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Alfons A. Stiebe, 97, died Monday in Kinsley.

The family provided some of the following information.

He was born June 17, 1916 on a farm in Rush County. He was the son of Joseph and Hulda Stiebe. Also born to this union were brother Arthur in 1919 and sister Ella in 1926.

In August 1922 they moved to a farm 7 miles south of Rozel in Pawnee County. This farm is still the residence. He attended District 59 Grade School, Rozel High School and Kansas State University, graduating in 1939. His first job was in Washington, D.C., working on the 1940 agricultural census.

In April 1941 he was drafted into the Army of the United States. After stateside training, he served in North Africa for eight months and in Italy for two years. His principal duties were company commander, then in battalion headquarters as acting executive office and later operations officer. He also was one of the 5th Army Transportation representatives at a German POW camp for purposes of organizing POW truck battalions after the war. He was separated from active duty on Jan. 27, 1946, with the rank of major. He then joined the Army Reserves for 12 more years.

He started farming after his father retired in 1946. On Nov. 20, 1947, he married Elizabeth Bernatzki of Kinsley. To this union two sons were born, David in 1954 and Arlyn in 1959. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Kinsley.

He served on the township board for 20 years and on the Pawnee County Soil Conservation District Board of Supervisors for 15 years. He was a life member of the Kinsley Gun Club. He harvested his 60th wheat crop in 2006 and retired from active farming.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Ella. Survivor include his wife, Elizabeth of the home; sons, Arlyn of Manhattan, and David and wife Cindy of Kinsley; and granddaughters Alexis and Kristin Stiebe.

Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kinsley and burial will follow at Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Kinsley.

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