Charles Kinderknecht



Charles James Kinderknecht passed away Sunday evening, April 21, 2019, at his home in Almena, Kansas, at the age of 80. Charlie was born on April 13, 1939, the 13th child of Alex and Anna (Bollig) Kinderknecht in Sheridan County, near Park, Kansas. After graduating from Park Rural High School in 1957, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served until his honorable discharge in 1963.

He married Violet Wagoner in November 1963 and to this union four children were born. They later divorced. Charlie did custom hay work around the Park, Kansas area until the family moved to a farm near Almena, Kansas in December 1971. Over the following years he was a farmer/rancher and worked at local sale barns, drove cattle trucks, fuel truck for Home Oil and worked for Norton County Road and Bridge Department.

Charlie was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Norton, Kansas. His greatest joy and blessings were his children and grandchildren, and they made him very proud. He loved attending his grandchildren's ball games, school events, and rodeo events. He enjoyed playing cards with local card groups and his family. His love of horses carried down through generations.

Survivors include: the love of his life, Violet; four children, Toby, and wife, Lisa Kinderknecht, Stapleton, Nebraska; Shelly, and husband, Mike Shearer, Almena, Kansas; Terry, and wife, Stephanie Kinderknecht, Almena, Kansas; Lance, and wife, Niki Kinderknecht, Wakeeney, Kansas; 11 grandchildren, Cole, and wife, Lacy Kinderknecht; Kelsey Smith; Ryan, and wife, Amy Shearer; Scott Shearer; Amber, Chance, and Coy Kinderknecht; Kylie, Caden, Natalie, and Nolan Kinderknecht; four great-grandchildren, Audrie, Ryder and Cort Smith; Conner Kinderknecht; one brother, Robert, and wife, Virginia Kinderknecht, two sisters, Esther, and husband, Alvin Mader; Thelma, and husband, Gilbert Wildeman; 84 nieces and nephews; many other relatives and friends.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, Tyson Charles Kinderknecht, five brothers, Julius, Eugene, Marvin, Cletus, and Virgil, one sister, Dorothy Waldman and three infant sisters.

ROSARY – Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – 7:00 PM

PLACE – Enfield Funeral Home – Norton, Kansas

VISITATION - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM

MASS OF THE CHRISTIAN BURIAL – Thursday, April 25, 2019 – 2:30 PM

PLACE – St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church – Norton, Kansas

INTERMENT – Mt. Hope Cemetery – Almena, Kansas

MEMORIALS – Hospice, Almena Senior Center, Knights of Columbus in Norton, Kansas