Former local doctor dies in plane crash


Dr. Randall Fahrenholtz

By Jen Bookhout
    Former Garden Plain family physician Randall Fahrenholtz died in a plane crash Saturday, Feb. 22 at 63 years old.
    Fahrenholtz, who was flying the fixed-wing, single-engine plane when it crashed, worked at the Steckline Family Medical Center in Garden Plain for about seven years, beginning in 1998.
    Loretta Haines, president of the Horizon Foundation, helped recruit him when the medical center opened. A Garden Plain resident, she was also a patient of Fahrenholtz.
    “He was an excellent doctor,” Haines said. “We loved him.”
    Fahrenholtz was known and well-liked for his bedside manner and patient care.
    “To me, he was always kind to patients,” Haines said. “He took time to talk to us.”
    At the time of his death, Fahrenholtz was working as a family physician for Greeley County Health Services in Tribune, Kan.
    The plane crash happened around 6 p.m. on Feb. 22, near K-96 and County Road Five. Fahrenholtz was the only one on board. He died on impact.
    The immediate cause of the crash is still unknown. The NTSB and FAA are continuing to investigate.
    The funeral is this Thursday at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Tribune, 821 Second, Tribune, Kan.