Ervin Eugene 'Blackie' Koerner


NESS CITY — Ervin Eugene "Blackie" Koerner, 84, died at Hays Medical Center, Hays on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

NESS CITY — Ervin Eugene "Blackie" Koerner, 84, died at Hays Medical Center, Hays on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

He was born on June 11, 1929, to Alex P. and Evelyn Bieker Koerner in Hays.

Mr. Koerner graduated from St. Joseph Military Academy in Hays. He was a farmer.

On May 12, 1949, he was married to Helen Haas at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hays. She survives. Also surviving him are four sons, Larry Koerner, Crete, Neb., Dennis Koerner, Garden City, Kenneth Koerner, Ness City, Greg Koerner of Dodge City; seven daughters, Barbara Bieker, Hays, Dorothy Stieben, Hays, Donna Metzker, Ness City, Mary Ellen Stoecklein, Hays, Karen Casey, Plainville, Laura House, El Dorado, Janice Showalter, Alexander; one sister, Betty Staab, Plainville; 39 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation is from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Tuesday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City. Rosary and Parish vigil will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sacred Heart Church in Ness City. Funeral services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Hays.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Sacred Heart School, Ness City or Thomas More Prep - Marian, Hays. Words of sympathy and support may be left for the family at

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