LAKIN - Gilbert Phlieger, age 86, died on Oct. 10, 2020 at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, KS. He was born on Sept. 1, 1934 at Quinter, KS., the son of Mike & Rosina (Waldman) Phlieger. He married Joan J. Loevenstein on Sept. 2, 1961 at Collyer, KS. She died on July 24, 1983. He later married Margaret “Peg” Thayer on May 24, 1986 at Garden City, KS. She died on January 24, 2015.
Gilbert grew up on the family farm near Quinter and graduated from Quinter High School in 1952. He served in the United States Army as a Medic stationed in Germany from 1958 to 1960 and in the Army Reserves from 1960 to 1964. After his discharge he worked for Quinter Co-op before going to work as a Salesman for White Farm Equipment in Sedalia, MO. In 1983 he moved to Versatile Farm Equipment and in 1988 he went to Krause Plow and retired from there in 2000. He moved to Garden City in 1986 and to Lakin in 2008 while also enjoying spending time at his homes in Harlingen, Texas and Cole Camp, MO., on the Lake of the Ozarks. He was a very kind person and enjoyed collecting die cast scale tractors as well as watching all types of sports. Gilbert was a lifelong Catholic and belonged to St Michael Catholic Church in Collyer until 1985, St Dominic Catholic Church in Garden City from 1985 until 2008 and St Anthony Catholic Church in Lakin after moving there.
Survivors include his two step-sons, Mike Thayer of Lakin, KS., and Sean Thayer of Garden City, KS; step-daughter, Nan Thayer Kartsonis of Tucson, Ariz.; two sisters, Annetta Phlieger and Loretta Turner both of Quinter, KS, six step-grandchildren, Jeffrey Thayer, Andy Thayer, Gilbert Thayer, Allison Thayer Scherrer, Mackenzie Thayer and Cooper Thayer; and seven step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; both wives; two sisters, Renilda Fitzpatrick and Armella Phlieger; and two brothers, Norbert Phlieger and Alvin Phlieger.
Private Funeral Mass will be at St Anthony Catholic Church in Lakin, KS., with Rev Peter Tran as Celebrant. Graveside Service will be at 12:30 PM Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 in Valley View Cemetery at Garden City, KS., with Military honors by Kansas Army National Guard Honor Guard and American Legion District 8 Honor Guard. Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at Garnand Funeral Home in Lakin, KS. Memorials are suggested to High Plains Retirement Village in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com
Posted online on October 19, 2020