - January 17, 1996

Fairview Cemetery, Phillipsburg, Phillips County, Kansas

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William "Bill" Ehm

William Karl "Bill" Ehm died at the Hays Medical Center -Saint Anthony's Hospital in Hays on January 17, 1996 at the age of 92. He was born May 2, 1903 in Stuttgart to John and Kunigunda Ehm. He was baptized June 1, 1903 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Stuttgart by Pastor H. Dahlke.

Bill attended the Morning Star Public School District #27. He took two years of religious instruction at the church under Pastor O. Rossbach and was confirmed by Pastor Rossbach on April 7, 1918.

Bill farmed until his retirement. He worked on his inventions and hobbies all his life and for many years was active in working with Indian Missions. He was an active member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church until 1989 when he transferred his membership to the First Lutheran Church in Phillipsburg where he was also active in the work of the church. He taught Sunday School most of his life taught many years in Bible Camps and was a licensed lay minister.

Bill and Lydia Merklein, Prairie View, were married August 24, 1927 by Reverend F. Schardt. His son, Arthur Schardt, rang the church bell for the wedding. Lydia died February 10, 1972.

On December 14, 1975, Bill and Gladys Stohs of Manhattan were united in marriage by Rev. Robert Rosenkoetter.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys; a brother, Arnold and wife Minnie, sister-in-law, Ida Ehm all of Phillipsburg; sister-in-law, Sally Ehm, San Diego, California.

Bill's favorite Bible texts are: Psalm 1 and 2 Timothy 4-6-8.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the First Lutheran Church with Pastor Joel Hiesterman officiating. The congregation sang "Be Still My Soul," "How Great Thou Art" and "Nearer My God To Thee" accompanied by Luella Zillinger, organist.

Casket bearers were: Loren Grau, Dwight and Virgil Ehm, Paul Merklein, Arnold Vogel and Anthony Kirchhoff.

Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, Phillipsburg.

Arrangements were handled by Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel.


Our sincere appreciation for the calls, cards, flowers, memorial contributions, food brought in and all other kindnesses shown us at the time of Bill's death.

A special thank you to Pastor Joel and our church family for their love and support. We appreciate also the lunch provided by the church the day of the funeral.

The Family of William "Bill" Ehm

Phillips County Review


January 25, 1999




1 st Wife - Lydia Marie Margaretha Anna

(Merklein) Ehm

Lydia Merklein

Born - January 30, 1904

At Home, Stuttgart, Phillips County, Kansas

Baptized - February 14, 1904

Confirmed - April 7, 1918

Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

Died - February 20, 1972

Norton County Hospital

Norton, Norton County, Kansas

Buried - February 23, 1972

Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery

Stuttgart, Phillips County, Kansas

Father - Wilhelm Merklein

Mother - Emilie (Grote) Merklein


Buried - Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery - Stuttgart, Kansas




Obituary ~ Ehm


Lydia Maria Margaretha Anna Ehm was born to Wilhelm and Emilie Grote Merklein on January 30, 1904, at their home west of Stuttgart, Kansas, and departed this life on February 20, 1972, at the Norton County Hospital, Norton, Kansas, having attained the age of

 68 years and 21days.

Lydia was baptized into the Christian faith at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Stuttgart, Kansas, on February 14, 1904 and was confirmed in at  Emmanuel Lutheran church on April 7,1918.  She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Stuttgart, Kansas, at the time death .   During her life time as a member of the church, the Body of Christ, Lydia was faithful to her Lord and served as a teacher in Sunday School for 25 years.

On August 24, 1927 she was united in marriage to William Ehm and they made their home west of  Stuttgart, Kansas.  Lydia was preceded in death by her father and by one of her sisters who died in infancy.

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, William, of rural Prairie View, Kansas; her mother, Mrs. Emilie Merklein of rural Prairie View: one sister, Marie Starr of Phillipsburg, Kansas. She also leaves many nieces and nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held at Emmanuel Lutheran church, Stuttgart, Kansas on February 23 1972 with the Reverend Duane Levin officiating. Music was by Mrs. Arliss Weinman and by the congregation with Mrs. Marene Levin as organist.

Casket bearers were John Merklein, Merle Starr, Alvin Merklein, Rolland Starr, Scott Sheets and Arnold Ehm.

Burial was in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery,

 Stuttgart, Kansas.


We wish to express our gratitude and sincere appreciation to everyone for the beautiful flowers and cards, the memorial gifts, consoling words, food brought to the home and all others kindnesses at the time of our sorrow. Thoughtfulness was a source of great comfort and will never be forgotten. May God bless you all.

The Relatives of Lydia Ehm

Phillips County Review


March 2, 1972




2 nd Wife - Gladys E. (Stohs) Ehm

Born - April 13, 1923 - Kansas

Married - December 14, 1975

Father- Encil Stohs  ~ Born - September8, 1890 - Kansas

Married - January 16, 1916

Died - December 1969

Marshall County, Kansas

Mother - Frieda (Riggert) Stohs

Born - April 1,1895 - Kansas

Died - April 12, 1964

Marshall County, Kansas



Sister - Mary Kunigunde (Ehm) Vogel

Born - December 2, 1889


Brother - Johannes Heinrich Ehm

Born - November 28, 1892


Sister - Freida Christina (Ehm) Vogel

Born - September 7, 1895


Sister - Louise Katarina Ehm

Born - 1897 - Infant Death


Brother - John Friedrich Ehm

Born - April 18, 1899


Brother - Arnold August Ehm

Born - July 22, 1905


Brother - Alvin Georg Ehm

Born - October  31, 1907



Father - Johannes Ehm

Mother - Kunigunde (Eltiste) Ehm


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