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In 1880 Hardin County, Iowa Joseph, 36, and Caroline 32, both  born Prussia  have George F. 38 and Edward J. 4.

Alice E. Headly is eight in the 1885 Gage County, Nebraska census,   In 1880 Gage County she was with grandparents Isaac 60 and Susan E . 58.

Joseph Klie cash-claimed a quarter in section 28 of 3S 42W - KANSAS  in 1889

And in 1908 Ida C. Klie cash-claimed 168 acres in sections 5, 20, 29 and 32 of 3S 42W, that's in Kansas too.

George F. Klie proved up a homestead in 1898 in 27, 3S 42W (where the Gurney post office was located), and a cash claim for a small tract in section 34 in 1916.  "Geo F. Klie, of Gurney, Kansas.... witnesses George E. Schlosser, August Wininger and A.J. Browning, of Jaqua, Kan. , and I.C. Rice, of Gurney, Kan."

Joseph and Carrie are in Wano district, Cheyenne County in 1900, with Ida September 1881 in Iowa and Josephine January 1886 in Nebraska.

In 1910 Bird City Kansas Ida is married to Frank C. Kellison,3 2, and they have Ivy M 2 and Harvey P. 1.  Frank's sister Lizzie A. Kellison 16 and his widowed sister-in-law Maud A. Kellison, 23 are also with them.

In 1900 Cheyenne County Kansas George Klei born Aug 1871 in Iowa, has been married six years to Allice Oct 1877 Nebraska.  They've had four children, two living.  Agnes and Angie, both May 1899 in Kansas.  John Adam April 1881 Colorado is with them, but no relationship or occupation.

 In 1905 Cheyenne County, Kansas Geo F. 33 and Alice 27 have Angie 5, Agnes 5, and Wilmot 3.

In 1910 Lansing, Yuma County they have the twins, George W. 9, Carrie M. one, and a boarder William S. Bond, 23, a groom for a stallion.

1909 "Miss Lena Scheible began her school in the Klie district Monday of last week."

George was the Gurney postmaster in 1911 - town population ws 8.


Joseph Klie, born 1844, died June 21, 1913, is buried in the Saint Francis, Kansas cemetery.

1914 "Geo. F. Klie went to St. Francis Saturday and met his mother, Mrs. Joseph Klie, who has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. F.C. Kellison of Bird City." (Ida Kellison)

"Mrs. Carrie Klie is visiting her daughter, Mrs. E. M. Brown, of near Armel."

1915 "Mrs. C. Klie returned Saturday from a week's visit with her daughter at Bird City."

1916 "The Klie children are recovering from a siege of the measles."



In 1920 Lansing they have the twins, George, Mildred, and mother Caroline T. Klie, 71

Angie Klie married Glen "Ekbug" - has to be Ekberg - Oct 16, 1921,

They called their home "State Line Ranch" in 1922.

and Geo Klie married Gladys Ekburg Aug 20, 1924,

and Mildred Klie married Ray Andrews October 16, 1929.

In 1930 Saint Francis, Kansas it's just George, Alice, and mother Carrie.  No occupation for any.

Wilmot, 28 and Gladys 25, in 1930 Armel have Wilmot E. 2 and  newborn George R.

In 1940 they have Wilmot 12, George Roger 10, Nancy Jean 6, Bonnie Lyne 5, and Charles Fredrick 1.

  Thanks to the McIlvanie family

George Wilmot Klie, with his wife, Gladys, and most likely (from the 1940 census), their 3 youngest children, Bonnie, Nancy Jean, and Charles Fredrick;
a farm family in Yuma County, Colorado, August 1939;
taken during my mom's parents' (John and Maude McIlvanie) road trip, in the Summer of 1939;
Gladys was a younger sister to Gracie (Eckberg) Chase, Maude's long-time friend.
The Klies and Eckbergs resided south of Wray, in northeastern Colorado.

