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Lucille Gammill Kleesick

Monday, June 24, 2002

Lucille Gammill Kleesick was born June 28, 1910, in a sod house on her Grandfather Gammill's ranch in Frontier County. She was the eldest child of Elwood and Nellie (Fisher) Gammill. Her fondest childhood memories were going with her father to deliver mail from Freedom to Stockville with the horse and buggy and playing in her Grandfather James Gammill's log house located near the Medicine Creek.

The family moved to Indianola in 1915, where she started to school. Later the family moved to Bartley where she continued her education and helped her parents operate a restaurant in the brick Bank Building on the west side of the street.

On Sept. 2, 1927, she married Fred "Fritz" Kleesick of Bartley. This marriage lasted 74 years. They farmed in the Bartley area for 45 years. Lucille was a wonderful cook and it was a well known fact that the corn shelling crew always tried to make it to her house for a noon meal. Fred and Lucille were the parents of one daughter, Patsy Lee.

In the early 40s, Lucille helped several girls 4-H clubs and helped with their county fair displays and demonstrations. She also belonged to a project club which, during World War II helped serve the troop trains at the McCook Depot Canteen.

She was a charter member of the Bartley Women's Club and she helped many years with the Bartley Library, a project of the club. The club also volunteered for the U. S. Air Force to have an observation tower and kept a record of planes flying over the area during the war years. Lucille received a small citation from the Air Force for this project. She was a past member of the Live 'N Learn Club and was a member of the 37th Star Chapter D.A.R. of McCook.

Her favorite pastime was reading and doing family history. She also owned a kiln and helped her daughter, Patsy Lee give ceramic lessons. Lucille did all of the ceramic firing for the Bartley Schools and the art teacher during the 70s and 80s.

Diabetes forced Lucille to curtail many of her activities in the past years, but she still managed a home for herself and her husband "Fred," of 74 years. After Fred passed away, Dec. 22, 2001, Lucille moved to an apartment in McCook to be near her daughter, but a stay in the hospital with flu and pneumonia caused many complications and she was forced to go to a nursing home in March.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; her parents; all of her brothers and sisters and their spouses, Gerald and Edna Gammill, James and Kay Gammill, Howard Gammill, Thelma and Haskell Pippen, Kathryn and Harry Caine; son-in-law, Alan Redfern; and great-grandchildren, Leigh Ann and Kurt Redfern.

She is survived by daughter, Patsy Lee Redfern, grandson, James Redfern and great-granddaughter, Erika Redfern all of McCook; one nephew, Gary Gammill of Nampa, Idaho; three nieces, Helen Roberts of Denver, Colo., Nadine Sheridon of Mesquite, Texas and Lois Stillings of Atchison, Kan.; and several cousins.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, 10 a.m., at the Bartley Christian Church with the Rev. Clark Bates officiating. Burial will be in the Bartley Cemetery.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.