Kenneth Melvin Zimbelman, 91, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Searcy, Ark. He was bom on June 8, 1928, in St. Francis, Kan., the son of Emil and Anna (Lampe) Zimbelman.
He was married to Deloris Wolbach on June 26, 1949, until 1996 when she passed away. They had two children, Victoria Lynn and Judith Ann. The family moved to Garden City in 1956, where Kenneth worked as a Radio Engineer for the State of Kansas Department of Transportation. He retired in 1990. He and Deloris also owned and operated Steve's Sewing Center and Radio Shack.
Kenneth was a member of the First Christian Church, where he served as an elder, chairman of the board, and sang in the Chancel Choir. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, working with electronics, spending time with his grandchildren and attending their sporting events. In 1999, Kenneth married Suzie Bone. They lived in Ozark, Mo., before moving to Fairfield Bay, Ark.
He is survived by his wife, Suzie Zimbelman; daughters, Victoria Lynn Wheeler and husband Lee of Hugoton, and Judith Ann Pollman of Manhattan, Kan.; two step-children, Lance Thompson and Sandye Needham; 11 grandchildren, Tod Hooker and wife Carolyn of Shawnee, Kan., Stephanie Strode and husband Wes of Parker, Colo., Kelly Jackson and husband Ric of Beaverton, Ore., Summer Claar and husband Curtis of Manhattan, Kan., Mike Hooker and wife Sinae of Hugoton, Max Wheeler and wife Laura of Wichita, Margo Shelton and husband Brian of Hugoton, Elley Thompson, EmaSue Thompson, Kristen Needham and Alex Needham; 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Loretta Zimbelman Sidman of The Dalles, Ore., Valjean Zimbelman Schultz of St. Francis, Kan.; a brother, Marvin Zimbelman and wife Donna of St. Francis, Kan.; and many other relatives and friends. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Deloris.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Fairfield Bay, Ark., at the Fairfield Bay Baptist Church. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Fairfield Bay Baptist Church or Arkansas Hospice and may be mailed to Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N. 7th Street, Garden City, KS 67846.