Elmer Classen, 85, died Sunday, June 3, 2012 at Trinity Manor, Dodge City.
He was born May 31, 1927 in Meade County, the son of Cornelius F. and Margaret Reimer Classen. A longtime area resident, he was a heavy equipment operator for Broce Construction and JAG Construction both in Dodge City.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Coronado Car Club both in Dodge City and he enjoyed coin collecting.
On August 29, 1950 he married Ruth Stephenson at Meade. She preceded him in death on September 17, 2008.
Survivors include: a son, Steve and wife Tricia, Derby; a daughter, Ruanne “Sammi” Valencia, Dodge City; 2 brothers, Eldin Classen, Bingham Lake, Minnesota and Don Classen, Meade; 3 sisters, Doris Moldenhauer, Dodge City and Della Regier and Arlene Decker both of Newton; 5 grandchildren, Gloria Roberts, Aurora, Colorado, Brandon Valencia, Dodge City, Shana Ison, Shayla Ison and Shannan Wayne all of Derby; and 7 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Arnold and Marlin Classen and a sister, Luella Classen.
Funeral Service will be 10:30 am Friday, June 8, 2012 at the First Baptist Church, Dodge City with Rev. Darrell Holt and Rev. Gary Winget officiating. Friends may call from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Thursday at Burkhart-Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City. Burial will be in Greencrest Memorial Gardens, Dodge City.
The family suggests memorials to the First Baptist Church in care of Burkhart-Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com.