The Superior Express -- Jewell County Record


Obituaries published April 19, 2018 in

The Superior Express and Jewell County Record

This week: Frederick Tietjen, Oral Frances Broadbent, Patricia Blackburn, Robert John Kohn, Ken Garman

Frederick Tietjen
Frederick Henry William Tietjen was born on July 15, 1928, in rural Byron to John Emil Tietjen and Leona Ernestine Martha (Hoops) Tietjen. He was named after his three living great-grandfathers: Harmon Frederick Grueber, Henry Tietjen and William Hoops. He was baptized on July 29, 1928, at St. John Lutheran Church near Byron and confirmed on March 29, 1942, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bruning. He started first grade at Cracker Box School near Byron, but completed second through seventh grades in Bruning due to his father's employment. When the family moved back to Byron he finished eighth grade at the Cracker Box School. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and remained as a member until the church closed. He then transferred his membership to St. Peter Lutheran of Byron.
Frederick died in the arms of his loving wife on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Hebron, Neb.
At a young age Frederick started farming with his dad and soon discovered that John Deere ran in the blood of his family. In his 20s, he set up machinery for his Uncle Edwin at Tietjen Implement in Byron and in his much later years enjoyed dismantling them. He bought his first John Deere tractor during this time.
Frederick spent many hours at the bowling alley with numerous friends on many leagues and enjoyed participating in state bowling tournaments.
Frederick was a pioneer member of the American Polled Hereford Association and raised top quality cattle until the early 90s. With the encouragement of his good friend, Willard "Spud" Kuhlmann of North Platte, he showed Polled Herefords at the Mid-West Show and Sale in Deshler and also at the National Western Show and Sale in Denver, Colo.
On June 5, 1966, he married Carolyn Ann Meyer at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Stoddard. To this union six children were born: Brian, Lyle, James, Janell, Steven and Eric.
The children remember attending numerous pancake feeds with their father as he was a charter member of the Byron Lions Club.
Due to his passion for livestock, Frederick spent every Friday working at the sale barn in Belleville during the 80s. He also enjoyed working with the boys on Saturdays at the pig sales.
He also served as 4-H leader for the Byron Livestock 4-H Club from roughly 1962 until 1987. He was a huge supporter of his children showing cattle, pigs and lambs at the county fair. As a family, they enjoyed traveling to the state fair to watch the boys show pigs. In later years he continued attending many county fairs to watch his grandchildren show animals. He was extremely proud to be a part of his kids' and grandkids' accomplishments.
Frederick started driving bus in 1980 for Chester-Hubbell and then Chester-Hubbell-Byron (CHB) school district until the school closed in 2000. Some of his fondest memories of driving bus included sponsoring two of his children's senior sneaks, sporting events and the state fair for his children. Frederick continued driving bus for Thayer Central Community School District until the age of 80 so he could spend time with his grandchildren on the daily route and loved driving to their sporting events, especially their track meets.
Frederick was a long time caretaker of St. John Cemetery-Byron as well as St. Paul Cemetery-Stoddard where his kids unwillingly helped him mow. Even after the kids were grown he continued mowing them faithfully until 2015.
Singing and listening to music was always a past-time of Fredericks and that is what enticed him to join the Thayer County Chorale that performed in numerous churches during the Christmas and Easter seasons. He thoroughly enjoyed singing with wonderful new friends.
Frederick was a very faithful and loving husband, father and grandfather that always put his family first. His grandchildren will forever remember the memories of riding on the fender of the tractor to feed cattle, spending time at the farm jumping on the hay bales, collecting tadpoles, riding horses and the four-wheeler, playing in the tree fort and grandpa looking for the girl in green basketball shoes on the court. And finally, spending hours watching, "Wheel of Fortune" and playing UNO with grandpa in his overalls!
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Leona Tietjen (Ludwig); father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alvin and Esther Meyer; and brothers-in-law, Marvin Schlueter and Dennis Meyer.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Tietjen; sister, Henrietta Schlueter of Hardy, Neb.; brother, Edgar, and his wife, Beulah Tietjen of Hardy Neb., sister, Ernestine, and husband, Beauford Hoyer of Superior Neb.; sister, Margaret, and husband, Don Hoffmeyer of Lincoln, Neb.; sister, Lola, and husband, Dick Schlichtman of Fairbury, Neb.; and sister, Linda, and husband, Wes Oestreich of Lincoln, Neb.; numerous nieces and nephews; son, Brian, and wife, Brenda Tietjen of Raymond, Neb., and children, Anisha, Evan and Emma Tietjen; son, Lyle and wife, Tracy Tietjen of Hebron, Neb., and children Kinsey and husband, Aaron Bohling, and McKenna; son, James and wife, Jennifer Tietjen of Waverly, Neb., and children, Colter and Judson; daughter, Janell, and husband Eric Miller of Lincoln, Neb., and children, Jacob and Kendra; son, Steven, and wife Jana Tietjen of Hebron, Neb., and children, Tarryn and fiance, David Moss, Cheyanna and Buchannan; son, Eric, and wife, Stephanie Tietjen of Lincoln, Neb., and children, Elle, Bayleigh and Brecken; sister-in-law, Kathryn Kirkland, Arvada, Colo., brother-in-law, Dean Meyer, of Hebron, Neb., and brother-in-law, Gerald, and wife, Bert Meyer of Bennet, Neb.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church, Hebron, Neb.
Committal was at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, of Stoddard, rural Hebron, Neb., at 2 p.m.
Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers to the family's choice. Friends called on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, Kan., where the family received friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, Kan., was in charge of the arrangements.

