Joe Masser 104, of Girard, Kan. formally of Cherokee, Kan. died 5:55 a.m. Thursday July 7, 2011 at his home following a short illness.

Joe was born September 2, 1906 in Kirkwood, Kan., the son of Josef and Eloise (Kugerl) Masser. He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Fleming and Coal Valley schools. Joe was a farmer most all his life. On December 16, 1934 he married Verna Mae McClure in Kansas City, Kan.; she preceded him in death August 26, 1981. He later married Dora (Matsin) Kelley on November 3, 1982 in Cherokee, Kan.; she survives at the home. Joe was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Girard, Kan.; a former member of the United Methodist Church in Cherokee, Kan., a member of the Senior Citizens Dance Group in Columbus, Kan., Bowling League in Girard, Kan., Monday Morning Coffee Bowing League in Pittsburg, Kan., enjoyed gardening, sewing and woodworking.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Verna Mae Masser; brother, Herman L. Masser; sister, Elizabeth Strasser; step-son, Bill Borden and step-daughter Karen Harlan.

Survivors include his wife of the home; brother, Peter Masser of Girard, Kan.; son-in-law and daughter-in-law Jerry Harlan and Julie-Anne Harlan; grandchildren, Jeff Harlan and wife Lori, Joe Borden and wife Kelly, Jon Harlan, Debbie Borden, James Harlan, Bill Borden and wife Tina, Jeremy Harlan and wife Nikia and Ben Borden and wife Lou; 13 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, two nephews Francis J. Strasser and Herman Masser, one niece Margaret Shepherd and husband Charles, three great nephews, two great nieces, one great-great nephew, and six great-great nieces.

Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Monday July 11, 2011 at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Pittsburg, KS with Pastor Doug Amend officiating. Burial will follow at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Pittsburg, KS. Family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday July 10, 2011 at the funeral home in Pittsburg, KS; friend may call after 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family ask expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorials to the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ. Friends may drop off or mail memorials to Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 522 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762. E-mail condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com. Arrangements are by Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Pittsburg, KS.