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Jack Estelle Durbin 1926 - 2018
Ronald E. “Ron” Schepmann

Jack Estelle Durbin, 91, passed away September 1, 2018, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington.  He was born October 2, 1926, at Kansas City, MO, to Zeno Estelle and Alma Ruth (Holsapple) Durbin.  Jack married Ramona May (Huseman) Kohls May 9, 1981, at Enid, OK.  Ramona passed away February 26, 2015.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and Korean Conflict, obtaining the rank of MM 3rd Class. 

A Great Bend resident since 1981, coming from Wichita, Houston and Abilene, Tex., Jack had been a HVAC specialist for Fuller Brush Industries for 17 years, retiring in 1992.  He held previous employment with Boeing Airplane Co., and Kansas Refinery Helium Co.  He was a member of V.F.W. Post 3111, American Legion Argonne Post 180 the Eagles and Fellowship of Faith Bible Study, all of Great Bend.

Survivors include; step sons, Doug Kohls and wife Colleen of Great Bend, Phil Kohls and wife Kathy of Garden City, and Kent Kohls and wife Terri of Great Bend; step daughters, Lana Penney and husband Mike of Great Bend, Terry Bigheart and husband Mike of Enid, OK, Peggy Bartholomew and husband John of Oklahoma City, and Eva Neuforth of Great Bend; half-brother, Gerald Martin of Wichita; one half-sister, Alice James of Florida; 24 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren: and his beloved dog, Sissy

Jack was preceded in death by; his parents; step father, Homer Martin; son-in-law, Gene Neuforth; grandson, Gavin Neuforth; and one half brother, James Martin.

Graveside services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at Great Bend Cemetery, with Rev. Arlyn Thielenhaus.  Military Honors will be conducted by the United States Navy Honor Guard and the American Legion Riders. There will be no visitation, as cremation has taken place. Donations may be made to the Golden Belt Humane Society, in care of Bryant Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Bryant Funeral Home

1425 Patton Road

Great Bend, KS 67530 

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune Sept. 4, 2018