Eugene A. Penka

Eugene A. Penka, 67, died April 9, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society in Ellis. 

He was born Sept. 17, 1949, in Scott City, to Victor E. and Eleanor L. (Birzer) Penka. 

Eugene graduated from Healy High School in 1967 and attended Fort Hays State University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1994. Following his retirement from the Army, he moved back to Lane County to farm and be a truck driver. 

He was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Dighton; Knights of Columbus; Reserve Officer Association; a past member of the Healy Co-op board; and a past member of the Healy school board. 

On Jan. 19, 1974, he married Dorin S. Ryan at Scott City. She died on May 8, 2011. 

Survivors include: one daughter, Barbara Weintz, and husband, Charles, Las Vegas, Nev.; three sons, John Penka, and wife, Carrie, Wichita, Mark Penka, and wife, Jenni, Dighton, and Steven Penka, and wife, Connie, Wallace; three brothers, Larry Penka, Healy, Bill Penka, and wife, Joann, Dighton, and Terry Penka, Dighton; two sisters, Vicki Menzer, and husband, Fred, Breckenridge, Colo., and Eloise Doran, and husband, Jim, St. John; and 10 grandchildren. 

Vigil service will be held Mon., April 17, 7:00 p.m., at St. Theresa Catholic Church. 

Funeral mass will be April 18, 10:30 a.m., at St. Theresa Catholic Church with Fr. Bernard Felix officiating. Burial will follow at the Dighton Memorial Cemetery with graveside rites conducted by the Kansas Army National Guard Honor Guard and American Legion Post No. 190. 

Calling hours are April 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Boomhower Funeral Home, 145 N. Wichita, Dighton. 

Memorials may be given to Lane County Amusement Association in care of the funeral home, Box 891, Dighton, Ks., 67839. 


Condolences may be posted on the funeral home website at www. garnandfuneralhomes. com. 

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