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Kenneth A. (Kenny) Dalsing

Seneca, Kansas

10/03/1924 - 05/13/2020

Kenneth A. (Kenny) Dalsing, 95, of Seneca passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Highland Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Highland KS.

Kenneth was born on Oct. 3, 1924 to Benjamin Dalsing and Mary Haug Dalsing, in Seneca, KS. Kenneth grew up in the Kelly, KS. area and helped on the family farm. Benjamin passed away in 1932 of pneumonia. Mary Haug Dalsing then sold the family farm. She and Kenneth’s three siblings Ernestine, Florence and Christine moved to Seneca.

Kenneth enlisted in the US Marine Corps on May 6th of 1943. His WWII tour of service lasted until January 23rdof 1946 when he was honorably discharged. Kenneth’s rank was a Corporal. He was a rifle sharpshooter and amphibian tractor crewman. His tour took him to the Asiatic Pacific Area, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Matthias Islands, Marianas, Volcano and Hawaii Islands. He participated in action against the Japanese on Emirau Islands, Guam and Iwo Jima.

Kenneth returned to Seneca and married Mary Knipp Claas on February 6, 1951 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Kenny and Mary celebrated 63 years of marriage. Mary passed away on April 14, 2014.

Kenneth was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed the great outdoors immensely. He enjoyed

taking his wife and children on trips exploring and camping. He dabbled in metal detecting also.

He cherished dogs and had one by his side, most of his life.

Kenneth’s work began at Meyer Lumber Co. in Seneca. He continued to work at lumberyards ending with a longer career at Suther Building Supply. He enjoyed his coworkers and helping customers.

He is survived by his children, Nancy (Dan) Hermreck of Lawrence, KS; Wayne (Cindi) Dalsing of Yorkville, Illinois; JoAnn (Dan) Wempe of Seneca; Pat (Shelton) Jones of Seneca and Bruce (Andrea)

Dalsing of Deerfield, Illinois, nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Ernestine Wilhelm, Florence Sauer and Christine Hogan; by a grandson Christopher Wempe on May 12, 2008 and by a great granddaughter, Olive Fleming on March 6, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Seneca Veterans Memorial Wall or the American Legion in honor of Kenneth’s service in the Marines. Please send in care of the family.


Per Kenneth’s wishes the family chose cremation. Inurnment burial will be in the church cemetery. There will be a ceremony with military honors for Kenneth on Friday, the 22nd at 10:00 a.m.


Due to the critical situation our country is in, please remember the families during this difficult time and consider sending a card of condolence or posting on our website.

Per Kenneth’s wishes the family chose cremation. Inurnment burial will be in the church cemetery. There will be a ceremony with military honors for Kenneth on Friday, the 22nd at 10:00 a.m.


Due to the critical situation our country is in, please remember the families during this difficult time and consider sending a card of condolence or posting on our website.

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  1. Carol and David Liner on May 14, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    We were saddened to hear of Kenny’s passing and have wonderful memories of him and Mary at the wedding of their son, Bruce to our daughter, Andrea. We are so impressed with his dedicated service to his country in the Marine Corps during WWII. We send our heartfelt condolences to all of the family. Carol and David Liner

    • Douglas Haverkamp on May 14, 2020 at 10:22 pm

      Our deepest sympathy to you and family. We had some great times and memories together. We were very fortunate to have such loving parents and great neighborhood to be raised in. Seneca is and always will be home.
      Doug and Laura Haverkamp

  2. David Clements on May 14, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    You have my deepest sympathy due to the loss of your father, grandfather, friend Kenny! Enjoyed the times at the lumberyard when I would sneak in for a look around.

