Ignatius Strecker Jr.


Ignatius Strecker Jr., 95, of Spearville, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City.

Ignatius Strecker Jr., 95, of Spearville, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City.

He was born June 11, 1919, in Spearville, to Ignatius and Nellie Schulte Strecker. He attended Spearville schools.

A lifetime Ford County resident, Mr. Strecker was a farmer and had worked as a tool and die maker for Crustbuster for 26 years. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at Spearville. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1943 to 1946.

On Nov. 26, 1946, he married LaVera Kitten in Stratton, Colo. She survives. Other survivors include four sons, Joe and wife Jana of Concordia, Ron and wife Karan of Leland, N.C., Henry and wife Deb of Dodge City, and Melvin and wife Linda of Spearville; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Strecker of Oklahoma; three daughters, Rita Miller and husband Chris of Newton, Bev Stein and husband Gary of Dodge City, and Theresa Stegman and husband Reg of Spearville; two brothers, Bill and wife Marilyn of Great Bend, and Carl and wife Lyla of Spearville; four sisters, Agnes Stegman of Clearwater, Louise Littrell of Kinsley, Nellie Lobmeyer and husband Nick of Hutchinson, and Catherine Lobmeyer and husband Jim of Leoti; 25 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, John and Ken Strecker; a brother, Bernard; and two sisters, Pauline Burkhart and Mary Hall.

Parish vigil will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at St. John the Baptist Church, Spearville. Funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, officiated by Fr. Rene Labrador. Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery, Spearville.

Memorials are suggested to Sacred Heart School Endowment Fund, in care of Minnis Mortuary, Box 516, Bucklin KS 67834.

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