GREAT BEND — Gerald Nicholas Kaiser, 80, died June 11, 2018 at Cherry Village Nursing Home.
He was born August 4, 1937, at Claflin, to Walter and Anna (Heinz) Kaiser. He was married to Barbara (Popp) Wilhelm Pangburn February 11, 1994. She died March 22, 2010. He later married Evelyn M. (Huschka) Reiser May 4, 2013 at Great Bend. She survives.
A longtime Great Bend resident, Gerald came from the Beaver and Hoisington area in 1965. Starting at a very young age, Gerald worked in the oil field as a roustabout, pumper, and roughneck. He later drove truck, hauling equipment for Pickrell Drilling Co. and Allen Drilling Co., then was employed as an over-the-road truck driver for Jack B. Kelley, retiring in 2003. After retirement, Gerald drove truck for Mid Continent L.P. Service. He was a member of the Prince of Peace Parish and the Knights of Columbus Council 862.
Survivors include, wife, Evelyn Reiser-Kaiser of the home; son; Todd Kaiser, Great Bend; daughters Kim (Joe) Geelan, Olathe and Shelli Kaiser, Salina; brother, Jack Kaiser, Preston; sister, Mary Lou Ehrlich, Colorado Springs, Colorado; one grandchild, Zachary Horyna; Evelyn’s children, David (Tricia) Reiser, Richard (LaVonne) Reiser, Debbie (Roger) Converse, Cheryl (Steve) Schaub, her nine grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Royce and Melvin Kaiser; and a sister, Carmen Kaiser.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Friday, June 15, 2018, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Great Bend, with Father Don Bedore presiding. Interment will be at Claflin Cemetery, Claflin. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2018, with a Vigil and Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7 p.m. at Bryant Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Golden Belt Humane Society, in care of Bryant Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS, 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 13, 2018