    • Lisa Lummis on May 16, 2020 at 4:37 pm

      Bruce and family,
      So sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
      With heartfelt sympathy,
      Lisa Evans-Lummis

  3. jim cleland on May 15, 2020 at 9:10 am

    I loved Kenny Dalsing not only for his bowhunting skills but his willingness to share his skills in hunting deer. He was my mentor teaching me all that he knew to help a true novias. He was a great help in teaching all aspects of archery. I walked into the lumber yard in 1971 wanting material to build goose decoys. Kenny was behind the desk . He told me to forget about goose hunting and take up deer hunting with a BOW. I told him I didn’t own a bow but he was persistent and one day he took me out teaching me the sings in the woods. I will miss and have missed the visits Kenny and I had sense Mary passed away. some may say Kenny was a rankle to interact with but he and I didn’t seem to have any problems loving one another. I don’t know if he loved me cause I never remember he saying such but his actions said enough. Kenny was a great friend and I for one will miss him dearly. My sympathy to Kenny’s family of all ages.

  4. Barb Kohake Montgomery on May 15, 2020 at 9:24 am

    JoAnn and Family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Linda Osterhaus on May 15, 2020 at 9:56 am

    JoAnn and Pat,
    So very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Cherish the memories you have of him.

    • Milinda (Gudenkauf) Sperfslage on May 20, 2020 at 5:31 pm

      So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was such a nice man. I’m sure you will miss him dearly

  6. Ellen Strathman Rowland on May 15, 2020 at 10:17 am

    Pay sorry for your lost. You dad live a full life but it is never easy to lose dad. Know that you and your family are in my prayers

  7. Mike Simmons on May 15, 2020 at 11:11 am

    A member of the Greatest Generation, thank you for leading the way for your fellow Veterans,
    You maybe gone, but you will never be forgotten my your Brothers & Sisters who have served
    our Nation in the Military. May God bless you, your Family and your Friends.

  8. Jerry and paula rottinghaus on May 15, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Sorry for your loss. Kenny will be missed by many. In our prayers and thoughts.

  9. Dick Anderson on May 15, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Grateful for all of those heroes who fought for our freedom in WWII. Extend sympathy to the family of this hero. Did not know Kenny but was classmate of some Dalsings in Axtell. Must be related.

  10. Joe & Betty Altenhofen on May 16, 2020 at 8:50 am

    So sorry for your loss, in our Prayers and Thoughts. We were neighbors for many years, their family and our family grew up together. They were wonderful thoughtful neighbors.

  11. Jerry Hunninghake on May 18, 2020 at 12:35 am

    My sincere condolences to family and friends. I ran into Kenny when I was visiting our dad and he was visiting Mary 8 years ago at Crestview. For some reason I must have mentioned how dad was in the Navy during WWII because Kenny talked about his service in the Marines and how he saw the actual raising of the flag at Iwo Jima and then the second raising of the flag. Every student of history is familiar with the photograph that went with it. He expressed disappointment with the Navy that for years they passed it off as the initial one. It says above that he participated in action against the Japanese. That is putting it mildly because he told me that much of what he had to do was permanently blocked from his memory. It brings to mind the saying that as Americans we are standing on the shoulders of giants.

  12. Ryan Claas on May 19, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    my sincere condolences to the dalsing family. i knew great uncle kenny was on the sands of iwo jima, but i had no idea of the other conflicts he was in during the pacific campaign. i thank him for his service!

    • Dennis Duryea on November 13, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      I was outside Seneca courthouse and Kenny did an interview with me. He told me all about his time in Iwo Jima. Kenny was 88 at the time. I had been back from Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Living in Seneca for several years and doing business with Kenny we never talked much about the military. We are both veterans as I have retired from the Air force and Air National Guard combo 21 years. I still have the interview on my computer if anyone would like to have it. I enjoyed having a laugh with Kenny and he will always have my respect. A great guy and great friend.

  13. Linda (Baker) Grier on May 21, 2020 at 9:22 am

    So very sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers.

  14. Tom Wilhelm on May 22, 2020 at 7:40 am

    Bruce and the Dalsing Family
    I am very sorry for your loss of your Dad, My thoughts are with you right now.
    Your Friend, Tom

  15. David Kramer on May 27, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I know that even though we are comforted that our parents were able to live a good long life, it is still difficult.
    Take care and I hope to be able to see you again soon. David

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