John Lee Zielke

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

John Lee Zielke, 89, formerly of Hesston, Kan., passed away at his home in Shell Knob, on Feb. 7, 2020.

He was born on Feb. 1, 1931, in Hutchinson, Kan., to John W. and Dora Froese Zielke. He graduated from Buhler High School, Buhler, Kan., in 1948 and attended Hutchinson Community College.

On Sept. 30, 1951, he was united in marriage to June Josephine Froese. She preceded him in death on May 9, 2001. To this union four children were born; Kathie, Karen, John A. and James. John and June.

On March 23, 2003, he married Myrna Wells at Shell Knob, where they made their home until his death. He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include: wife Myrna, of the home; daughters Kathie Keimig (Michael), Sterling, Kansas; Karen Zumwalt (David), Wichita, Kansas; sons John A. Zielke (Heidi), Hesston, Kansas; James K. Zielke (Patti), Weddington, North Carolina; stepdaughter Sharon Winsler (Pat), Shell Knob, Missouri; stepson; Ron Wells (Connie), Topeka, Kansas; sisters Betty Campbell, Lakeway, Texas; Connie Panushka, Lakewood, Colorado; brother R. Keith Zielke (Diane), Lakewood, Colorado; 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren , 7 step grandchildren, 11 step great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were parents John W. Zielke and Dora Froese Zielke.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Shell Knob, with Pastor Peggy Wobbema officiating. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 at the Buhler Municipal Cemetery, Buhler, Kan. Cremation arrangements are under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Shell Knob.

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