Obituary: Jerry Konecny

Gerald S. “Jerry” Konecny, 74, formerly of Conway Springs, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, at his residence in Wichita.

He was born Jan. 7, 1943, in Wichita to Sylvester Joseph Konecny and Marie Theresa (Jacobs) Konecny. Jerry moved with his family to Conway Springs in 1944, where he attended St. Joseph Catholic School and Conway Springs High School.

He graduated with the class of 1961, and attended Friends University in Wichita.

Jerry joined the Air National Guard in 1963 and served his country in Korea during the Pueblo crisis, from Jan. 26, 1968, to June 18, 1969. Jerry first worked at Watkins Steel in Wichita. He later went to work for Southwestern Bell as a lineman. He moved to Wellington in 1969 to work as an installer and repairman. From 1975 through 1999, Jerry worked in the agricultural business as a chemical and fertilizer salesman. In 1999, Jerry became an over-the-road truck driver, where he traveled all 48 contiguous states for various companies. He retired in 2008.

Jerry had lived in Wellington; Kingsdown; Sublette; Cheyenne Wells, Wyo.; Denver; Dalhart, Texas; and Wichita.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Derby; VFW No. 3115 Wichita; American Legion Post No. 408, Derby; and was active in a fraternal order known as the Forty & Eight. Jerry was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jerry is survived by two daughters, Christina Morley and husband, Lee, of Taylors, S.C., and Theresa McNeese and husband, Richard, of Seattle; twin brothers, Donald Konecny and wife, Shirley, of Conway Springs, and Ronald Konecny and Sue Looney of Haysville; a sister, Mary Lou Konecny Spurlock and husband, George, of Wichita; four grandchildren, Zackary, Heather, Bryce and Kelsie; and two great-grandsons: Mason and Easton.

Visitation with family present will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Ebersole Mortuary, 219 W. Spring Ave., Conway Springs.

There will be private family inurnment. Online condolences and guest book are available at

In appreciation of Jerry’s recent association with the Kansas Honor Flight, the family requests memorials be made to Kansas Honor Flight, P.O. Box 2371, Hutchinson, KS 67504.