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I was shocked and saddened to learn of John's passing. John and I attended KU Law together and he was a good friend and support to me at the time. Our study carrels were next to each other and we often visited about the trials and tribulations of law school. I once joked that I needed to be chained to my study carrel so that I would be forced to stay in the library and read. When I returned to my carrel, John had left a foot of heavy duty chain in my carrel. It occurs to me that he once bought a bottle of Blue Hawaiian for me, but 20 years later, I have no idea why.
I only visited with him a couple times after law school, but I benefited from his wisdom and good humor. So sorry for your loss.
~ Kellie Hogan - August 31, 2018
Linda, I'm so sorry to hear about John. He was such a pleasure to work with at South and I have missed his calm demeanor and insightful views since working with him. Please know that I was lucky to have crossed his path and am quite better because of the encounter. Thoughts and prayers to all. Lynn Harrod
~ Lynn Harrod - August 11, 2018
John was a good friend and associate; he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
The Inskeep Family
~ Jason and Nicky Inskeep - August 1, 2018
So saddened to hear the news of John's passing. I grew up in Colby and spent a lot of time at the Kriss household, with younger sister, Kim. Even though John was 5 years older than us, I remember he was always a kind and friendly guy--- even to his little sister's friends. I am sure we drove him crazy with our slumber parties and always trying to get a closer look at that cool bedroom/gym/loft area that he lived in on the second floor-- (who has a room like that in high school, in Colby?!) , but he never shooed us away. He even led us on a tour of the "Grove" once and told us about trees and plants. He was an environmentalist before his time.
Sounds like he continued to grow into a kind and caring man that helped others. Peace and blessings to his family.
~ Mary Hull (Piper) - August 1, 2018
From the first time I met John at the National Guard, he made me feel like an old friend. He would often stop by to just chat, to make sure all was right in your world and tell funny stories. John's smile and that old safari hat will be missed. He was truly one of the good guys. Sending prayers to the family for peace.
~ Susan H - August 1, 2018
Linda, So Sorry for your loss. Only met John once and could tell that he adored you. Thoughts and prayers.
~ Gladys Balocca - July 30, 2018
I knew John very briefly in the late 1990's when we were both mediators. When I learned that he was from Colby, we talked often about those family ties because my husband has a lot of family ties to Colby. I found John to be very sensitive and caring, yet logical and direct. We lost track of one another and I regret that. He was a good person and I am grateful to have known him. I express my respect for John to his family.
~ Clenece Hills - July 30, 2018
So sorry to hear about John. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
~ Brad Bartlett - July 29, 2018
Linda, I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
~ Lorna Larson - July 29, 2018
Grew up with the whole family, graduated with John. He was a special man. My sincere condolences to all of his family and friends
~ Candace Landers (Browne) - July 28, 2018
John was both a friend and a fellow social worker, and, while we worked some cases together years ago in Lawrence, it was not until we were working together at Ft. Riley that I really got to know him. He was a mentor in my learning curve with the military, a balanced sounding board for cases and issues, and a younger 'brother' who was always available with emotional support. John was one of the most ethical and dedicated professionals I've know. There is so much more I could say, but, mostly, I regret so much not following through with the times we said, "We have got to get together for dinner ... with Linda and Frank... "
Both Frank and I are thinking of you, Linda, in this time of loss.
~ Susan Kraus - July 28, 2018
John, I am taken off guard how much I miss you even having been out of touch for so many years. You made us all proud to say we were your friend and the Kriss family was a huge part of who we small town Colbyites are today. I know you and Linda have left a similar legacy through your work with people around the world. We all miss you you bro. Peace and blessing for you and your family.
~ Jeff Knudson - July 28, 2018
John was a great friend growing up in Colby. I still remember his smile & laugh & hanging out in the gym. John came from a dear family of hardworking pillars of the community. Bless his family & many friends, John Welter
~ John Welter - July 27, 2018
Thoughts and prayers to cousin John’s family.
~ Keith Harper - July 27, 2018
Linda: I was stunned this morning to hear of John's passing and my heart just sunk for you. I'm here for you, should you need a shoulder to lean on. My deepest of sympathy to you and your family.
~ Becky Burghart - July 27, 2018
I first met John at Kansas State University when I was there to talk with students interested in attending the University of Kansas School of Law. I was the Director of Admissions at the law school at that time. I took an immediate liking to John. He was very friendly. Passionate about learning and wanting to help people. I was very glad to see him on his first day of law school and talked with him many times over the course of his law school career. I had lost track of John but was very saddened to learn of his passing. My condolences to his family. May they know that he touched many lives and left us all better for it.
~ Diane Lindeman - July 27, 2018
Sherry & I were shocked and saddened by the news of John's untimely passing. John and I visited daily over the years when we shared offices together. He was bright, insightful, resourceful, a trusted friend and confidant and so in love with you.
~ George Catt - July 27, 2018
My condolences to the family. John was wonderful person at heart and in spirit.
~ Peter Gusman - July 27, 2018
A life thoroughly lived and shared with many. John’s work undoubtedly and confidentially assisted many throughout his time with the military and within the civilian world. John would likely shrug off a compliment as stated above because he was always one step forward, moving on, and worked without a reserve for selffullment. His work was honestly impressive, adimirable to watch and astonishing to hear about thru individuals that no one knew he had assisted.
I’m thankful for getting to know John and being able to consider him my best friend; I am just as fortunate for him and Linda to welcome my family into their home. Linda is the sweetest most sincere person whom is loved by my family and many others.
Time with them both will not be forgotten and memories with John will bring a smile and possibly a tear going forward!
Please reach out if anything is needed Linda. Our condolences and thank you for sharing John with us.
Fly straight friend and hope to cross paths down the road...
Love you both.
~ Josh Tipton - July 26, 2018
Linda & Family,
John will be greatly missed in many capacities. He was a valued counselor in the community. He was an excellent resource to those of us in the military. And most of all, John was a dear, dear personal friend. It is hard to lose such a close friend like John.
During his time as a contractor with the Kansas National Guard, John was always available to military personnel and gave tremendous support. He quickly became a trusted and valued confidant. It is hard to win trust in the military, but John had it because of the care and devotion that he gave to others. His personality and sense of humor made it easy for folks to open up and connect. Take it from this soldier, he will be deeply missed.
Thank you for sharing John with us. He impacted so many lives and families in the military community. We are all better for having had him in our lives.
May God bless you with warm memories of John and comfort you in the days ahead.
Chaplain John Potter
~ John Potter - July 26, 2018
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