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Archie Leonard Beller 1908 - 2011

POSTED September 13, 2011 8:45 p.m.

Archie Leonard Beller, 103, of Great Bend, died Sept. 13 at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation Center in Halstead. He was born May 16, 1908, at Athol, to Charles L. and Margaret Rebecca (Comstock) Beller. He married Lavona Besta "Joe" Moore on Nov. 10, 1928, at Phillipsburg. She died March 6, 2002.

Mr. Beller was a member of First United Church, 50-year-member of BPO Elks Lodge No. 1127, and a past board member of the Great Bend Petroleum Club, all of Great Bend. He loved fishing, old-time music and gardening.

Starting at the age of 18, he worked in road and bridge construction while working on his engineering degree from the American School of Chicago through correspondence courses. He earned his civil engineering degree and for the next 50 years, except during World War II, was a state engineer for the sixth division, designing and building bridges. During World War II, he worked under the Army Corps of Engineers and supervised the construction of airfields and tested existing landing strips for the new B-29 bombers. He owned and operated A.L. Beller Construction, which was based in Great Bend.

Survivors include one daughter, Margaret Kraisinger and husband Gary of Halstead; three grandchildren, Kurt Kraisinger and wife Jamie of Overland Park, Eric Kraisinger and wife Angel of Newton, and Kristi Stewart of Hutchinson; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ray E. Beller and Clyde P. Beller.

Private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Great Bend. There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at


Funeral arrangements provided by

Bryant Funeral Home*

1425 Patton Road

Great Bend, KS 67530

(620) 793-3525

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Sept. 14, 2011

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