Sandra “Sam” L. Pflughoeft, 71, passed away February 14, 2023, at Hutchinson Regional
Medical Center, Kansas. She was born August 22, 1951, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of
Richard and Shirley Sheldon Blake. A 1969 graduate of Central DeWitt High School, she grew up
in DeWitt, Iowa and married Alan K. Pflughoeft, her husband of 49 years, on December 22,
1973, in DeWitt. They moved to Kansas in 1974 where she partnered with her husband to run
their farm and handled all their personal and business finances for her family. She worked at
the ASCS office and then part-time at Robson’s Card and Gift Shop in Ellsworth for many years.
Sam loved to shop and would find the best and most appropriate gifts for her family (especially
Tiara and Isabele) and friends. She loved to watch K-State Football, K-State girls Basketball, and
the KC Chiefs with her cats, Smudge and Smoke cuddled on her lap. She also enjoyed reading,
studying history, traveling, and collecting anything, including antiques. She was a member of
the First United Methodist Church, Ellsworth, where she often showcased her beautiful singing
voice, sometimes signing duets with her husband. She was loved by many friends far and wide,
especially her DeWitt classmates.
Survivors include her husband, Alan, Ellsworth; daughter, Tiara Pflughoeft; granddaughter,
Isabele; Alan’s biological son, Alan Staatz and wife Debra, Tonganoxie; sister, Clista Blake
Fischer, Houston, TX; Alan’s biological grandchildren, Dylan and Sierra; niece Tricia (John
Robert) Edgington, Moorpark, CA; nephew Martin Fischer (Seattle, WA); and great-niece Karlee
Hedin (Moorpark, CA).
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Cremation is planned. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may
be made to the Salvation Army (all funds to be used in Ellsworth County) or the Ellsworth Ministerial
Alliance, in care of Inman Funeral Home, PO Box 490; Inman, KS 67546. To leave a condolence for
the family, visit:www.inmanfh.com.