OBITUARY: Jean Louise (Claassen) Krehbiel

Jean Louise (Claassen) Krehbiel, 83, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at Newton Medical Center.

She was born Oct. 15, 1936, in Newton to Walter and Marie Claassen.

She married Donald Krehbiel on Feb. 17, 1955, at Emmaus Mennonite Church, Whitewater. He preceded her in death on April 1, 2011.

Jean served as deputy city clerk for the city of Hesston for a year and a half before becoming the city clerk in October 1976. She retired in July 1994.

After retirement, she and Don enjoyed traveling in their RV. They were snowbirds, traveling to Texas and enjoyed playing cards with the friends they made in their travels.

She is survived by her son, Devery (Vietta) Krehbiel of Hesston; daughter, Jill (Troy) Garver of Newton; seven grandchildren, Josh (Val) Garver, Jordan (Kirsten) Garver, both of Newton, Jacob (Lauren) Garver, Halstead, Jaci (Shawn) Robinson, Steamboat Springs Colo., Kelly (Jennifer) Krehbiel, Kennewick, Wash., Jesse (Jeremiah) Forrest, Sacramento Calif., and Kasey (Stacey) Krehbiel, Lebanon Ohio; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her brother, Norman (Judy) Claassen, Peabody; sister, Eileen (Bob) Knaussman, Emporia; in-laws, Meroe Graber, Moundridge, Richard Buterbaugh, Erie, Pa., Kerry and Nancy Krehbiel, Hesston; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, in-laws Arlan and Martha Krehbiel, Arthur, Vera, Elaine Krehbiel, Harry Graber, and Anita Buterbaugh.

A service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 29, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton with the Rev. Donna Voteau presiding. Private family burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Newton.

Memorials may be made to Asbury Park, in care of the funeral home.

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