Arthur P. Dobler --2002
Dobler, son of one of the pioneer families of Kit Carson County, passed away on
Friday, April 12, 2002, at the age of 91 years 7 months and 12 days. He was born
on the family homestead north of Bethune on Aug. 31, 1910, the fourth son of
John and Magdalena Stutz Dobler.
His childhood years were spent growing up on the
homestead. He attended school, grades 1-8, at the rural Prairie View School
District north of Bethune. Art was also active, along with the rest of his
family, in the Settlement Hope Congregational Church where he was confirmed on
May 17, 1925.
He spent his early adult life on the family homestead
farming with his parents and brothers and lending a helping hand to neighbors.
In 1929, he ventured a trip to the west coast on his 1923 Harley Davidson
motorcycle, where he visited relatives.
On April 11, 1937, Arthur and Emma Ziegler were united
in marriage on a Sunday afternoon at Hope Congregational Church parsonage. They
left that same afternoon to begin their life together on an irrigated farm near
Proctor. To this union, their first son Kenneth Lee was born on March 29, 1938.
In 1940, after drought conditions had subsided, Art moved his family back to the
Dobler homestead where he farmed and established a herd of registered Hereford
cattle. On Dec. 1, 1942, a second son, Charles Leslie, was born.
Art served on the Prairie View School Board and
was involved in laying the groundwork for consolidation of rural schools. He
also served on the Hope Congregational Church Board. He was a member of the
Christian Business Men’s Chorus, which was an ecumenical religious organization.
In the fall of 1952 the family moved to their present
location so the boys could attend Burlington High School where they would be
active in the vocational agriculture program. Before this move took place, Art
began planning the windbreak around the new farm location. At this time, they
moved their church membership to the First Christian Church in Burlington, where
he held various church offices and enjoyed many years of singing in the choir
and the men’s chorus.
Art continued farming with his son Kenneth and his
grandson Ron until his retirement. He remained on the farmstead and helped with
harvest and was quick to respond whenever summoned. Art enjoyed spending
time with his great-grandchildren and teaching them the ways of the pioneer
life. When the kids weren’t around, you could find Art working outside or
reading various magazines and newspapers. Art and Emma celebrated their 65th
wedding anniversary the day before his death.
Art is survived by his wife Emma of the home; son
Kenneth and wife Cathy; grandson Ron; granddaughter Luann and husband Jeff
Nitsch; great-grandchildren Caleb and Caitlyn Nitsch; brother Elmer and wife
Dolores, all of Burlington; and a host of nieces and nephews. Preceding
him in death were his son Charles; his parents, John and Magdalena; infant
sister Magdalena Dorothea; brothers Bill, John, Ted, and Walter.
Funeral services for Art were held on Tuesday, April
16, 2002, at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church in Burlington. Officiating
ministers were Paul Barker and Joe Massi. Musical selections were provided
by Art’s nephews and Hope Congregational Church men’s choir. Musicians were
Merna Carlin and Deb Dobler. Casket bearers were Tom Dobler, Don Dobler,
Jim Dobler, Raymond Dobler, Alvin Strobel, Arnold Strobel, and Leland Strobel.
Honorary bearers were Art’s remaining nephews. Art was laid to rest in the
Fairview Cemetery in Burlington. Memorials may be made in Art’s name to the
First Christian Church and may be left at Community First National Bank in