Karl Steven Detrich

Karl Steven Detrich, age 70, died June 18, 2019, at his home in Chapman.

Karl was born September 29, 1948 in Junction City, Kansas to Neil and Verna (Book) Detrich of Chapman. He grew up in Chapman, graduating from Dickinson County Community High School in 1966. He attended the University of Kansas, Wichita State University, and the Kansas Vo-Tech truck driving school in Dodge City.

For many years, Karl’s was a life in motion. He lived in at least thirty places including a Navajo mission school and an island off the Washington coast, and had over two dozen employers in occupations as varied as residential and commercial electrician, bus driver, police dispatcher, fork lift mechanic, gasoline tanker driver, house parent, church youth director, municipal power plant operator and newspaper editor/photographer.

In June of 1977, Karl married Jean Ortman of rural Marion, South Dakota. Soon they settled in Chapman, where they would raise their daughters, Sarah and Anna, and live happily together for nearly 42 years.

Quick with a joke, Karl loved camping, hunting, bicycling, canoeing, and traveling with his family to mountains, canyons, forests, and oceans across United States.  His hobbies included photography, writing poetry, and playing the Native American flute. A dedicated Christian, Karl taught middle school and adult Sunday school classes and contributed to the church newsletter. He was handy with tools and home remodel projects, often providing what he would call an imaginative “nickel fix” for needed repairs.

Karl is survived by his wife, Jean, Chapman; daughter Sarah and her husband Joshua Burton, Raleigh, NC, and their daughters, Dalya and Miridian; daughter Anna and her husband Chad Wastell, Omaha, NE, and their sons, Elijah and Malachi; a brother, Phil, Mt. Shasta, CA; and a sister, Beth, and her husband Leon Morton, Cave Creek, AZ, along with several nieces nephews, and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be 5:30-7:00 p.m., Friday, July 19, at Londeen Funeral Home in Chapman. A celebration of Karl’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 20, at Emmanuel Church, 1300 Vine Street in Abilene. Cremation was requested; there will be a private burial at the Indian Hill cemetery in Chapman.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salina Rescue Mission or Voice of the Martyrs, in care of Londeen Funeral Home, PO Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431.

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