Joseph Berning, 90, died April 14, 2017, at the Wichita County Health Center LTCU, Leoti.
Joe was born Sept. 16, 1926, on the Berning family homestead near
Marienthal, to Joseph and Veronica (Heili) Berning.
A lifetime resident of Wichita County, he was a farmer and stockman.
He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Marienthal, a charter and honorary lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, Marienthal Council No. 2930 and a 4th degree Knight of Columbus at John B. Franz Assembly No. 2567. He served on the Wichita County Soil Conservation District board, Wichita County Cemetery board and was a Pioneer Seed dealer for over 50 years.
On Oct. 15, 1946, he married Mary Bernice Gerstberger at St. Mary Catholic Church. She survives.
Other survivors include: seven children, Jolene Thurston, and husband, Jim, Great Bend, Terry Berning, and wife, Suzy, Scott City, Pam Weinmann, and husband, Mark, Scott City, David Berning, and wife, Nancy, Marienthal, Brad Berning, and wife, Louaine, Leoti, Jeff Berning, and wife, Becky, Garden City, and Russell Berning, and wife, Jolene, Leoti; one brother, Edwin Berning, and wife, Kathy, Leoti; 21 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Bruce Berning; and three siblings, Bart Berning, John (Hans) Berning and Evelyn Stegman.
Vigil service was held April 19 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Marienthal.
Funeral Mass was held April 20 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Fathers Benjamin Martin and Terry Klein officiating. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Wichita County Health Center LTCU or St. Mary Catholic Church in care of Price and Sons Funeral Home, Box 161, Leoti, Ks. 67861.
Condolences may be left to the family through the funeral home website at priceandsons.com.
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