Jerry Lee Zwahlen, 68, of Farlington, died on August 21, 2009 of natural but sudden causes at Saint Lukes Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
Jerry was born to Philip and Lillian (Spunagle) Zwahlen in Susanville, Calif. on June 18, 1941 and was raised in Hallowell. Jerry graduated from Cherokee County Rural High School in 1958 and then attended Pittsburg State University.
He served Active Duty in the US Army in 1962 and the following five years in the Army Reserves.
During that time he married June Stone of Osawatamie on September 22, 1963 and they made their home of 28 years in Lenexa.
He was employed by Hallmark Cards for 38 years.
He later married Sue Johnson of Farlington, on April 29, 1995 and they made their home in Farlington. Jerry enjoyed fishing, friends, family, playing cards, camping, telling jokes and people, people, people.
He was a great man and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Lillian Zwahlen.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 14 years, Sue and his children, Brian and Ashley of Wanship, Utah and Sheila and Greg Mengarelli of Prescott, Ariz. and 13 natural grandchildren. He leaves behind a sister, Janice (Frank) Maxton of Columbus, and a brother, Robert Dean of Hallowell.
He is also survived by four stepsons, Craig and Kristin Johnson, Wade and Lori Johnson, Jason and Lorie Johnson and Chris and Amy Johnson all of Girard and 10 step-grandchildren. His special aunt, June Newbanks of Oswego, Kansas and a special friend, Karl Wicker of Arma, Kansas. Numerous cousins and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 26 at 2 p.m. at Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard, with Brian Zwahlen and Pastor Rick Prideaux officiating.
Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home where friends may call after 10 a.m., Tuesday. Interment will immediately follow at the McGonigal Cemetery in rural Crawford County with Flag Folding and Presentation by the George C. Brown Post No. 26, American Legion of Girard.
Memorials are suggested to the Big Canyon Ranch Christian Camp, the Special Olympics in honor of Brayden Johnson, or the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital and these may be left at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, 66743.