Ehrenfried (Ernie) Raymond Kroeger, 89, of WaKeeney, died Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Trego Lemke Memorial Hospital.

He was born Dec. 21, 1928, in Ellis to Louis H. and Minnie (Armbruster) Kroeger.

He married Delores "Jean" Bolen on Dec. 29, 1947.

He attended school in Ellis. He retired from United Telephone Co. in 1991 after working 41 years.

Ernie is survived by his daughters, Sandra Schoenberger of Mankato, Wanda Kroeger of WaKeeney, and Raelene Stoecklein of Garden City; a brother, Curt Kroeger of Florence, Oregon; a sister, Tillie Claycamp of Santa Maria, California; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; a daughter, Debra Eveleigh; brothers Henry Kroeger, Lawrence Kroeger, Bill Armbruster and Oscar Armbruster; and sisters Freda Sanders and Dorothy Claycamp.

A memorial service was held Thursday at The Eagles Lodge in WaKeeney. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at The Church of God in WaKeeney.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to TCHS Athletic Department, in care of Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, 723 N. First, Stockton, KS 67669. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.plumeroverlease.com.