John A. Borger, 89, died January 31, 2011, at the Lone Tree Residential Care Center, Meade, Kansas.
He was born September 25, 1921, in rural Meade County, Kansas, the son of George and Mary Cordes Borger. He was baptized at the Lutheran Church in October of 1921, Mrs. John Cordes and Mrs. Henry Gruemkin were his sponsors. He was confirmed on July 15, 1934, by Pastor R. Gehle and has remained a member of St. John Lutheran Church and has served in various offices and committees of the church.
He attended Meade public schools, graduating with the class of 1939, and obtained a business degree from Dodge City Community College. After serving in WW II for 3 years in the South Pacific, he became an employee of the Meade Co-Op Elevator and served as manager there for 22 years. He was also manager of the Ingalls Elevator for 10 years, retiring in 1984, and has been a Meade resident since.
On May 22, 1949, he married his best friend, Katherine Blehm, of Meade. They have 2 children, Cindy Ross, her husband, Jerry of Russell, Kansas; and Loren Borger and his wife, Sandy, of Meade. He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Anna Graham of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Thelma Hilst of Hutchinson. He is survived by his wife, Katherine, of the home, 8 grandchildren, Jennifer and Douglas McNett, Larned, Kansas, Jeralyn and Ellis Jefferson, John and Heather Ross, Russell, Kansas, Kyle Borger, Anthony, Aubrey, and Chelsey Brauer of Meade, and 8 Great-grandchildren, Ross, Reed, Ella and Emma McNett, Larned, Kansas, Brygette, Jaxon, and Karrsyn Ross, and Jasmine Jefferson of Russell, Kansas and many nephews and nieces
John was an avid sports fan, golf being second love of his life. He participated in many community activities and organizations. He was a member of the American Legion and past member of the Kiwanis Club and Country Club of Meade. He was also a past board member of the Meade District Hospital and the Meade City Planning Commission.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 5, 2011, at St. John Lutheran Church, Meade, with the Reverend Lynn E. Spencer presiding. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday with the family present from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Interment will be in the Graceland Cemetery, Meade.
The family would welcome memorials to St. John Lutheran Church Building Fund or Beam Senior Center in care of the funeral home.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com