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Thanks to Judy Steeples Alston for sharing some of the photos she received from her father, Hillon Steeples! Judy writes “I remember Grandmother Olive Kobler Steeples telling me about the two photos below … that my Granddad Chester Steeples took the first photo and that our Great Granddad Carl Kobler took the second so that they could both be in a photo”. Standing: Leo Kobler, Jay Paxson, Elma Paxon Kobler, D.J. Steeples, Marie Kobler Steeples, Wallace Steeples, Olive Kobler Steeples, […]
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The following photos all came from Olive Kobler Steeples’ album, handed down to Donna Steeples Childs. These photos were all scanned by Kathi Duncan, the mother of Donna’s daughter in law. Thank you to Donna for sharing these photos and Kathi for taking the time to scan them! Many of these photos were taken during the 1915 World Fair trip. Many others are unknown. Text on the back of photos is also provided. I will add descriptions for these photos […]
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The following photos were provided by Debbie Musselman and came from her Aunt Opal Fortune Harris’ photo collection. Thank you again to both of them for sharing and providing the names! If anyone can help with the unknown names, it would be appreciated. Back row: unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, unkown, unknown, unknown, unknown, (porch) Elma Paxson Kobler (holding Raymond Kobler), unknown, unknown, unknown, unkown, Sibby Paxson, Cyrus Paxson Porch seated back row: unknown, unknown, unknown sister of Sibby Hadley Paxson, […]
Darryl Kobler, son of Raymond and Charlotte Kobler, was born on January 15, 1936. He died on January 30, 1961 when his navy fighter jet crashed near Catalina Island, CA. Darryl is buried in Lenora South Cemetery, Lenora, KS.
Additional photos of Darryl can be found on the Ray and Charlotte Kobler page.
Darryl Kobler Killed In Plane Wreck In California
Lt. (JG) Darryl F. Kobler, 25-year-old Navy flier from Hays, Kansas, was killed Monday when his jet fighter crashed at sea a few minutes after he took off from Miramar Naval Air Station.
Lieut. Kobler was on what was supposed to be a 40-minute training flight. Coast Guard patrol boats found his body, a life jacket and the wreckage of his plane 11 miles west of Catalina Island. The air station said it lost radio contact with him 18 minutes after he took off but he gave no indication of being in trouble.
Daryl’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kobler, live at 2307 Main St. in Hays.
Mrs. Kobler is the former Charlotte Cutting, Lenora. The Koblers had four sons, Dean, Daryl, Gilbert and Ardon.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday afternoon from the First Methodist Church in Hays. Burial will be in the Lenora South Cemetery.
[Source: The Lenora News (Lenora, Kansas), 1 February 1961.]
Paul Lee Kobler Mars was the son of Fred and Edna Kobler. Paul was born Dec 30, 1918 in Hill City, KS, two months after his father, Frederick, died from influenza during WW I. After Fred’s death, Edna remarried Charles T. Mars and changed Paul’s name to Mars so her children would have the same last name. They lived in Grand Junction, CO.
Paul was a WW II Navy Lieutenant pilot, who flew bomber aircraft in the Caribbean and South Atlantic. He died 19 Sept., 1945 in a plane crash in Beaufort, South Carolina just weeks after having served in World War II.
The Kobler reunion on Memorial Day weekend, 2013, was a great success! It was fun to meet many cousins for the first time. Thanks to:
Please help us correct any mistakes with the names.
Back Row L-R: John Kobler, Arden Kobler, Anthony Kobler, Chris Kobler, Matt Kobler, Gilbert Kobler, Jerry Kobler, Brian Davis
All Standing L-R: Dave Steeples (feet only due to photographer incompetence), Joanne Steeples, Doug Hardman, Mindy Hardman Loveless, Brad Loveless, Doug Gruenbacher, Shelly Gruenbacher, Ella Gruenbacher, Connie Steeples, Sonja Steeples, Lois Settles, Jim Steeples, Marti Davis, Dan Steeples, Casey Davis, Blaine Hardman, Codey Davis, Justin Hardman, Sharon Hardman, Rod Hardman, Art Solomon, Becky Kobler, Debbie Harley, Don Steeples, Stuart Harley, Pat Madden-Beran, Ken Beran
Back Seated L-R: Tim Rath, Frank Vincent, Martha Vincent, Pat Rath, Phil Rath, Nancy Hardman, Donna Childs, Rick Childs
Middle Seated L-R: Jane Martin, Mike Martin, Tammy Steeples, Karla Johnson, Leary Johnson, Karen Martin, Ann Solomon
Front-Middle Seated L-R: Ken Lummus, Karen Lummus, Mike Settles, Yvonne Settles, Arlo Hardman Moriarty, Lori Moriarty, Craig Kobler, Erin Kobler holding Declan Kobler
Front Seated L-R: Bob Settles, Robin Hardman, Phyllis Kobler Madden
Front Floor L-R: Eli Gruenbacher, Ethan Gruenbacher, Merit Martin, Tag Martin, Santos Hardman Moriarty, Jacob Kobler
Not pictured: Duane and Carol Steeples, John and Cynthia Steeples, Summer Steeples and Brad Yoder. Please let us know if others attended who are not in the photo.