Mildred Alberta Schritter, 84, of Greeley, Colo., died Friday, Oct. 1, 2007, at the Life Care Center of Greeley, Colo. She was born Jan. 31, 1923, to Glen Oliver and Angie (Klie) Ekberg in Wray, Colo. Mildred married Robert Schritter, and they had celebrated their 60th anniversary. She lived in Fort Lupton until moving to the Greeley place. Mildred is survived by her husband, Robert Schritter of Greeley; sons, Alan Schritter and wife, Liz, and Roger Schritter and wife, Ronda; brothers, Glen Ekberg and wife, Velma, and George Ekberg and wife, Kay; and grandchildren, Jonathan, Jarrod and Derek and wife, Tabitha. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Dale and Earle. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, October 16 at Allnutt Funeral Service/Macy Chapel. Interment was on Oct. 19 at Armel Cemetery, Wray. Cremation was held.


Royce Wade Wiley entered the world in a small three-room house located on the farm near Hale, on Jan. 21, 1932. He was welcomed into the world by his father, Ernest Martin Wiley, mother Agnes Irene (Klie) Wiley, and brothers, Leo Ward and Ray Max Wiley.
Royce was quick to become involved in the day-to-day farming operation and developed a lifelong love of livestock and the land. As a student Royce excelled and completed high school by the age of 16. At that point he fol-lowed in his father’s footsteps and took up farming and ranching as a life, working many days from dawn to dusk to pursue his dream.
In 1949 Royce met the love of his life, Evelyn JoAnn (Rogers) Wiley at a MYF gathering.
Royce and JoAnn were married Feb.
10, 1952, at the Rogers’ home in the Armel community. Over the course of the next 9 years the Wiley’s were blessed with three children. The first was a son, Gale Royce Wiley, the second a daughter, Evelyn Darlene Wiley and the third, a son, Darrel Gene Wiley. Royce spent the rest of his life investing his time and energy in being a husband, father, grandfather, farmer and rancher.
One of the best ways to motivate Royce throughout his life was to tell him he couldn’t do something, at which point he would set out to show you he could.
This trait became extremely valuable when on Jan. 8, 1970, Royce experienced a tragic and life changing event when he was severely burned in a farm accident. During the next six months in the hospital and throughout the rest of his life Royce faced the challenges of overcoming all the things the medical community had told him he couldn’t do.
When they told him he probably wouldn’t make it, he did.
When they told him that he probably would never walk again he proceeded to prove them wrong.
When they told him he would not be farming again, he proceeded to show them that he would.
With the help of family and friends Royce was able to return to the farm and continued to pursue farming and ranching until he moved to Burlington in 2002.
On Thursday, July 23, 2010 Royce left this life due to complications that were the result of his accident so many years before. In his death Royce left this world much as he entered it, in the presence of his family at his home in Burlington.
Royce will be remembered for his courage and endurance in life, his love of farming, and his commitment to his family.
Those who remain to rejoice in his memory include his wife of 58 years, JoAnn of Burlington; son Gale and Linda of Englewood; daughter Darlene Boden and husband Randy of Burlington; son Darrel and wife Vicki of Wray, and their son Jeremiah of Tulsa, Okla.; brother Ward Wiley and wife Vaudie of Burlington; sister-in-law Delores Wiley of St. Francis, Kan.; brother-in-law Kenny Rogers and wife Gail of Meeker; brother-in-law Jim Rogers of Wray; sister-in-law Beverly Tracy and husband Rex of Wray; sister-in-law Betty Jo Rogers of Wray; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brother Ray; mother-in-law and father-in-law Eva and Marlin Stute; sister-in-law Carol Rogers.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, July 28, 2010, in St. Francis, Kan. at Knodel Funeral Home. The Rev. Curtis Cadenhead, special friend of Royce and his family, officiated at the service.
Memorials may be sent to Caring Hands Hospice in Burlington or the church of your choice.
Arrangements were by Knodel Funeral Home.



Funeral services for Henry Adam Kier of Fort Collins were held December 11, 1985, in the Wray United Methodist Church with Rev. Ross Kershaw officiating. Burial was made in the Armel Cemetery.

