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Erwin 'Shorty' Kroeger

February 6, 1925 — October 8, 2016

Erwin 'Shorty' Kroeger

Erwin A. 'Shorty' Kroeger, age 91, of Ellis passed away Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society, Ellis. He was born February 6, 1925 in Trego County, Kansas to Ernest and Wilhelmina 'Minnie' (Irion) Kroeger. He graduated in 1944 from Ellis High School. On September 22, 1949 he married Shirley Ann Massier at Christ Lutheran Church in Ellis.

He was a Farmer and Stockman and a member of St. John Lutheran Church where he was active in the choir, church council and ELCM. He was Influential along with Shirley in getting the Trego County Water District #2 implemented.

He is survived by two sons, Michael Kroeger of Russell and Timothy Kroeger of Ellis; two daughters, Julie (Dan) Schoenberger of Wichita and Holly (Brett) Gilbert of McCracken; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren also survive him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Shirley on April 7, 2011; a son, Douglas Kroeger in 1973 and a brother Ray Kroeger.

Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday at St. John Lutheran Church located 7 miles north of Ellis. Burial will be in the St. John Cemetery with military honors courtesy of the Ellis VFW.

Visitation will be Tuesday 4:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. all at Keithley Funeral Chapel 400 E. 17th Ellis, KS. 67637.

Contributions are suggested to St. John Lutheran Church or the Ellis VFW.

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