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Leland Wayne Rein 1939 - 2020
Ronald E. “Ron” Schepmann

Leland Wayne Rein, 81, passed peacefully on Aug. 28, 2020 from COVID 19 at Hays Medical Center. He was born on Feb. 19, 1939 at the farm south of Bazine to Fred Rein Jr and Clara (Stieben) Rein. 

Leland was the fourth of five children. He attended a rural grade school south of Bazine and graduated from Bazine High School in 1957. He married Sherron Hanan of Ness City at the United Methodist church on May 29, 1960. They lived on the farm and raised two children. His lifelong passion was farming. He loved his cows, working in the field and bringing in the wheat and milo harvest. He was a very hard working man who could be stubborn, ornery and cantankerous. Even though it was hard to get up in the tractor and combine these last few years, he found a way much to the chagrin of those around him. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. 

Leland was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Cletus and Valis; a brother-in-law Ted; and a sister-in-law Joann. He is survived by his wife Sherron; his sisters Glendoris Blattner and Genelda (Clarence) Gumescheimer; his children Laura (Jack) Lowery of Fort Collins, Colo. and Steven (Cheryl) Rein of Bazine, Kan. Surviving grandchildren are Kacie (Chad) Patterson (Thornton, Colo.), Lexy (Skylar) Pegg (Loveland, Colo.), Mitchell Lowery (Honolulu, Hawaii), Chase (Hope) Rein (Colwich, Kan.), Colton (Jodi) Rein (Greensboro, N.C.), Jennifer (Matt) Leiker (Hays) and Brian (Natalie) Ellis (Hays); and five great grandchildren. 

A private family graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bazine Cemetery. A memorial service will be delayed until there is a time to meet safely. We grieve with all who cannot be together during this heartbreaking pandemic. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ness County Home Health program or the Bazine Cemetery fund. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note to the family at A special thank you to the nurses and doctors for the care received at the Hays Medical Center COVID unit. 

Funeral arrangements provided by

Fitzgerald Funeral Home

PO Box 96

Ness City, Kansas  67560

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Sept. 2, 2020