Dr. Verlyn W. "Stein" Steinkruger
Verlyn William “Stein” Steinkruger, age 88, of Manhattan, Kansas, died unexpectedly Monday, February 20, 2017, at KU Medical Center. He was born March 26, 1928, the only child of John and Marie (Janssen) Steinkruger of Franklin, Nebraska. He married Mary Lou Long on June 22, 1952. Surviving family member are: Mary Lou (Long) Steinkruger of Manhattan, a daughter, Debbie Eltiste of Leawood, KS, son, Jeff Steinkruger of Derby, KS. Also surviving are two grandsons Derek Eltiste and wife Grace of Shawnee, KS, and Travis Pyle of Derby, KS; and three great grandchildren: Kiersten, Kasen and Tris.
Upon graduating from Franklin High School in 1945, he enlisted in the United States Army on August 21, 1945. He served on active duty until April 1947.
While serving on active duty, he was stationed in Battle Creek, Michigan at Percy Jones General Hospital taking care of returning veterans who were disabled. This sparked his interest in medicine so after being discharged from service, he returned to college for under graduate work and then graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 1953.
Upon graduation he moved to Phillipsburg, Kansas, where he practiced as a Family Practice physician until 1976. He also practiced in Smith Center and then moved to Manhattan in 1987 where he was employed by Irwin Army Hospital, Fort Riley, as a civilian Family Practice physician. He retired from active practice in 1997.
His military career continued through all of his years in private practice as he joined the Kansas National Guard in 1956, while in Phillipsburg. He retired from the Kansas Guard in 1995 having attained the rank of Colonel and served as the State Surgeon for Kansas National Guard 15 years. He also was mobilized with the Kansas Guard in 1968 during the Vietnam Conflict. After being released from active duty, he returned to his private practice in Phillipsburg.
In 2000, he was inducted into the Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame having served his country for 42 years.
His love of medicine and his concern for helping others led him to become interested in starting a free clinic which is now the Flint Hills Community Clinic.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Thursday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.
Graveside services with full military honors will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday at the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery at Fort Riley, 5181 Wildcat Creek Road, Manhattan. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, 801 Leavenworth St., Manhattan, with Reverend R. Cam McConnell officiating
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Memorial contributions may be made to the Flint Hills Community Clinic or the First Presbyterian Church. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.