Stanley Ray Kjellberg, 62, passed away December 17, 2020, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He was born December 28, 1957, in Ness City, to Clifford and Wilma (Frank) Kjellberg.
Stan graduated from Ness City High School in 1976 and went on to attend Northwest Kansas Technical College. In 1995, he decided to make a life change and go back to school. Stan graduated from Barton County Community College in 1996, as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. After one year working in Parsons, he moved with his family to Hutchinson, and began working at the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. During the 23 years that he worked there, Stan was able to touch the lives of many, many coworkers and patients. He loved his work, especially working with older patients. Stan would talk and listen to them, and would be able to bring out stories of their lives. He touched them as people, not just patients. Stan also developed a loving, caring relationship with his work family. We will be forever grateful to Stan’s work family for the love and support shown to him and his family over his 23 years of work at the hospital, and during his illness.
Stan had many loves in his life. He loved to work out in the yard, especially with his buddy, Lucy, his favorite dog in the world. Stan would be on his knees working in the flower bed, and she would be constantly bringing him her yellow tennis ball. They both loved it. He also had a passion for the University of Kansas basketball team and the Kansas City Chiefs. The greatest loves of Stan’s life were his Lord and his family. His relationship with God grew stronger and stronger over time. One of Stan’s last texts to his wife was, “The Lord has us each step of the way. I trust in him 100%”. His other great love was for his family. On March 12, 1983, Stan married Lisa Hoberecht, at the First Christian Church, Great Bend. They shared over 37 years of marriage. During that marriage, they were blessed with two sons, Nicholas Kjellberg and Andrew Kjellberg. Stan was always a very ‘hands-on-father’. He absolutely loved the time spent with his sons, from going to the University of Kansas basketball games with Nicholas, to scouting activities with Andrew.
Stan is survived by: his wife, Lisa Kjellberg of Hutchinson; sons, Nicholas Kjellberg and Andrew Kjellberg of Hutchinson; parents, Clifford and Wilma Kjellberg of Ness City; brothers, Steven (Nola) Kjellberg of Belpre, and Larry Kjellberg of Ness City; sister, Lynette (Mike) VanAusdale of Ellis; parents-in-law, Russell and Wanda Hoberecht of Great Bend; brothers-in-law, Mark (Cheryl) Hoberecht of Great Bend, and Kirk Hoberecht of Salida, CO; and many much loved nieces, nephews, and friends.
Private graveside service will be Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at Fairlawn Burial Park Cemetery, Hutchinson, with Pastor Shaen Marks officiating. Celebration of Life service will be held at a future date. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, December 21, 2020, and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at Elliott Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation or Hutchinson Animal Shelter, in care of Elliott Mortuary and Crematory, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.
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Hutchinson, KS 67501
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