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Heinrich Leonard Merklein
Henry L. Merklein

Born - April 4, 1870 

Hanover, Washington County, Kansas

Married - April 25, 1899

Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

Residence - January 3, 1920

Mound Township, Phillips County, Kansas

Died - November 27,1947

Mound Township, Phillips County, Kansas

Buried - November 29, 1947

Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery





Henry Leonard Merklein, a son of John George Merklein and his wife, Maria Apollonia nee Preuss, was born April 5, 1870, at Hanover, Washington county, Kansas.

In early infancy pious parents consecrated the little boy to the Lord in holy baptism.

At the age of seven, Henry Merklein moved with his parents, to Phillips County where they settled on a farm west of Stuttgart. On this place the departed lived all the days of his life. April 20, 1884, having received due instruction in the way of salvation, he was confirmed in the Lutheran faith by the Rev. J. F. Dilges and so became a communicant member of Emmanuel Lutheran church.

April 25, 1899 Henry Leonard Merklein was united in holy matrimony to Katharina Krafft. Eleven children were born to this union of whom three have preceded their father to eternity.

The departed enjoyed good health all his life, almost up to the hour of his demise. Last Wednesday evening at about 10 o’clock he complained of heartburn presumably only a slight indisposition. In God’s unsearchable council this was to be the beginning of last sickness. Already on Thursday morning, November 27, 1947, at ten minutes after twelve the Lord called his servant out of this life.

Henry Merklein was a staunch believing Christian, a good husband and loving father whose motto was, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” He was a faithful member of the Emmanuel Lutheran church who attended Divine services and holy communion regularly and diligently. For 15 years he had served his congregation as a member of the church council. Though death came suddenly, the summons did not find him unprepared.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Mrs. Katharina Merklein; four sons, Edwin J., John G., Henry W., and their families, and Alvin; four daughters, Mrs. Martha Vogel, Mrs. Fred Eltiste, Mrs. Hilda Miller and their families, and Emilie; eighteen grandchildren; one brother, W. F. Merklein and family; and one sister-in-law, Mrs. Margaret Merklein and family, and many other relative and friends.

Henry Leonard Merklein had attained the good ripe age of 77 years, 7 months and 22 days.

Interment was made Saturday, November 29, in the cemetery of Emmanuel Lutheran church of Stuttgart.

May he rest in peace.




۩ Henry L. Merklein


Wife - Katharina Magdalena (Krafft) Merklein

Born - May 13, 1878

Waldmannshofen, Württemberg, Germany

Died - October 26,1967

Phillipsburg, Phillips County, Kansas

Buried - Saturday October 28, 1967

Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery

Stuttgart, Phillips County, Kansas


Buried - Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery - Stuttgart, Kansas

۩ Katharina M. Merklein



Obituary ۩ Merklein

Katharina Magdalena Krafft Merklein, daughter of the late Sebastian and Anna Wilderman Krafft was born May 13, 1878 at Waldmanshofen, Württemberg, Germany. She was baptized as an infant, and at the age of 13 was confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Faith in the

 Lutheran Church of Waldmanshofen.

At the age of 14 years, she came to the United States. She never desired to return to her native land, to a large extent because she was devoted to her immediate family.

She was united in Holy Matrimony to Henry L. Merklein at Emmanuel Lutheran of Stuttgart on April 25, 1899. God blessed this union with 10 children; 6 sons and 4 daughters.

Since coming to the United States, she lived in the Stuttgart community. On Thursday, October 19, she was admitted to the Phillips county hospital, having suffered a painful blood clot in one leg. It was here on Thursday, October 26, that the Lord called her to her to her eternal reward. She had reached the age of 89 years, 5 months and 13 days.

She was preceded in death by her husband, who passed away November of 1947; two sons, Martin and Paul; 2 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

She leaves to mourn her death; 4 daughters, (Martha) Mrs. Alvin Vogel of Stuttgart, (Freda) Mrs. Ernest Eltiste of Phillipsburg, (Hilda) Mrs. Ellsworth Miller of Stuttgart, and Emilie of the home and 4 sons; Edwin of Stuttgart, John and Henry of Prairie View and Alvin of the home and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial services were held Saturday, October 28 in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Richard Buchholz officiating.

Norman Merklein and Alvin Veeh sang the hymns. Janice Weinman played the accompaniment and also accompanied for the hymn, "O Take My Hand< Dear Father" sung by the congregation.

Casket bearers were Virgil Miller, Stanley Kinter, Billye Vanderplas, Ivan Heersink, Edward Tien and Lawrence Dietz.

Interment was in the Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery.



We extend our most sincere thanks and appreciation for the cards, flowers, memorial gifts and other expressions of sympathy at the time of the death of our loved one.

The Family of Katharina Merklein

Phillips County Review




Son - Infant Death

Born - May 19, 1901

Baptized - 1901

Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

Died - May 19, 1901

Buried - Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery


Son - Edwin J. Merklein

Born -June 24, 1902 


Son - Johann George Merklein

Born - May 26, 1904 


Son - Heinrich Wilhelm Michael Merklein

Henry Merklein

Born -July 19, 1906


Daughter - Martha M. (Merklein) Vogel

Born - January 18, 1908 ~ Died - January 12, 2000

Husband - Alvin George Vogel


Son - Paul  Georg Richard Merklein

Born - December 24, 1909

Baptized - 1910

Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

Died - February 14, 1912

Buried - Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery


Son - Martin William George  Merklein

Born - December 18, 1911


Daughter - Freda Alma Martha (Merklein) Eltiste

Born - April 19, 1914


Daughter - Hilda (Merklein) Miller

Born - May 3, 1916


Daughter -Emilie Anna Merklein

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


Son - Alvin William Edward Merklein

Alvin Merklein

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



Father - John George Merklein

Mother - Maria Apollonia  (Preuss) Merklein



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