RUSSELL — Betty JoAnne (Kilian) Dumler, 89, died Nov. 18, 2016, at the Stratford Commons memory care facility of Overland Park, surrounded by nine family members, following complications from a fall. Betty was born Feb. 8, 1927, in Russell, to Alma (Mai) and Sam Kilian. The beautiful Russell High School drum majorette married dashing high school track and football star, Richard Henry Dumler, on June 1, 1947, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Russell. They made their home in Russell and Hill City before moving to Great Bend in 1960. She worked as an accounting assistant for Western Power Company for 23 years. She was an avid reader and bowler and loved Royals baseball, KU basketball and fishing. Betty and Rich lived in Great Bend for 54 years before moving to Rose Estates assisted living in 2014.
The couple were members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Great Bend and the Elks Club. They were former members of the St. John Lutheran Church in Russell.
She is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, Peggy Jo (Paul) Brown of Victoria, Texas, and Sharon Anne (Roger) Banbury of Overland Park; five grandchildren, Nathan Brown of Austin, Texas, Jason (Michelle) Brown of Fort Worth, Texas, Monica Stewart of Olathe, Amy (Jeremey) Fritson of Overland Park, and Dustin Banbury, also of Overland Park; six great-grandchildren, Hannah and Kaitlyn Stewart, Evan and Teagan Fritson, Korben and Lyla Brown; a sister Patty Walker; and brothers Don, Bill and Dennis Kilian, all of Russell. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Richard, who died on Oct. 14, 2014.
A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell with Pastor Roger Dennis officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Russell. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, with family greeting guests from 6 to 7 p.m., at the mortuary. Memorials may be given to the Golden Belt Humane Society in care of the mortuary.
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Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Nov. 23, 2016