Hillsboro – Kenneth A. Funk, 84, died January 5, 2019 at Via Christi St. Teresa Hospital in Wichita. He was born October 31, 1934 to Arthur and Katherine (Pankratz) Funk in Hillsboro. He married Bonnie Schafer June 16, 1957 in Hillsboro. Survivors include: wife, Bonnie Funk of Rural Hillsboro; son, Kent (Vell) Funk of Hillsboro; daughter, Cindy Friesen of St. John, Kansas; 3 grandchildren; brothers, Norman Funk of Moundridge, Linferd (Delores) of Rural Hillsboro; sister, Edith Unruh of Hillsboro; sister-in-law, Jeanie Funk of Hillsboro. Predeceased by brothers, Jim and Nelson. Celebration of Life service 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro officiated by Pastor Tom Harder. Interment at Haven of Rest cemetery rural Hillsboro 10:00 a.m. Wednesday. Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Memorials to First Mennonite Church in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Life Sketch Taken From the Funeral Bulletin
Kenneth Allen Funk was born October 31,1934 to Arthur R. and Katherine (Pankratz) Funk. He was the second son to join the family together with his brother Nelson.
Kenny attended all eight grades at Canada Grade School, and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1952. While in high school he lettered all four years playing football. Even though he played football he was expected to do his share of the chores on their dairy farm.
Kenny attended Bruderthal Mennonite Church with his family where he proclaimed his faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized on May 19, 1950 by Rev. A. E. Funk. He was a faithful member at Bruderthal until 1958 when he transferred his membership to First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro. He served in many roles with the church. One of the first big jobs was being in charge of tearing the old church down where our present church stands. He served as trustee, cemetery sexton, and as a usher for 50 years.
Kenny was inducted into the United States Army on October 14, 1954 and done his basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas. After basic training he was sent to Germany where he served in peace keeping and cleaning up sites after World War II. He was discharged on October 2, 1956. He continued serving in active reserves until November 30, 1962. He was an active member of the Tampa American Legion Post #372 for 45 years.
Kenny met Bonnie Jean Schafer in October 1956 shortly after his return from Germany. Their first date was to a Hillsboro – Herington football game. He was smitten with Bonnie’s red hair. He always said he liked red. They were married on June 16, 1957 at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro. They were married by Rev. Albert Koontz. They were blessed with 61 . years of marriage. Their marriage was blessed with one son, Kent Douglas on April 2, 1961. Later they were blessed again when Bonnie’s niece, Cindy Friesen became a daughter.
In their first year of marriage Kenny worked for the City of Hillsboro in the electrical department. He then went to work for Irvin Jost Construction where he learned the construction trade. He soon decided to start his own company, known As Funk Construction Co. He built many houses, manufacturing plants, part of Hillsboro High School and many farm structures. We always worked together. Bonnie worked on the job sites and also did all the bookkeeping. When Kent wasn’t in school he was on the job with us. Family was important and we worked and played together. We ran our construction company for 20 years. At the death of our brother-in-law we were able to take over the family farm and we farmed together for 40 years. We grow wheat, soybeans, corn, alfalfa, and put up lots of hay. We also started many calves and feed them to slaughter. Kenny loved working with cattle and missed them when he needed to quite six years ago when he had shoulder surgery.
Kenny loved farming and was able to help with sowing wheat and the fall harvest. He loved to talk farming with family and with other farmers. We were able to take at least 30 bus trips and by the end of the first day he knew who the farmers were and they were in deep conversation. He also loved Case IH equipment. He often said I farm red. The last major equipment he purchased was the Case IH 7088 combine two years ago. He was so happy the day it was delivered.
Kenny was admitted into Via Christi St. Teresa Hospital in Wichita on December 26, 2018. He had surgery on his left ankle that afternoon. Surgery was for pain relief as the pain was unbearable. After a
couple of days his right knee developed infection and lots of pain so they operated on the knee January 2, 2019. Complications set in and on the 11th day he went to his Lord and Savior.
Kenny is survived by his wife Bonnie, son Kent and wife Vell, daughter Cindy Friesen. Brothers: Norman Funk and Linferd (Delores) Funk, sister Edith Unruh and sister-in-law Jeanie Funk and three grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Nelson Funk and Jim Funk.
We thank you for coming to share in Kenny’s life. We invite everyone to the noon luncheon in the fellowship hall.
Memorial – First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro