Walter John Younker

Walter John Younker, 91, Antonino, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at Via Christi Village Care Center, Hays.

He was born March 6, 1929, in Hyacinth to John and Agnes (Spies) Younker. He attended Star and Silverdale schools in rural Ellis County.

He married Mary (Dinkel) on Aug. 22, 1949, in Victoria. He started his career in the grocery store business after his graduation from eighth grade, eventually becoming the store manager of Safeway in Russell and then IGA in Hays. His customers knew him as “Wally” then in 1969, he transitioned to a full-time farmer, north of Antonino.

During his retirement, he enjoyed meeting up with his Hays Sale Barn buddies weekly and tending to his cattle herd.

He was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Antonino. He served as President of the Ellis County Farm Bureau and was instrumental in the creation of Rural Water District Ellis County1C.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, David Younker, Hays and Dale Younker and wife, Paula, Jetmore; two daughters, Dianne DeGood and husband, Alan, Goddard and Donna Myers and husband, Patrick, Lawrence; a sister, Twila Griffin, Weatherford, Okla.; a sister-in-law, Rita Younker, Plainville; six grandchildren, Kerrie Mayans (Jason), Melissa Opbroek (Aaron), Brandy Leon (Nick), and Julia Myers, Brad Younker (Jessica), and Brian Younker (Carmon); 13 great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Mayans, Madeline Mayans, Cecilia Mayans, Charlotte Mayans, Carlie Younker, Camryn Younker, Leyah Younker, Lyndi Younker, Cadynce Leon, McKenna Leon; Alex Mayans, Carter Opbroek, and Paxton Leon.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Lucille Staab, Catherine Schmidt, and Florine Sanders; a brother, Clarence Younker; and two great-grandchildren, Lakin Younker and Olivia Mayans.

A private graveside service was held Sept. 26, 2020, at Our Lady Help of Christian Cemetery, Antonino; due to the COVID-19 restrictions a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Our Lady Help of Christians Church or Via Christi Village Care Center in care of the mortuary.

Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601, is in charge of arrangements.

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Posted online on September 26, 2020