Louie Zirkel, 67, died at home Monday April 14, following an extended illness.
He was born Oct. 3, 1946 to Louis Sr. and Bonnie (Collins) Zirkel in Garden City.
He married Dee Sroufe in 1963. They later divorced.
He married Nancy Younggren in 1980 in Garden City.
He enjoyed being outdoors and playing sports. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and his ability to tell tall tales. He hauled livestock including race horses, cattle, and pigs to all parts of the country.
He drove, maintained, and dispatched trucks throughout his adult life, ending his career as a team driver for Dolly Madison, Interstate Brands, Inc. His career began as a delivery driver for Graves but also included time with Bell Creek, Inc., National Carriers, Inc. and TransAm Trucking.
He also enjoyed bowling, winning city tournaments and competing at regionals.
He played baseball, serving as a catcher and eventually tried out for the Pittsburg Pirates. He coached and sponsored t-ball and encouraged his children to participate in sports. He also enjoyed golf.
He was also known to pull pranks for people of any age, but particularly enjoyed making sure children knew how to take teasing.
He was an avid reader of handyman and hunting or fishing magazines and Louis L’Amour books and also enjoyed music of varied genres and loved to sing.
He enjoyed spending time with children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Survivors include wife, Nancy, and son Jeff (RoSarah) Zirkel, Council Grove; Louis III (Paula) Zirkel of Layton, Utah, and Julie Brown of Cimarron; grandchildren: Hayley, Dallas, Makayla, Kaydance, Duane, and Kaitlyn Zirkel, Council Grove, Bonnie and Zachary Zirkel, Layton, Utah Ashley (Ranlett) Chee, Pinetop, Ariz., and Alexandra (Matt) Harkness of Jonesboro, Ark.; great-grandchildren: Noah, Mia, and Allie Chee, Pinetop, Ariz.; siblings: Diana (Paul) Pfeifer, Holcomb, Connie (Richard) Braun, Deerfield, Dennis (Jamie) Zirkel, Wichita and Donna (Kenny) Batt, Pueblo West, Colo.; aunts Winnie and Francis Collins, Boise City, Okla.; and Dorothy Wright of Longmont, Colo.; and many other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
• An earlier service was given April 18 at Council Grove First Baptist Church and another memorial service will be at First Baptist Church in Garden City at 10 a.m. April 25.
A private burial at Sunnyslope Cemetery will be at a later date.
Memorials are suggested at donor’s choice.