TOPEKA — The Kansas Funeral Directors Association Inc. held its 118th Annual Convention May 11-13 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, Topeka.
At the KFDA Funeral Directors Convention, funeral directors and embalmers gathered to participate in many educational opportunities presented by experts in the funeral profession and to view the latest in funeral service supplies, equipment and services that were displayed by funeral service suppliers.
During the convention, KFDA President Dudley Feuerborn presented Larry Klusener, of Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend, with a “50 Year Award” recognizing half a century of faithful service to the funeral profession.
A 1958 graduate of Great Bend High School, Klusener attended Salt City Business College, Hutchinson, and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, beginning his career at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson, in 1963. He spent the next 14 years in Hutchinson, returning to Great Bend in 1978, as co-owner of Fryberger Mortuary. Klusener joined the staff of Bryant-Christians Funeral Home, now Bryant Funeral Home, in 1990, continuing work on a full-time basis.
Bill Nicholson, secretary-treasurer of Nicholson-Ricke and Bryant Funeral Homes, said he is honored to have employed Klusener for more than half of his 50 years of service.
Klusener is married to Pat and they have two children, Greg Klusener and Julie Staab, and three grandchildren.
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