Oral Frances Broadbent
Oral Frances Smith Broadbent , 98, died March 20 in Scottsdale, Ariz., after an accidental fall. She was born to Grover and Pearl Logan Smith on Jan. 5, 1920, on a farm southeast of Jamestown. The doctor came on horseback. Oral married Glen Broadbent on June 1, 1941, and they lived all their married life in the Beloit area. They were blessed with a daughter, Sheryl.
"Fran" graduated from Ash Creek Grade School in Jewell in May of 1933; Athens Rural High School, Glen Elder, in May of 1937; and Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina in 1966. She began teaching at Iowa Schoolhouse District 83 at age 17 for $50 per month. She taught for 41 years in elementary schools in Mitchell and Jewell counties.
After Glen returned from WWII in 1946, they operated Broadbent Oil and Grocery Co. in Beloit. The business was sold in 1976 and he died after a battle with cancer in 1977. She retired from teaching in 1980, moved to Salina and joined Parents Without Partners. She began wintering in Mesa, Ariz., and moved to Phoenix Ariz., in 1986. She never liked her first name, so when she moved to Arizona she began using her middle name, Fran.
She liked to dance. One of her best times was in 2007, when she danced Pro-Am on the United Country Western Dance Council circuit with her grandson, Jeremy. She won the Platinum Newcomer Division. She was a constant at the world competition and a director for the Colorado Country Classic.
Preceding her in death were her parents; a sister, Winifred Kelly; and four brothers, Carroll, Elton, Harlyn and Harold. Survivors include her daughter, Kay; one grandson; two great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Patricia Blackburn
Patricia Elaine Blackburn, 67, died last Wednesday at Mt. Joseph Senior Center in Concordia. The middle daughter of Robert (Bob) and Eunice
(Aspegren) Blackburn, she was born June 5, 1950, in Concordia. She attended Kackley Grade School for eight years and graduated from Courtland High School in 1968.
She started working at Babe Houser Dealership soon after graduation and then became a teller at First National Bank in Concordia, where she eventually was promoted to head of the loan department. Her love of art became a reality when she started working for Marion Walker at Guds Atelje in Scandia. She eventually became the owner and moved the business to Courtland. Her artistic flare and attention to detail was evident in the number
of cakes she decorated for people. She worked numerous part time jobs, including a guide for the Pawnee Indian Museum, church secretary and helping with Meals on Wheels.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Pam. Survivors include her sister, Carla; nephews, nieces, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.
According to her wishes, direct cremation was chosen. Graveside memorial service was held Monday at the Courtland Cemetery, with Pastor Richard Cox officiating. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert John Kohn
Robert John "Bob" Kohn was born Oct. 25, 1938, in Osborne County, Kan., to the late Anna Marie (Long) and Nicholas Kohn. He died Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Downs, Kan., at the age of 79 years.
Bob moved many times growing up as a child. He graduated in 1957, from Esbon High School. He was the football homecoming king. Bob and his four brothers made up a basketball team. Bob loved sports!
After serving his country, Bob married Lucille Wagner of Tipton, Kan., and persued a vocation in farming.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, Nick and Anna Kohn; and brother, Joe.
Bob is survived by his wife, Lucille of the home; three children, Carla Winkel of Beloit, Kan., Bradley Kohn and wife, Linda, of Ionia, Kan., Bonnie Kohn of Mankato, Kan.; two sisters, Margaret Grubaugh of David City, Neb., and Anna Marie Still of Manhattan, Kan.; three brothers, Bernard Kohn of Halliday, N.D., Arthur Kohn of Erie, Colo., and Eugene Kohn of Hermiston, Ore.; five grandchildren and their children, Camryn Winkel and Cabyn Winkel; Brett Kohn and Tucker; Lacey and husband, Kris Cady, and Nathan, Olivia, and Jaron; Jeremy and wife, Hilary Bledsoe, and Haylee, Bradley, and McKenzy; and host of other relatives and friends.
Mass to celebrate Robert J. Kohn's life was held Friday, April 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Mankato, Kan., with Father David Michael officiating. Ms. Judy Wagner was the organist, Mr. John Flavin was the cantor and Mr. Mel Brown was the lector. The hymns for the service were "Amazing Grace," "I Am the Bread of Life," "Be Not Afraid," "Song of Farewell" and "How Great Thou Art." Casket bearers were Camryn Winkel, Cabyn Winkel, Jeremy Bledsoe, Brett Kohn, Brian Still and Darrin Schmitt. Interment was in St. Theresa's Catholic Cemetery, Mankato, Kan. Vigil service was Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 7 p.m., at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Mankato, Kan. Memorials in memory of Robert J. Kohn are suggested to St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Mankato. Online condolences may be left at Melby Mortuary, Mankato, Kan., was in charge of arrangements.

