ELKHART — Fred L. Landess, 88, of Elkhart, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart.

He was born Aug. 11, 1929, in Texas County, Okla., to Lewis and Jessie (Grant) Landess.

He grew up in Elkhart and graduated from Elkhart High School. He was the pastor of Bible Baptist Church.

He married Dortha Messenger Bauer on June 23, 2008, in Clovis, N.M. She survives. He was previously married to Ruby Landess, the mother of his children, and Lynn Landess, who preceded him in death on Aug. 20, 2007.

He also is survived by his children, Kristi Rudes, Mark Landess, Michael Landess and Jenni Downing; two stepchildren, Vicky Mathes and Shelly Johnson; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and four siblings, Suzie Brown, Doris Stewart, Carnie Murray and Henry Landess.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Elkhart. Burial will follow at Elkhart Cemetery, Elkhart.

Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Garnand Funeral Home in Elkhart.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Fred L. Landess Memorial Fund, in care of Garnand Funeral Home, P.O. Box 854, Elkhart, KS 67950.