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Kenneth Eugene Eggers

Kenneth Eugene Eggers (Kenny) passed away peacefully on Monday, October 29, 2018 in Marysville, Kansas. He was 86 years old. He is sorely missed and was loved by so many.

Kenny is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 64 years, Jo Ann (Johnson), his children, Teresa Tompkins of Murrieta, California (Christopher), Lori Heitmann of Chester, Nebraska (Ward), Daniel Eggers of Costa Mesa, California (Caren), and Sheri Baxa of Salina, Kansas( Steve). 11 grandchildren, Ryan Howe, Heather Cornett, Kristin Cottam, Jami Kassabaum, Emilie Long, Jennifer Eggers, Bradley Eggers, Grant Eggers, Haley Killough, Drew Baxa, Derek Baxa, and 13 great-grandchildren; and Sisters In Law, Ruby Eggers and Alice Eggers. Kenny is preceded in death by his grandson, Kyle Andrew Heitmann, and by his Brothers Eberhard Eggers (Mae), Paul Eggers (Lenora), Walter Eggers, Max Eggers and Sister, Gertrude Mason (William).

Kenny was born in Byron, Nebraska on September 21, 1932 to Herman and Emilie Eggers; he was the youngest of 6 siblings. He was raised in Byron and attended school in Republic, Kansas, graduating in 1950.

In 1953 Kenny joined the United States Navy and actively fought in the Korean War aboard the USS Eversole. His service ended with an Honorable Discharge in June of 1955. He proudly received the Korean Service Medal (3 stars), the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the United Nations Service Medal, the China Service Medal, and the Navy Occupation Service Medal.

On August 25, 1954, Kenny married the love of his life, Jo Ann Johnson of Republic, Kansas. In August of 1957 they moved to Santa Ana, California where he got a job with the United States Postal Service. They remained in California, moving to Garden Grove in 1960, where they continued to raise their family until he retired. They left California and relocated to Nebraska in 1988. Their final home was in Chester, Nebraska.

Kenny was always happy and had a great sense of humor. He was always glad to see you and always had time to visit with you. He was an avid golfer. He loved watching sports, reading the newspaper, and never missed reading the “funny papers”. He loved God and loved his church. He was always busy and loved working in his garage or his garden. He loved his family dearly and was a wonderful husband, great dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, and friend.

A funeral service will be held at St. John Lutheran Church in Chester, Nebraska on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. with graveside service immediately following at the Chester Cemetery.

Military Graveside rites will be conducted by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard and the American Legion State-Line Post # 317, Hubbell, NE.

Visitation will be from 1 PM until 8 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at the Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS with the family greeting friends from 6 PM until 8 PM on Tuesday.

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Memorials are suggested to the Kenneth E. Eggers Memorial.

Special thanks to the many kind caregivers at the Lighthouse Memory Support Residence in Marysville, Kansas.

Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS is in charge of the arrangements.



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