Obituary: Ronald Grapengater

Ronald Richard Grapengater, 93, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.

He was born Oct. 16, 1923, in Newton to Henry and Mary Grapengeter. He was the youngest of four brothers. He graduated as a certified machinist from the four-year AT&SF Apprentice School. He married Lorene Rutschman of Whitewater on Feb. 17, 1945—they were married 71 years.

His employment included: Johnny’s Confectionary, Perfect Bakery, Boeing and AT&SF Railroad.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lorene; his parents; and his brothers, Kenneth of Newton, Archie of Harlingen, Texas, and Joyce of Brownwood, Texas.

He is survived by his four children, Bob (Elaine) Grapengater of Pueblo West, Colo., Rick (Susan) Grapengater of Tulsa, Okla., Dana (Kim) Grapengater of Garden City and Mary Beth (Garry) Pennington of Chanute; his nine grandchildren, Michele Grapengater Harrington, Jeff Grapengater, Mark Grapengater, Laura Grapengater Ellison, Jennifer Grapengater Moussavi, Megan Grapengater Palen, Richard Pennington, Matthew Pennington and William Pennington; and his twelve great-grandchildren, Kayli Higdon LaFon, McKenna Harrington, Brock Harrington, Charlotte Ellison, Ford Ellison, Reese Grapengater, Michael Grapengater, Evelyn Grapengater, Annabelle Pennington, Anber Pennington, Olivia Palen, and Marek Moussavi.

He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church and served in many ministries during many years. He loved doing projects for others. His ability to fix just about anything will be remembered by all he helped.

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Salem United Methodist Church, 115 Old Main St., Newton, KS 67114. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Salem United Methodist Church or Caring Hands Humane Society, in care of Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

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