Henry Adam Kier was born June 15, 1982, to Timothy and Leslie Jones Kier in Wray. He passed away December 1, 1985, at Children's Hospital in Denver at the age of three years, five months and 22 days.

He had undergone three heart operations at Children's Hospital in Denver.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfathers and grandmother, Henry Adam Bernard of Benkelman, Wilmont Klie of Wray, James Jones of Goodland, Kansas, and Lyle Lorraine Kier of Vernon.

He is survived by his parents, Timothy and Leslie Jones Kier of Fort Collins; grandparents, Arlene (Bernard, Kier) Sharp of Wray, Manson and Bonnie Klie Jones of St. Francis, Kansas, and Jackie Kier of Max, Nebraska; great-grandmother, Zoe B. Jones of Goodland, Kansas; aunts and uncles, Mick and Melody Kier, Joshua and Chad of Beaver City, Nebraska, Allen and Sherry Kier Jones of Clayton, New Mexico, LeeRoy and Lynne Neitzel, Lowell and Lindsey of St. Francis, Kansas, and Lacy Jones; great-grandparents, Helen Bernard of Imperial, Gladys Klie of Wray and Charlie Kier of Parks; and numerous relatives and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made in Hank's name to First National Bank of Wray. The money will be sent to the Cardiovascular Research Center at Children's Hospital in Denver.

This is what Tim and Les wrote about Hank:

"Hank was a ray of sunshine to all he met. Even in Fort Collins, people always remembered him and he never knew a stranger. Although he had suffered from congenital heart disease since birth, he never used it as a crutch. Instead, he strived to accomplish the same things as other children. When that was not possible, he would watch and cheer them on. After he learned to walk at age two, he enjoyed a broader

world and spent much time visiting with neighbors in the courtyard, never hesitating because of race or color. From these friendships, Hank learned to enjoy cultural differences and speak many languages. One of the highlights of his life was being ring bearer at his aunt Sherry’s and uncle Pete's wedding where he managed to steal the show.

November 24 he entered Children's Hospital in Denver to be prepared for open-heart surgery November 26. The conical procedure that was performed was plagued by complications, and December 7, 1985, he passed on, even though the doctors did everything humanly possible to pull him back.




CLIFFORD WAYNE PAGE m. 24 Jul. 1950 Salem, Or. AVRIL ELAINE ANDREWS b. 4 Oct. 1931 Armel,Co. d/o Ray W. and Mildred C. (Klie) Andrews.  Naval Reserves Active duty 1955 in or near Japan.


     48649 BRAD LESLIE PAGE b. 19 Mar. 1955 Corvallis, Or.

    48650 RENEE ELAINE PAGE b. 24 Apr. 1962 Corvallis, Or.

     48651 SCOTT WAYNE PAGE b. 31 Dec. 1963 Or.




Wilmot E. (Willie) Klie passed away Thursday, October 28, 2010 at Hillcrest Nursing Home, Wray, Colorado. Wilmot was born September 12, 1927 on the family farm to George Wilmot and Gladys Ekberg Klie.

Willie and Patricia J. (Patty) Carmichael were married on October 3, 1948 and farmed in the St. Francis area. Willie was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Roderick Klie, brothers-in-law, Mason Lynn Jones and Wayne Davis, and wife Patty.

He is survived by his sisters, Jean Davis, Center, Colorado; and Bonnie Jones, St. Francis; and brother and wife, Fred and Shelly Klie, St. Francis. Also surviving him are his children, Robert and JoAnn Klie, St. Francis; Toni and Brent Enfield, Derby, Kansas; Melinda King, Bentonville, Arkansas; Paul Klie, St. Francis.

He is also survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, John and Aly Klie and Nathan, Tuscola, Illinois; David Klie, Great Bend, Kansas; Lisa and Alex Tilma, Wichita, Kansas; Lora Parker, Evie and Veronica, Lawrence, Kansas; Bryce and Emily Miracle, Bentonville, Arkansas; Nikki Klie, Trenton, Nebraska; and Hailee Klie, Limon, Colorado; Sheree Klie, Limon, Colorado; Gavin Klie, Culbertson, Nebraska; and Kayla Bentley, Sharon Springs, Kansas.

