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Alvin Carl Dettmer

Born - March 14, 1910

Kensington, Smith County, Kansas

Married - June 3, 1934

Saint John's Lutheran Church

Kensington, Smith County, Kansas

Died - September 3, 1995

Kensington, Smith County, Kansas



Alvin Dettmer

 Alvin Carl Dettmer was born on a farm near Kensington on March 14, 1910, the eldest son of John and Barbara (Miller) Dettmer. He passed away September 3, 1995 at Prairie Haven Nursing Home, Kensington.

Alvin was baptized by Pastor Hainke, confirmed by Pastor Bunge and was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church. He was Sunday school superintendent, deacon and served St. John in numerous ways.

On June 3, 1934 he was married to Blanche Vecera and to this union two daughters were born: Sharon Smith and Barbara Reilley. Alvin and Blanche spent most of their married life farming south of Kensington. They always enjoyed working together. In 1980 they moved into their home in Kensington.

Survivors include his wife, Blanche; two daughters: Sharon Smith, Lincoln, Nebraska and Barbara Reilley and husband Donald, Smith Center; eight grandchildren: Allen and Valerie Smith, Tracy and Laurie Smith, Bradley and Mary Smith, Gloria Smith, Denise and Bevan S. Staple, Tammy and Alan Weiser, Mare and Heather Reilley and Jenny Reilley; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Eulonda Hagman and LaVona Gruber and husband Melvin; sister-in-law Mildred Dettmer; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 5 at St. John Lutheran Church, Kensington with Pastor Connie Morrow and Pastor Dan Breda officiating. Pastor Dave Hutson was soloist accompanied by

 Carolyn Holle, organist.

Casket bearers were: Allen, Tracy and Brad Smith, Mare Reilley, Alan Weiser, Rod Hagman, Eugene Hagman Jr., and Greg Gruber. Honorary bearers were Bevan Staple, Duane Engelke and Alvin's friends.

Burial was in St. John Lutheran Cemetery



We want to thank our children, grandchildren, relatives, friends and the community for the many prayers, flowers, cards, calls, food, visits, and other acts of kindness during the illness and death of Alvin.

Thank you to Pastor Connie, Pastor Dan, doctors, Smith Community Memorial Hospital Staff and the Prairie Haven Staff for the loving care and concern for Alvin.

Blanche Dettmer

Sharon Smith

Barbara and Donald Reilley


Phillips County Review

September 14,1995




Wife - Blanche Eileen (Vecera) Dettmer

Born - November 24, 1914

Kensington, Smith County, Kansas

Died - Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Kensington, Smith County, Kansas

Father - John W. Vecera

Born -  January 19, 1888 - Nebraska

Mother - Louise (Bleche) Vecera

Born - 1892 - Nebraska




Blanche Dettmer

KENSINGTON Blanche Dettmer, 91, Kensington, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006.

Mrs. Dettmer was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin, in 1995; a granddaughter; and two great-grandsons.

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Smith of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Barbara Reilly of Smith Center; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Saint

John Lutheran Church, Kensington. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Services of Smith Center, the church or American Heart Association, in care of Simmons-Olliff-Boeve Chapel, 116 W. First, Smith Center 66967.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the chapel and 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.


The Salina Journal

February 2, 2006




Daughter - Sharon (Dettmer) Smith

Born -June 14, 1936

Married - September 15, 1954

Husband - Henry M. Smith


Daughter - Barbara E. (Dettmer) Reilley

Born -September 25, 1938

Married - November 30, 1957

Husband - Donald L. Reilley



Brother - Wilbur Dettmer

Born - March 12, 1915

Kensington, Smith County, Kansas

Married - December 25. 1941

Died - April 1, 1984

Wife - Mildred R. (Suchland) Dettmer


Sister-  Eulonda (Dettmer) Hagman

Born - March 13, 1929

Kensington, Smith County, Kansas

Married - September 1, 1946

Husband - Eugene F. Hagman

Born -  April 27, 1926  Died - September 26, 1988


Sister - Lavona I. (Dettmer) Gruber

Born - February 6, 1932

Kensington, Smith County, Kansas

Married - July 24, 1949

Kensington, Smith County Kansas

Died - Friday, August 30, 2013

Mount Joseph Senior Village

Concordia, Cloud County, Kansas

Burial - Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Saint John's Lutheran Cemetery

Kensington, Smith County, Kansas

Husband - Melvin I. Gruber

Born - December 13,1928

Kensington , Smith County, Kansas

Died - Monday, February 7, 2011

Kansas Heart Hospital

Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas

Burial - Friday, February 11, 2011

Saint John's Lutheran Cemetery

Kensington, Smith County, Kansas

Father - Irwin Hubert Gruber

Mother - Tressie Elizabeth (Vibber) Gruber



Father -   Johann Detrich Dettmer

Mother - Babette Sophia Maria (Mueller) Dettmer




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