Bill J. Krehbiel, 86, retired Halstead High School teacher and coach, died on Monday (July 23, 2012) at Newton Medical Center in Newton.


Bill J. Krehbiel, 86, retired Halstead High School teacher and coach, died on Monday (July 23, 2012) at Newton Medical Center in Newton.
He was born on Nov. 17, 1925, in Moundridge to Phillip and Freni (Stucky) Krehbiel.
He was a retired U.S. Army Major serving in World War II and Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
He was a teacher and coach at Haddam, Centre, Leonardville, Newton, Wichita State and Tabor College prior to his tenure at Halstead.
He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, V.F.W. Post 971 and American Legion Post 2, all of Newton.
On Nov. 23, 1948, he married Billie Marie Luke in Moundridge, and she survives.
Other survivors include sons, Dane (Janet) Krehbiel of Lampe, Mo., and Philip (Pamela) Krehbiel of Manistique, Mich.; daughters, Patricia Busenitz of Whitewater, Susan Krehbiel of Halstead; sister, Phyllis Holdeman of Bowersville, Ga.; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Delbert, Leroy “Dick” and Tom Krehbiel; a sister, Dorothy Pjesky; and a son-in-law, Herbert Busenitz.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday (July 26, 2012) at Kaufman Funeral Home in Halstead, with the family receiving friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday (July 27, 2012) at Newton Bible Church, with Pastor Peter Ostrander officiating.
Burial will follow at Mound Township Cemetery of Moundridge.
Memorials may be given to Liberty Baptist Church or Gideons International, in care of Kaufman Funeral Home of Halstead.