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John C. Younger

July 16, 2017

John C. Younger, age 84, of Victoria, Kansas died Sunday, July 16, 2017, at his home in Victoria.  He was born January 18, 1933, in Hays, Kansas, to Jacob P. and Catherine (Mader) Younger.  He married Ethel M. (Stegman) on May 1, 1965, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pfeifer, Kansas. John attended grade school at Catharine, Kansas and was a 1951 high school graduate of St. Joseph’s Military Academy.  He then attended one year of Junior College at St. Joseph’s Military Academy and went on to continue his education at Fort Hays State University, graduating in 1958 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.  He was a life-time Ellis County resident with the exception of the two years he served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955.

John was the owner of Younger Gambles Store and Younger Appliance for 50 years and was known as “Victoria’s Maytag Man“. He and his wife also own J & E Storage of Victoria.  John served as past president, of the St. Fidelis Parish Council, U.S.D. 432 School Board and the former Victoria Lions Club. He was an affiliate to the Capuchin Province of Mid-America, a member of The Basilica of St. Fidelis Church in Victoria, the Victoria Knights of Columbus, the Half Century Club at Fort Hays State University and the Hays American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Ethel, of 52 years, of the home; one son, Michael Younger and wife, Sarah, rural Pfeifer, KS; three daughters, JoAnn Seaman and husband, Tim, Arvada, CO; Maria Munro and husband, Jeff, Leawood, KS; Annette Zeigler and husband, Tracy, Natoma, KS;  eight grandchildren, Molly and Hannah Seaman, Sophia and Jack Munro, Taitem and Alyvia Zeigler, Myah and Grace Younger; one sister, Nadine Pederson, Rogers, MN; four sisters-in-law, Jeanette Younger and Det Younger, both of Victoria, KS; Laverna Younger, Hays, KS; and Mary Ann Adams,  Salina, KS.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Richard, Albert, Jack, Bernie, Francis and  Tom; one infant brother; and five sisters, Lucille Miller, Rita Desch, Lietta Niernberger, Catherine Bitterman and Sister Patricia Younger.

Services are at 10:00 A.M. Friday, July 21,2017, at The Basilica of St. Fidelis Victoria, Kansas. Burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria, Kansas, with military honors by the Victoria V.F.W. Post No. 1751 and Fort Riley Kansas.

A vigil service is at 7:00 P.M. Thursday, followed by a Victoria Knights of Columbus and Victoria Daughters of Isabella rosary both at 7:30 P.M. Thursday, at the Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria, KS.

Visitation is from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. Thursday, and 8:30 to 10:00 A.M. Friday, all at The Basilica of St. Fidelis Victoria, Kansas.

Memorials are suggested to the Capuchin Province of Mid-America or the Basilica of St. Fidelis. 

Cline's-Keithley Mortuary, 412 Main Street, Victoria, KS 67671 is in charge of arrangements.

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 Service Information

July 20, 2017

5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Basilica of St. Fidelis
Victoria, Kansas 67671

Funeral Service
July 21, 2017

10:00 AM
Basilica of St. Fidelis
Victoria, Kansas 67671

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