Primus Suppes


Primus Suppes, 94, Scott City, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at the Park Lane Nursing Home.

Primus Suppes, 94, Scott City, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at the Park Lane Nursing Home.

He was born Sept. 28, 1919, in Liebenthal to Adam and Mary (Herrman) Suppes. He grew up living and working on the family farm east of Loretto. He graduated from Otis High School.

He served in WWII after being drafted into the U.S. Army on March 23, 1942. He entered Fort Leavenworth and went to Fort Knox, Ky., where he was deployed overseas. He was a sargeant and tank commander of the Second Armored Division. He fought battles in Algeria, French Morroco, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and central Europe. He was instrumental in opening the thoroughway as point man in the Battle of the Bulge and served as an interpreter speaking fluent German. Decorations received were the Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge Medal, Bronze Service Arrowhead, Seven Stars and the Purple Heart in the European African Middle Eastern Theater.

He married Delores Engel on Feb. 28, 1949, in Loretto. They lived in La Crosse and Scott County, where they set up a successful farming operation.

Primus enjoyed little league coaching, playing cards, playing pool, bowling, dancing, attending his children's activities and visiting with his friends at the Co-op. He was an avid dancer, and as a couple, he and Delores were asked to perform for many functions and weddings. His favorite activity was being with his family.

He was a faithful servant of the Lord and was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He thought of his church community as his family. He was active in the Knights of Columbus and served as a Fourth Degree Knight. He was an active participant in the building of the new St. Joseph Parish Center and was the first to celebrate his 90th birthday in the new addition.

Survivors include his son, Ron Suppes and wife, Shirley, Dighton; three daughters, Nancy Gerstner and husband, Wayne, Garden City, Debbie Reystead and husband, Mike, Haswell, Colo., and Karen Gibbs and husband, Mike, Scott City; siblings Julius Suppes and wife, Elsie, Otis, Eugene Suppes and wife, Alma, Great Bend, Clarence Suppes and wife, Mary Louise, Otis, and Ruth Engel, Hays; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; two brothers, Tony Suppes and Reinhold Suppes; and one sister, Helen Schuckman.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Scott City; interment in Scott County Cemetery.

Vigil services will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the church. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 8p.m. Wednesday and from 10a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Scott City.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Great Bend or Scott County EMS in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home.