Phelps “Buck” Baltsas Creston

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 11:39 a.m. CDT

Phelps “Buck” Baltsas, 93, of Humboldt, Kan., formerly of Creston, died May 7, 2013, at the home of his niece and nephew, Barbara and Rick Ridout in Humboldt, Kan.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 10, at Graceland Cemetery Cha pel in Creston. The Rev. Dianna Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Military rites will be presented by Theodore J. Martens Post No. 1797 of Creston. Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25, Creston, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be given to Creston Animal Rescue Effort. Online condolences may be left at

Phelps “Buck” William Baltsas, son of Rita Jennie (McDonald) and Anthony Phelps Baltsas, was born Aug. 2, 1919, in Creston.

Buck graduated from Creston High School.

Buck served in the United States Army and United States Air Force from May 26, 1942, to Oct. 28, 1951, during WWII and the Korean War,

On Aug. 2, 1947, Buck married Cleo Irene Ridout in Kansas City, Kan.

Buck worked for Boortz Wholesale in Creston. He would go to Kansas City to the city market to buy fresh produce and canned goods and distribute them to Creston and surrounding counties.

Buck was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Creston and past member of Elks Lodge.

Buck is survived by many nieces and nephews, friends and special dog Betsy.

Buck was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sister Thelma and brother Alex.

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