Paul F. Brungardt, age 86, of Victoria, Kansas died at home Friday, May 25, 2018, on the farm where he was born and raised. The second son of Ambrose and Adelia (Dreiling) Brungardt, he entered the world on September 8, 1931. He married Mildred M. “Mickie” (Basgall) on January 22, 1952, at Loretto, Kansas. She preceded him in death on October 11, 2017.
He graduated from Victoria High School in 1949 and served a six years commitment as a Kansas National Guardsman. His love of mechanics led him initially to a 20 plus year career as an auto body mechanic, working at both O’laughlins and James Motor Company in Hays. Though his hands were gifted with machines, his heart and mind remained ever tied to the land. He began his dream job as full-time farmer in 1973. His days were spent stewarding land, crops, and animals. Paul and Mickie won awards for their efforts in Soil and Wildlife Habitat Conservation. In addition to many years of physical labor, his skill on the accordion and harmonious voice were well-known and loved, creating wonderful memories for friends and family alike. He enjoyed a good joke (and knew many), and together with Mickie excelled in the role of “good neighbor’’. He was a member of The Basilica of St. Fidelis Victoria, Kansas.
Survivors include one son, Leon Brungardt, Walker, KS; four daughters, Carol Cowger and husband, Chris, Topeka, KS; Lois Yunker, Munjor, KS; Wanda Brungardt and husband, Ron Staab, Victoria, KS; Paula Zwenger and husband, Patrick, Bellevue, NE; two sisters, Yvonne Rohleder-Braun and husband, Ken, Hays, KS; Ruth Polifka, Catharine, KS; 11 grandchildren, Cara Cowger, Cory Cowger and fiancé, Erica, Casey Cowger, Aaron Brungardt (Mikala), Jared Brungardt (Nettie), Kris Yunker (Angel), Nathan Yunker (Jedel), Nick Yunker, Sister John Marie Zwenger IHM, Alexandra Fry (Jon), Luke Zwenger; three step grandchildren, Terry Staab (Denna), Kristie Goodwin (Bobby), Jesse Staab and fiancé, Kristina; 12 great grandchildren and 8 step great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mickie; two sons, Steve and Mark; one son-in-law, Tom Yunker; one grandchild, Matt Yunker; one great grandchild Landon Fry; one brother, Gilbert Brungardt and wife, Ann; four sisters, Sr. Valeria Brungardt, CSA; LuVerna Schulte and husband, Robert; Cecelia Brungardt, Patricia “Patt” Schmidt and husband, Howard; two brothers-in-law, Francis “Frank” Polifka and Ronald Rohleder.
Services are 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at The Basilica of St. Fidelis Victoria, Kansas. Burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery Victoria, Kansas.
Visitation is from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, 412 Main, Victoria, Kansas 67671 and from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Basilica of St. Fidelis Victoria, Kansas.
A parish rosary will be at 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, followed by a vigil service will be at 8:30 P.M. Tuesday both at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary Victoria, Kansas.
The family suggests memorials to: Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Wichita, KS; Emmeram Cemetery Fund, or Hospice of Hays Medical Center.
Condolences can be left by guestbook at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org