Louis Zirkel Jr.


Louis Duane "Louie" Zirkel Jr., 67, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at his home in Council Grove, following an extended illness.

Louis Duane "Louie" Zirkel Jr., 67, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at his home in Council Grove, following an extended illness.

He was born Oct. 3, 1946, in Garden City, to Louis Sr. and Bonnie Collins Zirkel.

Mr. Zirkel drove, maintained and dispatched trucks throughout his adult life, beginning his career as a delivery driver for Graves and later with Bell Creek Inc., National Carriers Inc. and TransAm Trucking, and ending his career as a team driver for Dolly Madison, Interstate Brands Inc.

He married Dee Sroufe in 1963. They later divorced. In 1980, he married Nancy Younggren in Garden City. She survives. Other survivors include his children, Jeff Zirkel of Council Grove, Louis Zirkel III of Layton, Utah, and Julie Brown of Cimarron; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Diana Pfeifer of Holcomb, Connie Braun of Deerfield, Dennis Zirkel of Wichita, and Donna Batt of Pueblo West, Colo. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Garden City. A service in Council Grove took place April 18 at First Baptist Church. A private inurnment at Sunnyslope Cemetery in Council Grove will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be given to the donor's choice.

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