Ralph M. Kinderknecht, 90, Ellis, died Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at his home.


He was born Sept. 10, 1929, in rural Ellis County to Jacob and Otillia (Bittel) Kinderknecht.


He married Barbara Scheck on Nov. 7, 1955, in Ellis. She preceded him in death Jan. 26, 2013. He was a bridge supervisor for Ellis County for 23 years.


He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Ellis, Ellis 3rd degree Knights of Columbus and WaKeeney Eagles lodge.


He enjoyed gardening, polka dancing, pinochle and spending time with his family.


Survivors include two sons, Melvin Kinderknecht and wife, Tracy, and Gilbert Kinderknecht and wife, Cheryl) Kinderknecht, all of Ellis; two daughters, Debra Kinderknecht, Ellis and Brenda Kinderknecht, Hays; a sister, Beatina Weber, Great Bend; eight grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Leland Kinderknecht; a daughter, Mary Frances Kinderknecht; seven brothers, Walter, Charles, Victor, Eugene, Herman, Richard, and Alan Kinderknecht; and three sisters, Lillian Wishnuck, Iona Dinkel and Regina Goff.


Visitation will be Friday 6 p.m.–8 p.m. with a combined parish vigil and Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. until service time, all at the church.


Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Ellis; burial in St. Mary Cemetery.


Memorials are suggested to St. Marys School or The Cancer Council of Ellis County in care of Keithley Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th, Ellis, KS 67637.


Condolences can be left by guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or by email at keithleyfuneralhomes@gmail.com.