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Francis H. Sudbeck

Seneca, Kansas

03/07/1929 - 10/16/2018

Francis H. Sudbeck, 89, of Seneca, died on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Life Care Center in Seneca, Kansas.

Francis was born to Franz and Mary A. Olberding Sudbeck on March 7, 1929. He grew up on the family farm northwest of St. Benedict, Kansas, and attended Haug Country School for a year before attending St. Mary’s Grade School, graduating from St. Benedict High School in 1946. His father died when Francis was only 14 years old.  Francis farmed the family homestead until he joined the U.S. Army on July 9, 1952; he was assigned to Battery A 7th AAA  AW BN. He served one year, four months and fifteen days in Germany, and he was discharged as CPL from Fort Knox, Kentucky on June 16, 1954.

Francis married Eileen Lierz on February 5, 1958 at St. Augustine in Fidelity.

Francis returned home to the family farm, where he lived until 2013, when the couple moved to Seneca. Francis really never retired as he continued to manage the family farming operation with his son.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, serving on the Church Council when the church was restored to its original glory; and St. Joseph’s Society.  Francis loved farming; but, he also enjoyed baseball, reading, watching sports, fishing, hunting, and attending his grandchildren’s events.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Tyler Hammes on March 12, 2018; his parents, Franz on December 20, 1943 and Mary A. on September 16, 1990; and brothers, Linus Sudbeck on August 7, 1990 and Virgil Sudbeck on July 4, 2016.

Francis is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eileen of the home, a son, Dave (Lori) Sudbeck of Seneca; daughters, Nancy (Maurice) Feldkamp of Baileyville, Judy (Rudy) Davis of Olathe and Glenda (Bradley) Hammes of Baileyville; a sister,Antonia Wassenberg of Seneca; and a brother, Junias Sudbeck of Seneca; eleven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Rosaries will be prayed at 2 & 7 P.M. on Friday, October 19th at the Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, October 20, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Benedict.

Memorials are for St. Mary’s Church and/or NVCH, sent in care of the family.



Rosaries are at 2 & 7 P.M. Friday at the Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday at 10:30 A.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Benedict.

Memorials are For St. Mary’s Catholic Church and or NVCH

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  1. Mary Jane Fleming on October 18, 2018 at 7:15 am

    So sorry for your loss. May all the happy memories you have of your loved one, help ease the pain at this difficult time. God Bless. Mary J. Fleming

    • Kent & Cindy PeKarek on October 18, 2018 at 10:41 pm

      Cindy and i are so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent at anytime during your life is so sad and in future days you will catch yourself thinking of and sometimes talking with him. There are no words or anyone who can replace your father. He is always a daughter’s first love and will always be with you in thought.. Please accept our condolences and may God be with you and your family during these sorrowful times. And, may the spirit of the Lord be with you and your family until you all meet again in heaven.

  2. April Rosales on October 19, 2018 at 8:36 am

    The ESU Softball team sends their sincere sympathy. May you be comforted by the memories of the good times and may you always remember you now have a guardian angel looking over you! All our love, April Rosales & ESU Softball

  3. Armella Tangeman on October 21, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Dave and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful dad. I remember him fondly. May the good memories of him carry you through this sad and difficult time. Sincerely, Armella Tangeman

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