John Vyrl Slagle, 81, Ness City, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, at Ness County Hospital.

He was born Aug. 27, 1936, in Jetmore to John M. and Martha Lucille Grumbein Slagle.

He married Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Dinsmore on June 15, 1958, in Ness City. He was a former fire chief and a GMC, Pontiac, Allis Chalmers, and Gleaner dealer, all in Ness City.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Ness City, the Isis Shrine and was a Mason.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; two daughters, Tracy Proctor and husband, Steve, Ness City, and Verla King and husband, Scott, Olmitz; his mother, Ness City; two grandchildren, Devon King and Raegan King and fiancé, Cole McCurry; and a step-grandson, C.J. Proctor.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church, Ness City; burial in the Ness City Cemetery.

Friends can call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City.

Memorials are suggested to Ness County Fire Department, District No. 1, in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at