Bernard John Pecha, 79, of Parsons died at 4:05 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, at Labette Health. He had been in failing health the past several years.
He was born June 23, 1929, at Goltry, Okla., to Gustav J. and Mary (Chuda) Pecha. In Oklahoma, he lived at both Helena and Goltry and attended school at Goltry. He moved to the rural area northeast of Parsons, where he farmed until his retirement. After retiring, he moved into Parsons.
He served in the Korean War and was a life member of the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars and of American Legion Post No. 56. He formerly was a member of the Circle 8 Square Dance Club. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Parsons.
He married Evelyn Young on May 29, 1955, at Goltry, Okla. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2005. She survives of the home.
Survivors also include a son, David J. Pecha and his wife, Dawn, of Parsons; four daughters, Kathryn Warstler of Parsons, Helen Warstler and her husband, Gary, of St. Paul, Sally Pecha and her companion, Marcia Houston, of Mt. Hope and Judy Blackburn and her companion, Carl Roberson, of Parsons; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Alfred Pecha and his wife, Dot, and Emil Pecha and his wife, Betty, all of Goltry, Okla.; and three sisters, Lillian Steele of Stayton, Ore., Agnes Marie Zoller of Lansdale, Pa., and Matilda Pecha of Albuquerque, N.M.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Parsons. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, near Dennis, with military honors given by the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The parish will recite the rosary at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends following the rosary.
Memorials are suggested to Operation Bright Touch or the Labette Health Foundation and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, Box 942, Parsons, 67357.