William J. “Bill” Stoss, Jr., 94, passed away Jan. 12, 2022, at Azria Health in Great Bend. He was born on Aug. 20, 1927, in Great Bend, the son of William and Marie (Pundsack) Stoss. He married Dorothy Oberle on May 16, 1956, at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Bushton.
He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1945. Bill then entered the Army, serving from 1951-1953 during the Korean War and was stationed in Korea and Japan. He was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church and a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus. Bill was a farmer and stockman and had previously worked for the Natural Gas Pipeline of America and as a reporter for the ASCS office.
Survivors include, his wife Dorothy Stoss of the home; two sons, Larry (Brenda) Stoss of Salina and Daryl (Susan Stambaugh) Stoss of Great Bend; four daughters, Debra (Daryl) Dreiling of Gardner, Carol (Wayne) Prather of Sterling, Shirley (LeRoy) Maneth of Andover, and Linda (Lance) Champlin of Concordia; 15 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, Ryan (Carly) Dreiling and their daughters Allison and Savannah, Jarrod (Niki) Dreiling and their daughter Ava, Grant (Jennifer) Dreiling and their daughters Olivia and Adaline, Mallory (Ben) Gaeth and their sons Mark and Luke, Janel (Trevor) Bhattacharya, Keaton (Michaella) Prather, Sarah (Zach) Alley, Marie Stoss, Luke Stoss, Stephanie (Nick) Wade, Tyler (Shelby) Maneth, Nicole Maneth, Rachel Maneth, Trae Champlin and Bailey Champlin; two sisters, Alberta Bahr of Andover and Lois (Gerald) Mauler of Great Bend and a sister in law, Esther Stoss of Hutchinson. He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Garrett Dreiling; his brother, Marvin Stoss; and a brother in law, Bernard Bahr.
Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, at Bryant Funeral Home, with a Vigil service and Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Prakash Kola presiding. Interment will be in the Great Bend Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by the Fort Riley Honor Guard. The family kindly asks that masks be worn for all services. Memorials have been designated to Prince of Peace Parish or the Parkinson’s Foundation, 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, Jan. 14, 2022