Richard Longberg 1926-2018

Richard Gale “Ben” Longberg, 91, died peacefully Saturday, March 3, 2018.

He was born Sept. 9, 1926, on the family farm in Soldier and graduated from Sabetha High School in 1944.

He married Shirley Leta Fiske, raising their nine children in Sabetha. He was a man of few words. He liked to tease and was proud to be “Papa Ben” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; daughters Colleen Souders (Tim), Carol Landen (Randy), Sheila Schlotterbeck, Edna Sewell (Todd Phillips), Valerie Dahlke (Kerry) and Mary Abraham (Mark); sons Fred (Margaret), Harold (Traci) and Richard (Jackie); sister, Gladys Mary Renyer; 16 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 9 at the Southwest Community Church, 3214 S. Edwards Ave., Wichita. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Baker Funeral Home, 6100 E. Central, Ste. 203, Wichita. More details at


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Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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