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William John Bill Berchek Jr. 1947 - 2015
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William John Bill Berchek Jr. 1947 - 2015

William John “Bill” Berchek Jr., 67, passed away on May 2, at his home near Great Bend. Born on July 29, 1947, in Pueblo, Colo. he was the son of William John Berchek Sr. and Evelyn Caroline Gordon. He received his associates degree from Barton County Community College and used it in a wide variety of areas. He worked for 30 years as a Conductor for Union Pacific Railroad as well as in real estate and farming. He was a lifetime resident of Barton County. On March 25, 1989, He married Marcia Richardson in Las Vegas, Nev. She survives of the home.
Mr. Berchek served in the United States Army. He was a member of the American Legion Post 180, past elected officer of the Great Bend Township, and volunteered for the Barton County Farm Bureau Board.
Survivors include wife, Marcia Berchek; son, Jason (Wendy) Berchek, San Diego, Calif.; two daughters Jill (Bill) Bossow Nutkins, of Edwards, Colo., and Jenell (Mark) Puett, of Olathe; sister, Marianne (David) Krallman, of Great Bend; eight grandchildren, Avery Berchek, Aidan Berchek, Coleman Puett, Hailey Puett, Brittney Bossow, Abby Bossow, Kierstyn Anderson, Kaityln Baca; and a nephew Nathan Krallman. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Misti Berchek Anderson; and grandson, Justin Anderson.  
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Ellinwood with Pastor Jennifer Fair and Sister Renee Dreiling presiding. Visitation will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, with family present from 5 to 7 p.m., at Minnis Chapel in Ellinwood. Memorials are suggested to Immanuel United Church of Christ or the Dominican Sisters of Peace or a memorial dear to your heart in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left online at

Funeral arrangements provided by
Minnis Chapel*
PO Box 246
Ellinwood, KS 67526
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, May 5, 2015