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The Hesston Record
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Hesston, KS 67062
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Clifford R. Sommerfeld, 91

Posted 3/23/2017

Clifford R. Sommerfeld 91, died Friday, March 17, 2017, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. 

He was born Feb. 12, 1926, in rural Canton to John and Elsie (Auernheimer) Sommerfeld. 

On Aug. 8, 1970, he married Irene M. Talbott at Halstead; she preceded him in death on March 6, 2017. 

Clifford was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Newton,

Burrton American Legion and he retired from the former Hesston Corp.

Clifford served in the US Army in Germany where he was with the team that liberated Dachow prison and was a Bronze Star recipient. He earned the rank of Tech Sergeant. 

He is survived by his son Dennis (Alice) Sommerfeld of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter Sandra (Allen) Wilson of Lenexa; step daughters: Linda (James) Bew of Tyler, Texas and Trudee (Lance) Thornhill of Halstead; brothers Arnold (Judy) and Verlon (Lillie) Sommerfeld both of Durham, Ernest (Mary) Sommerfeld of Marquette; sister Ethel Kaiser of Wichita and sister-in-law Evelyn Sommerfeld of Newton. He is also survived by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister Elda Sommerfeld and brother Milford Sommerfeld.

A funeral service was held March 21 at Zion Lutheran Church in Newton with Rev. Aaron Filipek, Presiding. A visitation was held March 20.  Burial took place at Halstead City Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home.



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John McKinley, 69

Posted 3/23/2017

John McKinley passed away on Feb. 23, 2017, at St. Francis hospital in Wichita. 

He was born in New Mexico on July 1, 1947, and spent early years growing up with family and friends there. 

He moved with his mother to Newton, where he attended Newton High School. 

After graduation he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and served with distinction in the Vietnam war.  He was wounded twice in action and was awarded the Purple Heart and other service medals. 

After an honorable discharge he returned home to Hesston.  He worked for Hesston Corporation and attended Wichita State University.  For many years he owned a business in Wichita near the campus.  He then worked for Mirror, Inc. as a counselor in Newton.  He retired from there to begin writing at his home near Hesston. 

John cared deeply for fellow veterans from any active service and devoted much time to their support here. 

John had many friends both local and distant and close family in New Mexico.  He will be missed by all.           

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David Neil Duerksen, 60

Posted 3/23/2017

David Neil Duerksen, 60, died March 13, 2017, at Diversicare of Sedgewick.

He was born April 13, 1956, in Denver, Colorado to Leroy and Mary Jane (Curry) Duerksen.

David is survived by his father; a sister, Laurie Duerksen, both of Hesston and brothers, Jon Duerksen, Kevin Duerksen and his wife Kathy, all of Newton.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.

A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Hesston, KS. 

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