Marlyn Kenneth Bongrager, 82, of Hesston, retired Kenworth OTR Driver, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.
He was born in Kalona, Iowa to Christopher Perry Bontrager and Viola Fern (Hershberger) Bontrager.
He was a graduate of Kalona High School, Kalona, Iowa. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army and was a Korean War Veteran.
On June 1, 1974, he married the love of his life, Gladene.
He is survived by his wife, Gladene Bontrager; children Joni (Stephen) King of St. Louis, Mo. and Brent McElmurry of Santa Fe, N.M.; grandchildren Emily (Jesse) Benedick of Beloit, Matthew King of St. Louis, Mo. and Katherine Williams of St. Louis, Mo.; great-grandchildren Elenora Jane Benedick, Benjamin and Logan Williams; sisters, Helen Miller of Hesston, Kansas and Marjorie Friesen of Newton; many other family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents Chris and Fern Bontrager, sisters, Velma Yoder, Bette Messenger, Clara Belle Schlabaugh and Carolyn Bontrager.
Were held Jan. 17 at Hesston United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be designated in his memory to Good Shepherd Hospice, 301 N. Main Ste 300, Newton, Ks 67114.
Baker Funeral Home, 100 S. Cedar, Valley Center has charge. Condolences may be left for the family at www.bakerfhvc.com