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A. Neal Reichel 1935-2019
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A. Neal Reichel 1935-2019

GREAT BEND – A. Neal Reichel, 83, passed away January 7, 2019 at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington.

He was born August 26, 1935 at LaCrosse to Henry and Esther (Foos) Reichel. He married Opal Mellies November 17, 1954 at Bushton.  She died May 6, 2016.

Neal, a long-time farmer, lived on a farm northeast of Bison his entire life, before retiring and moving to Great Bend in 2001. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a former EMT for Rush County, active for years with the Bison volunteer fire department, and a member of the ISIS Shrine. Neal enjoyed and felt blessed to take his grandkids fishing, boating and camping.

Survivors include, two sons, Joel Reichel and his wife Terry, Alexander; and Jody Reichel and his husband Seth Munter, San Francisco, Calif.; two daughters, Charlotte Brening and her husband Phil, Fort Worth, Texas; and Cherie Belford and her husband Larry, Hoisington; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Barbara Baus of McCracken.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Reichel and a brother, Carroll Reichel.

Visitation is scheduled from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday, January 9 at Bryant Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 10 at First United Methodist Church in Great Bend, with Rev. Morita Truman presiding. There will be a private family inurnment at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to the Rush County EMS or the Bison Volunteer Fire Department, in care of Bryant Funeral Home.

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Funeral arrangements provided by

Bryant Funeral Home

1425 Patton Road

Great Bend, KS, 67530

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 9, 2019