Alfred Frederick Mahnken

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Alfred Frederick Mahnken, 89, of Pittsburg, Kan., passed away at 7:26 a.m., Thursday, April 15, 2010, at the Via Christi Hospital, Pittsburg, Kan.

He was born April 3, 1921, at Concordia, Mo., the son of Louis H. and Sophia (Meyer) Mahnken.

He attended local schools.

Mr. Mahnken served in the Signal Corps as a Staff Sergeant during World War II. He was Honorably Discharged on Nov. 30, 1945.

On April 6, 1947, he was united in marriage to Eleanor L. Mundt at the Zion Lutheran Church, Pittsburg. She survives of the home.

Mr. Mahnken worked as a farmer and was a forklift operator for Harvest Brand for 24 years.

Membership was held in the Zion Lutheran Church, Pittsburg, where he held various offices and was an elder.

He also served on the Board of Education and was a member of the Benjamin Fuller American Legion Post No. 64 of Pittsburg.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Mahnken is survived by two sons, John Mahnken and his wife Lois of Fort Scott, Kan., and Carl Mahnken and his wife Hope of Fredericksburg, V.a., four daughters, Kathryn Richard and her husband Larry of Arma, Kan., Ruth Lauterbach and her husband Dean of Wichita, Kan., Donna Pittaway and her husband Dave of Kansas City, Kan., and Lois Ziesenis and her husband Tim of Frontenac, Kan., two brothers, Wilmer Mahnken of Higginsville, Mo. and Lester Mahnken of Concordia, Mo., 13 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Edna Wyatt, Lorene Ward and an infant sister.

Services for Mr. Mahnken were at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 19, 2010, at the Zion Lutheran Church, Pittsburg, with Reverend Theodore Cook conducting the service.

Burial followed in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Pittsburg.

The Benjamin Fuller American Legion Post No. 64 of Pittsburg conducted the flag folding ceremony.

The family received friends on Sunday, April 18, at the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg.

The family suggest memorials to the Zion Lutheran Church Memorial Fund and/or the Lutheran Hour. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, Kan. 66762.

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Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, Kan.