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Ellsworth Heinrich Kaiser

Ellsworth Kaiser

Born -September 27, 1920

Dayton Township, Phillips County, Kansas

Baptized - October 17, 1920

Confirmed - June 24, 1934

Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

Stuttgart, Phillips County, Kansas

Married - December 28, 1943

First Presbyterian Chapel - Santa Barbara, California

Veteran World War 2

Inducted into Army - September 19,1942

Service Number - 37225568

Died - March 26, 1969 - Phillips County, Kansas

Buried - March 28, 1969

Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Phillips County, Kansas


Ellsworth Kaiser





Dies In Tragic Accident


Ellsworth Kaiser, 48, Was the tragic victim of an

accidental gunshot wound Wednesday morning while

working in the oil field southwest of Phillipsburg

as a pumper. Kaiser was making the rounds of the wells,

and when he failed to return at the proper time, Delbert Bruning, who works with him, started out to see if there

had been unexpected trouble around one of the rigs.  He found Kaiser's body near the fence line on

John Vandewege place, with a discharged

shotgun lying nearby.


The two men had seen a coyote in the vicinity

a number of times, and Kaiser had decided to try to stop it from bothering farmers' chickens in the area. 

It is believed that the gun was discharged as

Kaiser went through the fence.


The Kaiser family has long been highly regarded in

 the Stuttgart vicinity, where Ellsworth grew to manhood.


  After farming for a time, he became an oil well pumper

in that area .  Later he returned to the farm, but moved

 to Phillipsburg about three years ago after selling out,

and went to work for Petroleum Management. Inc.,

 as a pumper.


He was a very fine citizen, well known and

 highly respected in Phillipsburg and in the Stuttgart area.

 His many friends will join us in extending sincere

 sympathy to the survivors.  They include:

Mrs. Kaiser, a son Wyman who is a student at

Pittsburg State College, a daughter,

Mrs. Jerry Keesee, his parents,

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kaiser and a brother Ludwig.

Funeral arrangements had not been made at press time.



The Phillips County Review

March 27, 1969








Ellsworth Henry Herman Kaiser, son of Fred and Margaret Kaiser, was born September 27, 1920 in Dayton township of Phillips county Kansas.


On October 17, 1920, he was received by God as his child through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.

He made a public profession of his faith and

became a confirmed member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church on June 24, 1934, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Stuttgart, Kansas.


On December 28, 1943, he was united in holy matrimony to Bertha Zillinger. 

To this union God gave the blessing

of one daughter and one son.


He served his county during World War II.

After his honorable discharge from the military on January 29, 1948, he became an active member

of the Roy C. Goodrich American Legion Post 304

of Long Island, Kansas.


Outside of his military service, he lived in

Phillips County all his life. In the fall of 1965

the family moved to Phillipsburg.


On Wednesday morning, March 28, 1969,

he met with tragic death through an

accidental shotgun wound while on the job for Petroleum Management, Inc.

He was working as an oil pumper. When the Lord required his soul, he had reached the

age of 48 years, 5 months and 27 days.


He leaves to mourn his sudden death,

his wife, Bertha of the home, one daughter,

 Cheryl (Mrs. Jerry) Keesee of Phillipsburg;

one son, Wyann of Pittsburg, Kansas;

his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kaiser

and one brother, Ludwig of rural Phillipsburg;

 a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law,

3 grandsons and many other relatives

 and a host of friends.


Memorial services were held Friday afternoon,

March 28th at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Stuttgart with the Rev. Richard Buchholz officiating.


Hymns were sung by Allen Finkbelner and were accompanied by Janice Weinman.

 Miss Weinman also accompanied the

congregational singing of the hymn

“My Hope is Build On Nothing Less.”


Casket bearers were Ray Dieckhoff,

Erwin Kaiser, Harold Jackson,

S.F. Mastalka, James Carpenter and

Wayne Whitney.


Interment was in the Emmanuel Lutheran cemetery, Stuttgart, with the folding of the flag by the

Roy C. Goodrich American Legion Post No.304,

 Long Island, Kansas.





Words cannot express our sincere appreciation

for the many kindnesses at the time of the

 tragic death of our loved one. The beautiful

 flowers, cards, gifts to the memorial fund

 and all other expressions of sympathy and

 friendly concern will never by forgotten.





The Phillips County Review

April  3, 1969




Wife - Bertha Elsie (Zillinger) Kaiser

Born - August 2, 1921

Near Logan, Phillips County, Kansas

Father - Phillip Georg Johann Zillinger

Born - June 3, 1894  ~ Died - January 17, 1972

Mother -Janie Isabella (Griffin) Zillinger

Born - April 14, 1893  ~ Died - December 16, 1969


Bertha's 2nd Husband - Wayne Whitney

Born - February 19, 1918

Married -Emmanuel Lutheran Church - 1975

Died - Saturday, March 20, 2004




Wayne Whitney - 86

Of Phillipsburg, died Saturday, March 20, 2004.

Mr. Whitney was born Feb. 19, 1918, in Phillips County. He was a farmer.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, LaVada, in 1974.

Survivors include his wife, Bertha of Phillipsburg; a son, John of Santa Fe, N.M.; one daughter, Cheryl Roman of Mukilteo, Washington; one stepson, Wyann Kaiser of Chesapeake, Virginia; one stepdaughter, Cheryl Keesee of Phillipsburg; one sister, Edith Early of Tennessee; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel, 1115 Second St., Phillipsburg 67661. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Phillipsburg.

Memorials may be made to the Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church organ fund.

Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and until the service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Hays Dailey News

March 23, 2004




Daughter - Cheryl Loy (Kaiser) Keesee

Born -December 9, 1944


Son- Wyann Ellsworth Kaiser

Born - March 5, 1947



Brother - Ludwig Johann Richard Kaiser

Born - December 26, 1915



Father - Friedrich Kaiser

Mother - Maria Rosa Margaretha (Bach) Kaiser








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