WICHITA — Kenneth D. Clasen, 79, a retired farmer and cattleman, beloved husband, father, brother and "Pop," passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, after an extended illness.
Mr. Clasen served in the U.S. Army and spent 29 years fulfilling his passion for farming near St. Paul until retiring in 1992 to Wichita.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Patricia; two sons, Kenny Clasen of Garland, Texas, and Mark (Chris) Clasen of Seward; two daughters, Karen (Keith) Anderson of Andover and Melanie Clasen of Oklahoma City; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Francis Clasen of Garden Plain; and a sister, Shirlene Simon of Colwich.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Clasen; a brother, Gene Clasen; a sister, Martina Owens; a son, John Clasen; and a great-grandson, Peyton Duling.
The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Wichita. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. at St. Anthony Cemetery at Garden Plain. A rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. today at the church.
Memorials are suggested to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, New York, N.Y., 10163, and Heartland Home Care Hospice, 3210 W. Kellogg Dr., Wichita, 67213.
The Wulf-Ast Mortuary of Garden Plain is in charge of arrangements.