Walter R. Younger, 89, Munjor, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society, Ellis.
He was born Aug. 7, 1925, in rural Trego County to Michael and Seraphina (Bieker) Younger.
He married Martina Korbe on Oct. 19, 1948, in Munjor. This past Sunday was their 66th wedding anniversary. He was a farmer and rancher in the Ellis area and was owner of Younger Plumbing and Electric until retirement in 2000. He spent 21 years as a custom harvester, and, with a crew of his brothers and brothers-in-law, traveled from Oklahoma to Montana.
As a youngster, he played the guitar, and he was lead guitarist for the Younger Brother's Polka Band until the late 1990s. He also played banjo and trumpet.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II. He took his training as an electrician from the Army and trained his two brothers.
He was a member of the Ellis VFW Post No. 9139, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and has lived in the house he built in Munjor since 1950.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Neal Younger and wife, Carolyn, Munjor; a daughter, Gladys Powell and husband, Jamie, Beloit; a brother, Donald Younger and wife, Rita, Ellis; a sister, Lillian Reynolds and husband, Richard, Lake of the Ozark, Mo.; six grandchildren, Mike Gross, Jeremy Zimmerman, Amy Swanson and husband, Virgel, Erin Garst and husband, Justin, Maeghan Powell and fiance, Dustin Linder, and Brianna Younger and companion, McKinley Ross; seven great-grandchildren, McKenzie Gross, Taylor and Merritt Swanson, Clayton and Trinity Garst, Bella Bailey and Lennon Ross.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Gloria Zimmerman-Gross; a grandson, Cody Younger; four brothers, John, Bill, Bob and Michael Younger Jr.; and three sisters, Edna Waldschmidt-Henderson, Viola Molleker-Sullivan and Evelyn Rohr-Stramel.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Munjor; burial in St. Francis Cemetery, Munjor, with military honors by Hays VFW Post No. 9076.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Cline's Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601, and from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Friday at the church.
A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.
Memorials are suggested to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Ellis VFW or Good Samaritan Society of Ellis in care of the mortuary.
Condolences can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.