Rossville—John Alfred Wehner, 86, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at his home.
He was born October 21, 1928 at Delia the son of John J. and Mary E. Stallman Wehner. John graduated from Delia High School in 1947.
Mr. Wehner worked for the Union Pacific Railroad about 10 months then at his father’s grocery store in Delia. John A. and Esther Wehner purchased the Delia store on February 19, 1949 and operated it until January 1, 1957. He moved to Rossville and bought Wehner’s IGA from his brother Clarence. They added Western Auto in 1959. In 1969 they built the grocery store in Silver Lake and changed from Western Auto to True Value. The new store in Rossville was built in 2001 and Johnny Dollar was opened on July 7, 2006. John was looking forward to the Wehner family celebrating 100 years of business on April 15, 2015. John was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Rossville.
Mr. Wehner was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Irene Doyle, Florence Simecka, Clarence Wehner and Kathryn Rezac.
On October 10, 1945 he was united in marriage to Esther Horak in Delia. They celebrated 69 years of marriage. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include three children, John L. (Peg) Wehner, St. Marys, Bob (Jolyne) Wehner, Rossville and Debbie (Rocky) Taylor, Topeka; two brothers, Melvin Wehner, Eudora and Francis (Mary C.) Wehner, Colorado Springs, CO; 9 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild on the way.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Monday, December 1, 2014 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Rossville.
Mr. Wehner will lie in state after 6:00 P.M. Sunday, November 30, 2014 at the church where there will be a Rosary recited at 7:00 P.M.
Interment will be in the Rossville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Midland Hospice and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536. Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com