Back Row L-R: John Kobler, Arden Kobler, Anthony Kobler, Chris Kobler, Matt Kobler, Gilbert Kobler, Jerry Kobler, Codey Davis
Standing L-R: Dave Steeples, Shelly Gruenbacher, Ella Gruenbacher, Lois Settles, Jim Steeples, Dan Steeples, Blaine Hardman, Justin Hardman, Rod Hardman, Don Steeples
Back Seated L-R: Doug Hardman, Tim Rath, Martha Vincent, Phil Rath, Nancy Hardman, Donna Childs, Casey Davis, Marti Davis
Middle Seated L-R: Mike Martin, Merit Martin, Karen Martin, Karla Johnson, Pat Madden-Beran, Ann Solomon
Front-Middle Seated L-R: Ken Lummus, Mindy Hardman Loveless, Mike Settles, Debbie Harley, Craig Kobler holding Declan Kobler
Front Seated L-R: Tag Martin, Arlo Hardman Moriarty, Robin Hardman, Phyllis Kobler Madden
Front Floor: Santos Hardman Moriarty
Wayne Kobler (Jan 11, 1922 – June 27, 1944) was the son of Art & Gertrude Kobler. An American hero during World War II, Lt. Wayne F. Kobler was part of the 318th Fighter Group, giving his life for his country.
Lt. Wayne F. Kobler (19th) became one of the first army pilots killed. On June 27th , he and six other pilots flew a rocket strafing mission against enemy positions on Gurguan Point. During the low level attack, the Japanese set off a buried 500 lb. bomb that caught two T-Bolts full blast. Lt. Richard B. Whitzig was missing as the flight regrouped and was never found. Graves Registration found Kobler weeks later. The Japanese had buried him, marked his grave, and covered it with a parachute. The new number two strip by Isley Field would be named Kobler Field in his honor. (So is Koblerville on present day Saipan.)
318th Fighter Group
Wayne is buried in Punch Bowl National Memorial Cemetery, Honolulu, HI. Thanks to Andrea Kobler Taylor and Ray Pruiett for the following photos:
Here is a descendant tree with two generations of Koblers for John and Mary:
John & Mary Kobler Descendants
Otto Kobler, son of Carl and Elma Kobler, was born on Aug. 30, 1908, in Penokee, KS. He died on March 24, 2001 in Hill City, KS. He married Helen Y. Bowman on February 7, 1941 in Ellsworth, KS. She was born on August 11, 1911 and died on September 22, 2009 in Wakeeney, KS. Otto and Helen are both buried in Penokee Cemetery, Penokee, KS.
HILL CITY — Otto F. Kobler, 92, Hill City, died Saturday, March 24, 2001, at Dawson Place Nursing Home, Hill City.
Mr. Kobler was born Aug. 30, 1908, at rural Penokee. He was a farmer-stockman and a member of Hill City United Methodist Church, Penokee School Board, Graham County Hospital Board, Graham County ASCS Committee and Consolidated State Bank Board of Directors. He also was a member of Masonic Lodge for more than 65 years and was a charter member of BPOE Lodge 1995.
Survivors include his wife, Helen of Hill City; a son, Jerry of Hill City; a daughter, Ann Solomon of Livermore, Calif.; a brother, Raymond of Hays; a sister, Marie Steeples of Hays; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hill City United Methodist Church, the Rev. Mehl Cruit officiating. Private family burial will be in Penokee Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hill City United Methodist Church, Graham County Hospital or the donor’s choice.
There will be no visitation.
Spencer-Stinemetz Chapel of Hill City, 522 N. Pomeroy, Hill City 67642, is handling arrangements.
Raymond L. Kobler, son of Carl and Elma Kobler, was born on April 23, 1913, in Penokee, KS. He died on March 3, 2006, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis, Wichita. He married Charlotte Harris-Cutting June 4, 1933. She was born on May 11, 1912 and died on April 18, 2001. Raymond and Charlotte are both buried in Lenora South Cemetery, Lenora, KS.
Ray and Charlotte had the following children:
Standing: Dean Kobler, Gilbert Kobler, Darryl Kobler
Sitting: Charlotte Kobler, Arden Kobler, Raymond Kobler
Standing: Gilbert Kobler, Arden Kobler
Sitting: Charlotte Kobler, Raymond Kobler, Darryl Kobler
Raymond L. Kobler, 92, Hays, died Friday, March 3, 2006, at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis, Wichita.
He was born April 23, 1913, in Penokee to Carl L. and Elma (Paxson) Kobler. He was a 1931 graduate of Hill City High school.
He married Charlotte Harris-Cutting June 4, 1933. She preceded him in death April 18, 2001.
He moved to Omaha, Neb., and then to Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1935. He was a member of Texas Voluntary Air Guard from 1935 to 1945. He moved to Hays in 1945 and was co-owner of Nash-Rambler-Jeep-Eagle Dealership until his retirement.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church, American Legion Post, member and past president of Rotary Club and Masonic Lodge, all of Hays; charter member of No. 1286 of the Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association, since 1934; a life member of Ellis County Historical Society; and was the oldest Kansas member of the National Rifle Association.
Survivors include three sons, Dean Kobler; Newton, Gilbert Kobler; Duncanville, Texas, and Arden Kobler, Hays; eight grandchildren, Deanne White, Ronald Kobler, Randal Kobler, Travis Kobler, Andrew Makua, Anthony Kobler, Christopher Kobler and Matthew Kobler; and seven great-grandchildren, Deidre Kobler; Ian Kobler, Evan Kobler, Kelly White, Mattlock White, Kaycee White and Darius Makua.
He was preceded in death by a son, Lt. j.g. Darryl Kobler; two brothers, Leo Kobler and Otto Kobler; and two sistesr, Olive Steeples and Marie Steeples.
Services at 10 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, Hays; graveside services at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Lenora South Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church, Hays, or Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis, 7th floor Oncology Unit, S.W., Wichita.
First United Methodist Church
15 March 2006
Interment: Lenora South Cemetery, Lenora, Kansas
[Source: The Hill City Times (Hill City, Kansas), 8 March 2006.]