Willie also served with the United States Army 1945 – 1947 in Japan at the end of World War II. He was proud to serve his country and received a letter of commendation for his exemplary work. Upon leaving the Army, he returned to the St. Francis area where he farmed and ranched with Patty until his retirement in 2000. During his farming career, he was awarded Soil Conservation awards, and the family farm was honored at the Colorado State Fair in 1998 for being continuously farmed by member of the same family for over 100 years.

While able, Willie was active in various churches, teaching Sunday school and serving on church boards. He was also active in Gideon’s and the Full Gospel Fellowship.

Funeral services were held November 1, 2010 at the St. Francis Community Church with interment at the Armel Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association or the St. Francis Community Church.


ST. FRANCIS -- Paul Jeffrey Klie, 44, died Feb. 8, 2013. He was born July 1, 1968, in Denver. He was a mechanic. He is survived by his son, Gavin Klie, of Culbertson, Neb.; two daughters, Nikki Klie, of McCook, Neb., and Sheree Klie, of Stratton, Neb.; brother, Bob Klie, of St. Francis; and two sisters, Toni Enfield, of Derby, and Christa Shannon, of Milton-Freewater, Ore. There will be no visitation, as cremation was chosen. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. CST Saturday, Feb. 23, at Knodel Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in Armel Cemetery. Memorials to assist with burial expenses may be sent in care of Knodel Funeral Home, 202 S. Benton, St. Francis 67756.


Leo Ward Wiley entered into eternal life on Feb. 7, 2013 at the age of 88. Ward was born on Sept. 30, 1924 to Ernest and Agnes (Klie) Wiley. Ward grew up on the family farm near Hale with brothers Ray and Royce. He attended Browning Grade School and graduated from Armel High School in 1942.As a man, Ward loved the land. He was enriched by all of the beauty and majesty that God gave him to enjoy. He was a devoted farmer and rancher and took pride in his life's work.As a husband, he adored his beautiful bride of 68 years. Ward started dating the love of his life, Vaudie Jones, their junior year of high school. Their first date was to the junior prom banquet and then to a movie in Wray.Ward and Vaudie were married Jan. 14, 1945 at the Methodist Church in St. Francis, Kan.As a father, he knew how lucky he was to have three loving daughters. Patricia, Susan and Sally.In 1984 Ward and Vaudie moved to Burlington and he continued to farm and ranch until retiring in 1996. They enjoyed volunteering at the Colorado Welcome Center and traveling. Some of his greatest joys came from visiting with friends and neighbors, usually over a cup of coffee, playing pinochle, and of course getting to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ward and Vaudie delighted in atttending their 4-H and FFA activities, sporting events, music programs and plays. Ward was a proud member of the St. Francis Masonic Lodge No. 404 and was honored to receive his 65-year certificate from the Grand Lodge of Kansas. Ward and Vaudie moved to Wheatridge in Goodland, Kan. in 2010 and then to Greeley in July of 2012.Ward is preceded in death by his parents, brothers and son-in-law Steve Knodel. He is survived by his wife, Vaudie; daughters Patricia Meyer and husband Les of Greeley, Sally Parker and husband Brett of Burlington and Susan Knodel of Idalia; sisters-in-law Dolores Wiley of St. Francis, Kan. and JoAnn Wiley of Burlington; six grandchildren, six and a half great-grandchildren, plus numerous nieces and nephews, along with many wonderful friends also survive him.Funeral services were held on Feb. 11, 2013 at the United Methodist Church in St. Francis, Kan. with the Reverend Warren Cico officiating. Pallbearers were Reed Parker, Gale Wiley, Robin Wiley, Kent Wiley, Keith Wiley, Charles Bandel, Dave Smith and Jeff Raile.Interment was at the Armel Cemetery, Armel.

Knodel Funeral Home of St. Francis, Kan. was in charge of arrangements.

Charles F. Klie was living in Montrose, Colorado

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