Irene Scruggs, 88, Manhattan: April 6, 1927 – Jan. 8, 2016

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Irene Scruggs, 88, passed away on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at the Meadowlark Hills Nursing Home, in Manhattan, Kan. She was born on April 6, 1927, the daughter of Frank and Rosa (Hertel) Dinkel, in Victoria, Kan.

Irene graduated from Victoria High School and then attended Marymount College in Salina, where she received her nursing degree. She was in the Air Force Reserve and was activated to the Air Force from 1951 to 1952, serving at McConnell Air Force Base, in Wichita. She worked as a registered nurse for more than 30 years, retiring from the KU Medical Center, in Kansas City. She had been a lifelong member of the Catholic Church and was committed to her husband Gene and her boys. She was also a member of several camping clubs and went camping or fishing almost every weekend with her family. In retirement she enjoyed gardening and caring for others at LaMont Hill, at Vassar, Kan. She even learned how to play golf and was awarded the most improved golfer of her league.

On November 19, 1952, Irene was married to Gene T. Scruggs, in Victoria.

Irene was preceded in death by Gene on Aug. 22, 2007; her parents; three brothers, Hilarius, Clarence and Edward; and six sisters, Julitta Dechant, Bertha Prewo, Regina Dechant, Sister Francis Rose Dinkel, Rita Rohr and Melinda Griebel.

Irene is survived by her three sons, Paul (Tonya) Scruggs, Raleigh, N.C., David (Jane) Scruggs, Wamego, Kan., and Mike (Mary Beth) Scruggs, Fairport Harbor, Ohio; two brothers, George (Mary Ann) Dinkel and Father Harvey Dinkel OFM, all of Victoria; three sisters, Mary (Walter) Younker, Antonino, Kan., Viola Richmeier, Grinnell, Kan., and Sister Paul Ann Dinkel, Fond Du Lac, Wis.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the St. Patrick Catholic Church, Osage City. Rosary will be at 10:30 a.m., and Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, at Osage City, with Air Force Honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Patrick Cemetery Fund and the Meadowlark Hills Helping Hands Fund, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Avenue, Lyndon, KS 66451. Online condolences may be left at feltnerfuneralhome.com.

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