Kirby D. Petz, 63, McCracken, died Saturday, March 11, 2017, at his home.

He was born Oct. 15, 1953, in Ellinwood to Donald Jerome and Dolores Priscilla (Kowalsky) Petz. He was a lifelong resident of Rush County. He was a 1971 graduate of McCracken High School and a graduate of Northwest Kansas Technical College, Goodland.

He married Joy Rixon on Sept. 16, 1972, in McCracken. He was an assembler for Flame Engineering, Inc., La Crosse.

Survivors include his wife, McCracken; his mother, McCracken; two brothers, Darrell Petz and wife, Cynthia, Andover, and Chris Petz, Goddard; a sister, Sherry Witthuhn and husband, Hal, Ellis; and two sisters-in-law, Madeline Petz, Buhler, and Patricia Petz, McCracken.

He was preceded in death by his father; a son, Eric Petz on Dec. 4, 1990; and three brothers, Gene Petz, Tim Petz, and Danny Petz.

Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Janousek Funeral Home, La Crosse.

Memorials are suggested to McCracken Fire Department.

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