Ernie L. Kattenberg, 91, passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Deseret Health and Rehab Center in Smith Center, KS.
Ernie was born on April 8, 1921 in rural Smith County, KS, the only child of Henry and Mildred M. (Bassett) Kattenberg. On November 27, 1940 he married his high school sweetheart Edna Mae Carper in a double ring ceremony along with Clarence and Julia Allen in Lebanon, KS. To this union four children were born, Robert, Donna, Waunetta and Martha.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Esbon and a life member of the NRA for 70 plus years. Ernie was an avid hunter and sportsman, he was very proud of being the first in Smith County to receive his concealed carry card. It was said that he never made it a secret where he stood on politics and was adamant about voting. He was a farmer his whole life farming wheat and milo in rural Smith County.
Ernie is survived by his two daughters, Waunetta Mullen and husband Don of rural Lebanon, Martha Peterson and husband Curtis of Smith Center; a daughter-in-law Joyce Kattenberg of Phoenix, AZ; a son-in-law Fred Johnson of Cheyenne, WY; nineteen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Edna on January 26, 2011, his son Robert in 2003 and his daughter Donna in 2010.
A celebration of Ernie's life will be held at 10:00 a.m., February 1, 2013 at the Church of the Nazarene, Smith Center, with Pastor Laura Fricker presiding. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at All Faiths Funeral Chapel Smith Center, and until service time Friday at the church. Burial will be in the Odessa Cemetery, rural Jewell County, KS.
The family asks that you perform a random act of kindness in Ernie's memory and/or memorials may be given in his name in care of the funeral chapel. For online condolences, please visit www.allfaithsfuneralchapel.com.
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