Ryan Buhrle, 98, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.
He was born May 7, 1915, in Kiowa County, near Haviland, to Shelton G. and Allie Elnora Ryan Buhrle. He graduated from Pierceville High School in 1933 and farmed for a short time. Later moving to Great Bend, he started working for Nash Finch Wholesale Grocery Co.
He married Chlois V. Pittman on April 26, 1942, in Garden City. They moved to Hutchinson in 1962. He retired with Nash Finch in 1978, working as a warehouseman, mechanic and driver.
Mr. Buhrle was a member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Men and American Legion Lysle Rishel Post No. 68.
Survivors include his wife Chlois of the home; a son, Dean Buhrle and his wife Dorothy of Bonner Springs; a daughter, Sandra Billeter and her husband David of Mesa, Ariz.; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Edna Kregar and Helen Rundell; and his stepfather, William Deal.
Funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, 101 E. First in Hutchinson, with Pastor Jeanine Rishel officiating. Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, with military honors conducted by the Fort Riley Honor Guard.
Visitation hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Wednesday at Elliott Mortuary in Hutchinson. Visit www.elliottmortuary.com to leave a personal condolence for Ryan's family.