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John Alfred Wehner

November 25, 2014

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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

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21 thoughts on “John Alfred Wehner

  1. To the Wehner family,
    My condolences to you all for the passing of a Rossville landmark. John filled a great need with his businesses and friends. I appreciate his help over the years.
    Carol Jory and family

  2. Dear Esther and family, Thinking of all of you. I had traveled over the Thanksgiving holiday and just learned of Johnny’s passing. He will be missed, I always enjoyed visiting with him. He was so much apart of life in our community and on Main Street, he will be missed. My prayers are with you today and in the months ahead.
    Linda Gentry

  3. Prayers to your family! Growing up in Rossville one of my most favorite memories was seeing him drive the little Wehners van in the Tall Corn parade every year! He will me missed by our community!

  4. Esther & Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss of Johnny. He was a very special man and respected by many, as you are too! He was a matriarch of the Rossville & surrounding communities. He will be sadly missed! May He Rest In Peace. Please accept our deepest condolences.
    ~The Stum’s~

  5. Debbie, so sorry for the loss of your dad, i always enjoyed seeing and talking to him, prayers and thoughts to your family.

  6. Aunt Esther and family, we are deeply saddened to hear that Uncle John lost his battle with cancer. Our hugs and prayers are with y’all. We have such sweet memories of the times we spent together at family holidays. Love, Mike & Joanne

  7. Aunt Esther and family we were deeply saddened when Mom called and told us Uncle John went home to be with the Lord. Y’all have our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you. We have sweet memories. God Bless you. Love, Mike & Joanne

  8. I am sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing. He gave Chester his first job and continued to bless the Gardner family. He will certainly be missed by everyone who knew him. Thoughts and Prayers are with your family.

    Connie Gardner and family

  9. Dear Esther and family,
    We are sorry to read about John’s passing. He was a really nice man and we enjoyed knowing him.

  10. Esther & famliy, we were sorry to hear of John’s passing. We will miss not seeing him working on the bikes at OWS. May the Lord keep His healing spirit upon all of you. Jo Moss

  11. Esther and family, So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are going out to you at this time. God be with you in your time of need.

  12. We send our condolence to the family. We will always remember the smile and the readiness to help others.
    God’s Blessings.

  13. Many people from Orangewood Shadows will miss the smile and the readiness to do anything for someone.
    We send condolence to the family.

  14. We were fortunate to have visited with John and Esther at Presbyterian Manor in August. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Arlene is doing quite well.

  15. Dear Family, So sorry to hear of the passing of Johnny. I sat by Johnny at Faye Kelsey’s memorial, and we had the best visit…felt like I really got to know him on that day, and I shall always remember that special time. May it comfort you to know that your friends care, Johnny will be missed by us. vm

  16. Mrs. Wehner and all the Wehner family, you have Irina and my sympathy and prayers. I will always be PROUD to have known ‘Johnny’ all my life. He will be sorely missed in the Rossville and surrounding communities.

    Irina and Robert Hoferer, JR.

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