Warren Keith Lingafelter, 79, of Wichita passed away at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 while in the company of his companion Janet Sponsel at his home.
Keith was born in McPherson, on Sept. 27, 1937, a son of Velma Anita (Mullinax) and Willar Hosea Lingafelter.
Keith attended the McPherson grade schools, McPherson Junior High and graduated from McPherson High School, McPherson, in 1954.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church McPherson while he was in his youth.
Keith served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation structural mechanic chief petty officer during the Korean and Vietnam War.
Keith was the last Air Ship Rigger from the Cuban Crises to retire. He retired after 20 years. He received the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and Vietnam Service Medal (Campaign XV). Keith then worked for NCRA as a gauger on the pipelines and retired as a sales person for Cronatron Welding Supplies.
Keith was a member of the American Legion Post 24, McPherson where he served as commander and many other positions and was district commander; was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2715 and was currently a member of Post 3115, Wichita where he served as quartermaster and House Committee; and a member of the Elks Lodge No. 502 of McPherson.
Keith enjoyed his family, his friends, and traveling.
Keith was united in marriage to Ethel Mae Laster on June 19, 1958 at St. Simons Island, Georgia. This union was blessed with the birth of two children, a son and a daughter, Bryan and Kim. Keith Lingafelter was united in marriage to Mary Ruth (Denyer) Meranda on May 20, 1974 at Blackwell, Oklahoma. She died on Aug. 7, 2006.
He is survived by his companion Janet Sponsel of Wichita; his children, Bryan Lingafelter and his wife Vicki of Coweta, Oklahoma; and Kim Thompson and her husband Mike of McPherson; his step-children, Sam Meranda, II, of Scottsdale, Arizona, Connie Meranda of Ferndale, California, Mary Winter of Hutchinson, and Debbie Luttig of McPherson; his sister, Joan Bizzle of Denison, Texas; his eight grandchildren, Brandon, Kati, Jonathan, Sammy III, Bryanna, Mallory, Christopher, and Shea; his 10 great-grandchildren Sara, Jaden, Toby, Ava, Emery, Layni, Grant, Evie, Asher, and Bennett; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Mary Ruth Lingafelter; a step-daughter, Sandra Ann Meranda; his brothers, Dean and Dick Lingafelter; and sister, Helen Sweely.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Glidden - Ediger Chapel, McPherson.
The funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, McPherson, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 with Rev. Darren Frazier officiating.
The final resting place will be at the McPherson Cemetery McPherson. Military honors will be presented by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2715 and American Legion Post 2715.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post 3115 of Wichita and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid St., McPherson, Kansas 67460.