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Darrel R. Boutz

Darrel  R. Boutz Darrel Raymond Boutz, age 92, a longtime Zeandale Community resident died September 14, 2017, at the Good Shepherd House in Manhattan.

He was born April 23, 1925, in Sheridan County, Kansas, the son of Albert R and Theresa Hermina (Walkemeyer) Boutz. Darrel attended a country grade school and graduated from Decatur County High School in Oberlin, Kansas.

Darrel was united in marriage to Dorothea Joy Henderson on June 2, 1947 in Washington, Kansas.

Darrel worked in rural Goodland, KS for five years before moving to Rice and then Ames, KS where they resided for five years prior to moving in 1956 to Zeandale Community where they have lived ever since.

Darrel worked for Southwestern Bell for 29 years as a lineman and later an assigner, retiring in 1980. Following retirement he ran an apple orchard and Christmas tree farm.

Darrel was a member of the Zeandale Community Church where he attended services regularly and served as a Sunday School superintendent. He worked with many as a 4-H woodworking leader, was a member of the Zeandale Township Rural Fire Department, Konza Campers, Zeandale Senior Citizens, Riley County Seniors' Service Center, served as chairman of the Riley County Council on Aging, and a charter member of the Crafty Seniors Plus. Darrel derived great pleasure in wood crafting toys, antique vehicles, and household items including the cedar chests he made for each of his children and grandchildren.

Darrel is survived by wife Dorothea of the home, four children: Raymond Boutz and his wife Cathy of Dover, AR, Sandy Turner and Steve Gilley of Overland Park, KS, Sharon Wilson and her husband Gayler of Augusta, KS, and Gary Boutz and his wife Aline of Topeka, KS; two brothers: Glen and his wife Anita of Mulvane, KS, and Everett and his wife Bonnie of Jefferson City, MO; eight grandchildren: Kirk Boutz, Tim and Patrick Schuck, Gayla Backes, Shawn Wilson, Alisa Chadwick, Bryan Boutz, and Adam Boutz; 10 great grandchildren, several sister and brother-in-laws, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six sisters: Freda Morgan, Flora Edwards, France's Mosier, Doreen Boutz, Leona Somers, and Waneta Nilson; four brothers: Doyle, Luther, Leo, and Homer Boutz; one grandson Brent Wilson, and two great-grandsons.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, September 18th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel with Reverend Wesley Paddock officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Zeandale.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 PM Sunday, September 17th, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be left for the family by clicking on "Send Condolences" on this page.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Zeandale Community Church, Gideon's International or Homecare & Hospice, Inc. Contributions may be left in the care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan KS, 66502.

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