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Karen L. Elsasser

KSAL StaffJune 29, 2020

Karen L. Elsasser, age 80, of Abilene, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2020 at the Memorial Hospital in Abilene.

She was born August 18, 1939 in Clay Center, the daughter of Walter and Marie (Carpenter) Harrison. She attended Myersdale Grade School and graduated from Wakefield High School with the class of 1957.

On July 8, 1958 Karen was united in marriage to Harvey D. Elsasser. Karen was a medical secretary at Ft. Riley for many years and was a medical receptionist for Dr. Hamel in Chapman for many years. She enjoyed painting, humming birds, quilting, and her flower garden.

Karen is survived by her two loving children Dan Elsasser and his wife Melody of Abilene, Sandy Clemence and her husband Mike of rural Abilene, brother Walt Harrison, Jr of Sahuarita, Arizona, three grandchildren Michela Brown (David) of Abilene, Samantha Horn (Tim) of Abilene, Amanda Kohman (Matt) of Abilene, and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Harvey on January 31, 2018, granddaughter Mykel Nicole Clemence and her parents.

Cremation is planned. Karen’s family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday evening June 29, 2020 at the funeral home. Private family services will be at a later date with Pastor Lindsey Brummer. Her final resting place will be in the Highland Cemetery at Wakefield, Kansas

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dickinson County and sent in care of the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd, Abilene, Kansas 67410. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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