Ralph Victor Stenzel, 98, Ness City, died Thursday, June 4, 2020.
He was born Jan. 25, 1922, in Russell to Victor and Olinda (Reinhardt) Stenzel.
He married Irene Musbach on Dec. 29, 1946. She preceded him in death. His career was farming. He drove school buses and sold buildings and grain bins. In 1965, they built a home in Ness City but he continued his daily commute to the farm. He was a U.S. Army veteran in 1942. He served with the 503rd HM Tank Company. He received the Combat Infantry Badge and Bronze Star for meritorious service. He received an honorary High School diploma through Operation Recognition program and was an Honor Flight participant.
He was a member of the Frank Stull American Legion Post No. 152, Ransom Veterans of Foreign Wars, DAV. Bazine Sons of the American Legion and United Methodist Church, Ness City.
Survivors include a son, Loren and wife, Lynette, Ness City; two granddaughters, Tasha (Bob) Wessel, Owasso, Okla., and Jill (Travis) Schaben, Hays; four great-granddaughters, Alexis (Cody) Werner, Plainville, Emily Wessel, Baltimore, Md., Raegan Wessel and Kaitlyn Schaben, both students at Kansas State University; and a sister-in-law, Arlene Miller.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Marvin and daughter-in-law, DeeAnn (Coy) Stenzel; his brothers, Vernon (Delma) and Dick (Joanne) Stenzel; his brothers-in-law, Allen (Mina) Musbach and Frank Miller; and a sister-in-law, Vi (Earl) Burditt.
Due to COVID a private family service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Ness City United Methodist Church. A public graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Ness City Cemetery with military honors.
Memorials are suggested to Veterans Memorial in Ness City or Camp Lakeside (United Methodist Church Camp at Scott County Lake), in care of Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City.
Both services will be available for viewing on Facebook live at: www.facebook.com/FitzgeraldFuneral. Words of sympathy and support may be left for the family by writing in the guest book.