May 12, 1932 – April 30, 2021
Kenneth Eugene Bontrager beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on Friday, April 30th, 2021, in Charlotte, NC.
Kenneth was born in Wetmore, KS on May 12th, 1932. Kenneth was a graduate of Washburn University and Emporia State University. Upon graduation from Washburn University, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and served for four years until being honorably discharged as a Captain. Kenneth worked as an educator in Kansas and later for Bunn-O-Matic and Kraft Foods until his retirement.
He is survived by his 4 children Mark (Cathy) Arlington, VA, Kim (Mike O'Neill) Charlotte, NC, Cathey (Harwell Palmer) Pinehurst, NC, and Kristy (Steve Moore) Leawood, KS, 10 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Mary Jo Fernkopf (Alan) of Circleville, KS.
He was proceeded in death by his beloved wife Janice, his parents Kenneth and Maureen Bontrager, and his brother Max Bontrager.
A private service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to Metrolina Association for the Blind, 704 Louise Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28204.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
May 10, 2021
Cathey, Mark, Kim, and Kristy...sorry to hear your dad passed. Thank you for posting the notice in the Topeka paper. Doesn't seem that long ago I saw you all at the Hoyt Commnity Center following your mom's funeral. We only live 5 miles from Hoyt. My memories surround your family while you lived in Glasco, and your dad was superintendant. Long time ago, but fond memories. In visiting with your dad at your mom's gathering, I learned of his many interesting and unique experiences. I'm sure you will hold memories of those for the rest of your lifetimes.
God's blessings and peace to you all. Erik Berggren (classmate of Cathey).
May 7, 2021
To me Gene was "Coach" and that was how we all referred to him. But in truth he was much more than just our coach or teacher. He was a motivator who got us to do our best in what ever we did both in class and on the playing field. He could be tough when he needed to be, as all high school kids need direction, but in a way that was fair and respected.
Thank you Coach because you were a big part in my growing up in my early years. God Bless your family and we will always have a special place in our hearts for you.
May 6, 2021
All of you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this most difficult time. Your Dad was such a special man to all of us at Tonganoxie High School when he was principal. He always had a smile and was always welcoming to all of us. My favorite memory of him was when we got caught skipping class. Bringing all 3 of us in to his office and telling us how we had embarrassed him by being caught (by him). It wasn't the skipping class part it was being caught. I have a special love for him as he inspired so many of us. Soar with the Angel's, I know Jan was waiting with open arms as well as the Lord himself. Sending all of you a hug, Mark, Kim, Cathy and Kristy. Much love to all.