Justin J. Erker, 88, of Conway Springs, retired Bricklayer, died Saturday, January, 4, 2020 at his residence.
Justin was born during a blizzard on January 7, 1931 at St. Joe Ost, Kansas. He was the 5th child born to George Joseph Erker and Mary (Helten) Erker. He moved with his family to a farm west of Conway Springs at the age of 6 years. He attended the nearby Holly Hill rural school before attending St. Joseph Catholic School.
Justin entered the U.S. Navy in 1951 where he served his country aboard the USS Buckner in the Pacific Tour during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged on January 13, 1955.
Justin returned following his discharge and began working as a bricklayer for Don Wamsley. He later laid brick for several large construction companies in Wichita until his retirement.
Justin was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Conway Springs. He was also a member of the Kansas Trap Shooting Association and actively participated in the sport. Justin was awarded champion trap shooter in doubles and handicap in 1967. He was also involved in the construction of the Association’s current building as a brick mason.
Justin was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Edgar, Paul and Irvin “Butch” Erker and one sister Antoinette Lane.
He is survived by three brothers: George L. Erker of Conway Springs, Kansas; Lawrence A. Erker of Colwich, Kansas; Frank Thome of Wichita, Kansas; one sister Mary Lou Klimcak of Olathe, Kansas and a number of other relatives and friends.
Vigil Service will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 9, 2020 and Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 10, 2020 both at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Conway Springs, Kansas with Father Stuart M. Smeltzer as Celebrant.
Graveside Military rites will be by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard, Wichita, KS. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Conway Springs, Kansas. Arrangements are by Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs. On line condolences and guest book are available at www.ebersolemortuary.com.
Memorials have been established to the St. Joseph Catholic School or Conway Springs EMS.