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Clarence A. Redetzke
1930 - 2011
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HOISINGTON — Clarence A. Redetzke, 80, died Jan. 3 at Hays Medical Center in Hays. He was born April 24, 1930, at Hoisington, the son of Leo C. and Cecelia C. (Schauf) Redetzke. He married Martha A. Hawes Nov. 3, 1951, at Fort Smith, Ark. She died Oct. 22, 2010. A lifetime Susank/Hoisington resident, he was a retired farmer/rancher.

He served during the Korean Conflict as a Corporal in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Redetzke was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 3rd degree Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7428 and American Legion Post No. 286, all of Hoisington.

Survivors include two sons, Terence Redetzke and his wife Pam, and Gregory Redetzke, all of Hoisington; three daughters, Catherine Kruhm and her husband Burt of Littleton, Colo., Linda Rubio and her husband Martin of Hoisington, and Carol Redetzke of Hoisington; a brother, Norman Redetzke of Hoisington; four sisters, Marilyn Redetzke of Hoisington, Jeanne Reilly of Pittsburg, Calif., Eileen Larkin of Spring, Texas, and Bernie McCay of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Maurice and Leo (Butch) Redetzke; sister, Cecelia Monaghan; and grandson, Zachary Rubio.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hoisington, with Father Dwight Birket officiating. Interment will be at St. Catherine Cemetery, Dubuque, Kan., with military graveside rites by the Fort Riley Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington. Vigil service will be at 7 tonight, followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary, also at the funeral home. Donations to a memorial fund for the American Heart Association or the Zachary C. Rubio Seminary Burse may be made in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home*

Box 146; 415 North Main

Hoisington, KS 67544

(620) 653-4165

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 4, 2011