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Jourdan Mattke

Western Kansas World of Wakeeny, Kansas

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Jourdan W. Mattke, age 85, of WaKeeney, passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Trego Manor, WaKeeney. He was born January 13, 1930 in Ogallah, to Paull and Gladys May (Pierce) Mattke.

Jourdan was a Trego Community High School graduate. On September 4, 1949, he was united in marriage to Ethel Bell in WaKeeney. They enjoyed 55 years of marriage before her death on August 17, 2005. On November 22, 2008, Jourdan married Wilda Irene Wen the, in Ogallah. He was an auto mechanic by trade, but was known to be able to fix most anything. He also did business selling oil and gas additives. Jourdan was a fair minded person, who enjoyed the Outdoors. He always cherished a good walk or a camping trip. It wasn't uncommon to find him on the dance floor at family wedding dances and other events. He loved to spend time with family and friends. He will be missed by many.

Those left to mourn his passing include his wife, Wilda; a son, John and wife Kim of Ridgefield, Washington; a daughter, Janet and husband Dave Underhill of Mitchell, Nebraska; two stepsons, Dale Wenthe and wife Julie of McPherson, and Gale Wenthe and wife Brandy of Inman; three stepdaughters, Wanda and husband Duane Pfannenstiel of Frisco, Texas, Sharon and husband Matt Pounds of Yuma, Colorado, and Rebecca and husband John Quincy of McKinney, Texas; four grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; eleven step grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; and three brothers, James Walter of WaKeeney, Clifford and wife Debra of Independence, Missouri, and Frank and wife Nancy of Wichita. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ethel; and a brother, Leo.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Schmitt Funeral Home, WaKeeney. Burial followed in the Ogallah Cemetery, Ogallah.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Trego Manor or Ogallah Christian Church. Checks made to the organization may be sent to Schmitt Funeral Home, 336 North 12th, WaKeeney, KS 67672.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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