In Memoriam, Dr. Fahrenholtz


Andy and Bailey Patton and Dr. Fahrenholtz

February 24, 2014

Tribune, KS, Feb. 24, 2014—Dr. Randall Fahrenholtz, a beloved physician and team member of Greeley County Health Services passed away Saturday night when he was flying his personal airplane and crashed just outside of Tribune.

“Dr. Randy,” as he was known by his co-workers and community members, was well loved by his patients, colleagues, and community member. He was an avid musician, gifted in playing the piano and singing. He was also a pilot, and loved to fly. He kept his personal plane at the Tribune Air Hangar and would fly often.

“We are very fortunate to have the kind of physicians we have here at Greeley County Health Services. Dr. Fahrenholtz cared greatly for his patients and was very invested in providing excellent care to all he came into contact with,” Henry Garvin, Interim CEO, said.

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Dr. Fahrenholtz and his wife, Janice, were very active community members. Dr. Fahrenholtz supported the arts, and was a part of the community band and would often volunteer and attend movies at Tribune’s Star Theater. His wife Janice currently serves on the Greeley and Wallace County Foundation, and is President of the Greeley County school board.

“I found Dr. Fahrenholtz to be much like I find this community [Tribune, KS] as a whole to be, which is very kind, welcoming, and warm,” Henry Garvin said.


Greeley County Health Services has the systems in place to continue providing quality care to the patients and residents of Greeley and Wallace County and the surrounding area. GCHS is recruiting for a full-time physician and a full-time mid-level provider to join their staff.

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“We are always looking to recruit our next provider, just as we are always researching for new services we can offer to our community. As a health system, that is how we ensure that our patients and community members are receiving the best quality of care for now and the future,” Chrysanne Grund, Project Director, said.

Dr. Fahrenholtz practiced medicine at Greeley County Health Services since June of 2005, and gained a great amount of respect from his patients, peers and medical students he taught. In addition to serving as a volunteer faculty Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine for the University of Kansas, he also had a role as the Southwest Kansas Regional Medical Education Network Site Director. Dr. Fahrenholtz and his colleagues have taught and mentored many students over the years including medical students, physician assistant students and nurse practitioners.

“Dr. Fahrenholtz will surely leave a legacy of honor in our health system and our community. He was a kind man, an excellent doctor, and a beloved community member and friend, both to his patients and the colleagues. His legacy will leave a lasting impact on the continued mission of Greeley County Health Services – to provide trusted care close to home,” Katy Reynolds, Human Resource Director said.

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For More Information:
Greeley County Health Services
321 E. Harper, Tribune, KS
(620) 376-4251

Funeral services will be Thursday, February 27th at 10:00am mountain time at the First Presbyterian Church in Tribune, Kansas.

Memorials may be made to the Greeley-Wallace County Healthcare Foundation and the First Presbyterian Church.
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6 Thoughts on “In Memoriam, Dr. Fahrenholtz

  1. Marilyn Vierthaler  |  

    I am so sorry for your family and community loss. Dr Randy filled in for his brother Dr Dan on the delivery of my second son in the Kingman hospital on Jan 15, 1982. I just remember him being very kind and patient during a stressful time when my regular Dr couldn’t be there. My sympathy to all the family.

  2. John and Ruth Lawson  |  

    Dr. Randy was our physician at times and our very good friend.
    A kind and gentle man , one who new the Lord. He was generous with his talents, that were many and loved all people. Every one loved Dr. Randy and it wont be the same without him. He leaves his wonderful wife , Janice and his family. Our hearts are broken.
    John and Ruth

  3. Robin (Keesling- Belden) Hanna  |  

    I grew up with Randy. We road the school buss together. He was the nicest guy back then and I knew he would make an awesome doctor. As he did. One of my favorite memories of Randy is when he and Brad Miller toasted me with a Pepsi on my last day to ride the buss. You have me deepest sympathy for your loss. May God hold you in your arms.

  4. Patty Helsel  |  

    We loved it when Dr. Randy was on call in Syracuse for the weekend and would come play the piano for us at the Presbyterian Church. He was such a nice, kind man and a great Dr. We will miss you in Syracuse too!

  5. Hamilton Co EMS  |  

    Hamilton Co EMS sends our condolences. Dr. Fahrenheit was always a delightful person to bring someone to from the ambulance. He always took the time to listen to us “EMS folks.” He is a great loss to such a nice community! Prayers are sent to family and friends that have been affected by this tragedy!! God bless!

  6. Marilyn Keating  |  

    Dr. Fahrenholtz was a kind wonderful man. I was so blessed to have him as my doctor and friend these many years. He will be greatly missed.

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