Joe Locker Jr., 92, Ellis, died Friday, May 26, 2017, at Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney.

He was born July 2, 1924, in Trego County to Joe and Mary (Schuster) Locker Sr.

He married Lillian Weber on May 7, 1946, in Ellis. He was a retired bus supervisor with the Ellis USD 388 school system. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II. He was a volunteer rural fireman with the Glencoe Township Rural Fire department in Trego County. He helped establish the Glencoe Township fire department as well as re-worked, designed and built a donated Forrest Service truck into the first Glencoe Fire Department fire truck.

He enjoyed mechanic work, metal lathing, making rosaries and was always willing to help neighbors and friends when needed.

Survivors include his wife, Ellis; a daughter, Patricia Luea and husband, Paul, Ellis; a brother, Lawrence Locker, Ellis; a son-in-law, Tom McMahon, Roseville, Calif.; four grandsons, Sean McMahon and wife, Ashleigh, Jason Luea and wife, Samantha and Jonas Luea and Joseph McMahon; eight great-grandchildren, Laura Berry, Laurenne Fraser, Zayn McMahon, Abby Luea, Teag McMahon, Jacob Luea, Keyan McMahon and Jonathan Luea; a niece, Jessica Smith; and four nephews, Larry, John, Steve and Tom Locker.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Pamela McMahon; and two sisters, Mary and Anna Locker.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Ellis; burial in the church cemetery with military honors courtesy of the Ellis and Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Keithley Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th, Ellis, KS 67637 and from 1 p.m. until time of service Thursday at the church.

A combined rosary/vigil at 7 p.m. Wednesday, both at funeral chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Ellis VFW or Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital in care of the funeral chapel.

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