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Jean L. Krehbiel

February 22, 2020

Jean Louise (Claassen) Krehbiel


Jean Krehbiel, 83, died Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Newton Medical Center.

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


She married Donald Krehbiel February 17, 1955 at Emmaus Mennonite Church,

Whitewater, KS. 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 of 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 CO, Kelly (Jennifer) Krehbiel, Kennewick WA, Jesse (Jeremiah)

Forrest, Sacramento CA, and Kasey (Stacey) Krehbiel, Lebanon OH; and twenty

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



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 held 10:00 a.m., Saturday February 29, 2020 at Petersen Funeral

Home in Newton with The Reverend 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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5 thoughts on “Jean L. Krehbiel

  1. May God enfold you with his love and strength. I have such fond memories of her. Dedicated to her family and loved to laugh. She represented the City of Hesston well helping it grow.

  2. Through 70 years Jean was a faithful friend; a rare find! We shared our joys, our sorrows and our confidences,. The best was our trust in each other and the ability to laugh till our sides ached over the slightest things. I love you and I’ll see you later, dear friend.

  3. For 70 years, Jean was a bright light in my life! At the age of 14 we became inseparable; testing the boundaries around us;
    creating a bond that would pass the test of time. Friendship, laughter, sadness and joy! We shared it all. Even through the many years we kept our relationship going by letters and on rare occasional visits; our trust in each other never wavered.
    What a rare find, this lifelong affinity of mutual interests; laughter and adventure! Rest In Peace, my dear friend.

  4. God Bless Aunt Jean. A wonderful woman who loved her family above all. She left us with so many fond memories. We all loved her and Uncle Don so much. Rest in peace and love and prayers to Deverey and Jill and families.

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