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Johann George Merklein

"Jack Merklein"

Born - May 26, 1904 

Phillips County, Kansas

 Baptized - June 19, 1904

Confirmed - April 7, 1918

Married - December 6, 1933

Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

Stuttgart, Phillips County, Kansas

Died - May 8, 1998




John "Jack" Merklein

John Jack G. Merklein passed away May 8, 1998, at the age of 93. He was born May 26, 1904 at the house of his parents in Phillips County where he grew to manhood.

Jack was baptized on June 19, 1904 and confirmed on April 7, 1918 with

 I Timothy 6:12 as his confirmation verse at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, east of Stuttgart. On December 6, 1933 he was united in holy matrimony to Hazel Hempler at Emmanuel. He was a member of Emmanuel his entire life and served on the church council, was a member of the building committee and Lutheran Brotherhood.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel, of the home; son, Don and his children, Scott and Kevin, Phillipsburg, Mitchell and wife, Shelly and their children; Kali, Erin and Lauren of Kiowa; daughter, Karen and her husband, Lawrence Dietz and their children; Lacey and Laurs, Phillipsburg; Bradley and his wife, Maria and children, Dylan and Jack, Olathe; Gary and wife Susan, Hays and their children; Mark and wife, Lea and son Zachary, Pt. Hueneute, California and Sarah, Hays; a brother, Alvin, Prairie View; four sisters; Martha Vogel, Freda Eltiste and Hilda Miller, Phillipsburg and Emilie, Prairie View.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 12 at 11 a. m. in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Stuttgart with Pastor Bill "J" Terry Jr., officiating.

The congregation sang "Amazing Grace," "How Great Thou Art," and "My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less" accompanied by organist Phyllis Merklein.

Casket bearers were: Steve and Bradley Dietz and Mitchell, Mark, Scott and Kevin Merklein.

Interment was in the Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Stuttgart.

Arrangements were handled by Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel.



We wish to express our deep appreciation to all of you whose kindness helped us through this difficult time. Your flowers, cards, food, visits, prayers and memorial contributions were all a comfort. Our thanks to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church for serving us lunch after the service.

The Family of John G. Merklein

Phillips County Review


May 14, 1998




Wife - Hazel (Hempler) Merklein

Born - September 17, 1913

 Phillips County, Kansas

Died - November16, 2004



Hazel Merklein

PHILLIPSBURG -- Hazel Merklein, 91, Phillipsburg, died Tuesday

Nov. 16, 2004.

Mrs. Merklein was born Hazel Hempler on Sept. 27, 1913, in Phillips County. She was a homemaker. Her husband, John, died in 1998.

Survivors include two sons, Don of Phillipsburg and Gary of Hays; a daughter, Karen Dietz of Phillipsburg; two brothers, Helmuth Hempler of Kensington and Orvie Hempler of Borger, Texas; a sister, Anna Bethke of Phillipsburg; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stuttgart. Burial will be in Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Phillips County.

Memorials may be made to Phillips County Retirement Center or the church.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Friday at Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel, 1115 Second, Phillipsburg 67661.




Son -Donald Gene Merklein

Born - 1936


Daughter - Karen Ann (Merklein) Dietz

Born - 1939

Husband - Lawrence L. Dietz



Lawrence L. Dietz

Lawrence L. Dietz, 71, Phillipsburg,

died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, at his home.

He was born March 7, 1936, in Stamford, Nebraska, to Phillip Adolph and Ruby Isabella (White) Dietz.

He married Karen Ann
Merklein on May 2, 1959, in Stuttgart. He was a retired truck driver for Farmland Industries.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, Steve Dietz, Phillipsburg, and Brad Dietz, Olathe; a brother, Dan Dietz, Littleton, Colorado; three sisters, Phyllis Patterson, Logan, Janice Reifsteck, Aurora, Colorado, and Kaylinn Dixon, Roseville, California; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Church, Phillipsburg; burial in Fairview Cemetery, Phillipsburg.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, both at Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel, Phillipsburg.

Memorials are suggested to Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church or hospice services in care of the funeral home.

The Hays Daily News

July 7, 2007



Son - Gary Alan Merklein

Born - 1945



Brother  - Infant Death

Born - May 19, 1901

Baptized - 1910

Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

Died - May 19, 1901

Buried - Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery


Brother  - Edwin J. Merklein

Born - June 24, 1902 


Brother - Heinrich Wilhelm Michael Merklein

Henry Merklein

Born -July 19, 1906


Sister  - Martha M. (Merklein) Vogel

Born - January 18, 1908

Died - January 12, 2000

Husband - Alvin Vogel

Born - February 2, 1906  ~ Died - January 29, 1993


Brother  - Paul  Georg Richard Merklein

Baptized - 1910

Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

Died - 1912

Buried - Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery


Brother - Martin William George  Merklein

Born - December 18, 1911


Sister - Freda Alma Martha (Merklein) Eltiste

Born - April 19, 1914


Sister - Hilda (Merklein) Miller

Born - May 3, 1916


Sister - Emilie Anna Merklein

Born - February 9, 1919  ~ Died -August 16, 2002


Brother - Alvin William Edward Merklein

Alvin Merklein

Born - May 23, 1923  ~ Died - March 7, 1982



Father - Henry L. Merklein

Mother - Katharina Magdalena (Krafft) Merklein



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