Jean E. Dettmer (April 17, 1944 - January 14, 2024)

Published 01/22/2024


Jean Elaine Nedrow Dettmer, daughter of Kenneth and Letha (Nonamaker) Nedrow was born on April 17, 1944 in Phillipsburg, KS and passed away January 14, 2024 in Phillipsburg at the age of 79.

Jean attended school in Agra, KS graduating with the class of 1962. On August 15, 1964 she was united in marriage to Gordon Dettmer at St. John Lutheran Church in Kensington. Gordon and Jean both graduated from Kansas State University in the spring of 1967. They returned to make their home in Phillips County where Jean used her degree in Education to teach in the Eastern Heights school district. Jean taught full time until after the birth of their second child and returned to teaching as a substitute once their third child was old enough to be in school full time.

Jean was active in her community and was instrumental in raising money to build the tennis courts in Agra. She was also a project leader for the Agra Trailblazers 4H club and served as a club leader alongside her husband.

After following the sporting events and activities of their children, Gordon and Jean became season ticket holders for K-State football and women’s basketball once their family was grown. They also enjoyed visiting their children’s families and grandchildren’s special programs and events.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband Gordon and parents Kenneth and Letha Nedrow. She is survived by her son Scott Dettmer and wife Rebecca of Agra, KS; daughters Lynda Riley and husband Matt of Oskaloosa, KS and Stacy Timmer and husband Jake of Craig, CO. Her seven grandchildren, Paul Riley, Josie James, Jenna Timmer, Kate Timmer, Jesse Dettmer, Cody Dettmer, and Annie Dettmer will miss Grandma Jeanie.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 25, 2024 at the Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel, Phillipsburg, with Pastor Lee Bennight officiating. Burial will follow in the Agra Cemetery, Agra, KS.

Mrs. Dettmer will lie in state from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday with the family receiving friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church or the F. Lee Doctor Library.



Wednesday, January 24, 2024
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel
1115 2nd Street
Phillipsburg, KS 67661

Funeral Service

Thursday, January 25, 2024
10:30 AM

Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel
1115 2nd Street
Phillipsburg, KS 67661