Harley Clayton Gfeller 1921 - 2005 Russell
Services for Harley Clayton Gfeller, 84, Russell, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Russell. Mr. Gfeller died Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, at St. John's Rest Home in Victoria. He was born July 24, 1921, in Winona, the son of Louis A. and Lida Waldmeier Gfeller. He graduated from Winona High School in 1938. He lived in Wichita and again in Winona before moving to Russell. He lived in Tonganoxie from 1990 to 2004 and then returned to Russell. Mr. Gfeller served in the Army during World War II for three years in the Pacific as a member of the 345th Squadron of the 499th Bomber Group, 5th Army Air Corp. He was discharged as a staff sergeant in 1945. He was a full-time farmer in Winona. He worked for the Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service as a manager for the Russell County office from 1958 to 1974, when he became district director of north central Kansas until he retired in 1985.He married Jeanette D. Hamilton on Oct. 17, 1946, in Winona. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include four sons, Roger, Fresno, Calif., Craig, Overland Park, Warren, Shawnee, and Ron, Russell; two daughters, Gayle Gfeller, Seattle, and Anita Wiley, Leavenworth; a sister, Norma Washburn, Oakley; 20 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.A son, Lloyd, died earlier.The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Pohlman-Heise Mortuary in Russell.The family suggests memorials to Trinity United Methodist Permanent Endowment or Southwind Hospice, sent in care of the mortuary, 610 N. Maple St., Russell 67665.