Ken Garman
Kenneth Ray Garman, 65, of Burr Oak, Kan., died Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, Mo., surrounded by his loving family.
Ken was born Feb. 16, 1953, in Concordia, Kan., along with his twin brother, Daniel Lloyd Garman, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd and Maxine Garman.
Ken grew up in Burr Oak, Kan., where he participated in student council, basketball, football and track. Upon graduation in 1971, Ken and Dan attended Colby Community College. Ken and Dan spent their 20s living and working together in Wichita, Kan. Eventually, they both made their way back to Burr Oak and began farming alongside their father, Lloyd, in the late 1970s. Ken was a strong advocate of community and education, as he sat on multiple community boards and earned his bachelor of science in 2006 from Iowa State University.
Ken married Leah Hesting on Aug. 2, 2008. Ken and Leah were inseparable for more than 10 years and enjoyed time traveling together, walking, drinking coffee in the mornings, practicing their faith, farming and visiting their children.
Ken is survived by his beloved wife, Leah Garman, his children, Sarah and husband, Nick Abegglen, and their children, Jayden, Carter and Harrison; James and wife, Erica Garman, and daughter, Evelyn; Jake and wife, Alexandria Hesting, and son, John; Zane Hesting; Katie Hesting; five grandchildren; twin brother Dan and wife, Vycke Garman; and two sisters, Sherry and husband, Bob Parsons, Linda and husband, Gary Pahls.
Ken's service was held at the Christian Church in Burr Oak, Kan., on Wednesday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m. Interment followed in the Burr Oak Cemetery, Burr Oak, Kan. Visitation was held at Melby Mortuary in Mankato, Kan., on Tuesday, April 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The family suggests memorials to the Burr Oak Library or the Burr Oak Community Center, Burr Oak, Kan. Melby Mortuary, Mankato, Kan., was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences to

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