Harold ‘Ed’ Poertner, 73, Osage City: Sept. 3, 1944 – Dec. 29, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Harold “Ed” Poertner, 73, passed away on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, near Topeka, Kan. He was born on Sept. 3, 1944, in Wamego, Kan., the son of Maxwell and Marie Ba​ggs Carley. He was adopted and raised by Fred and Mabel Burkdoll Poertner.

Harold grew up around the Vassar and Lyndon, Kan., communities, had lived in Emporia, Kan., from 1967 to 2011, and has lived southeast of Osage City, Kan., since then.

Harold served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He taught sixth grade at Maynard Elementary, in Emporia, and then became principal there. He was the director of career education in Emporia, owned a computer service business, and retired from the state of Kansas as the drug and rehabilitation director. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degrees in education from Emporia State University. Harold was a member of the Emporia Masonic Lodge No. 12, was on the board of the Vassar Funfest, and was a member of the Lyndon United Methodist Church.

On June 26, 1966, Harold was married to Nancy Failor, in Lyndon.

Harold was preceded in death by his birth parents, Maxwell and Marie, and by his adopted parents, Fred and Mabel.

Harold is survived by his wife, Nancy, of the home; daughter, Gina Poertner, Shawnee, Kan.; son, Brian (Angel) Poertner, Osage City; brother, Frank Poertner, Kansas City, Mo.; half-brother, Gary (Sharon) Rainwater, Bowie, Texas; half-sister, Gail Sharp, Bowie, Texas; adopted siblings, Kathy Isaacs, Jane Ann Whalen, Susan Scheid, Richard Burkdoll and Gary Burkdoll; and three grandchildren, Lauren, Lindsey and Logan.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at the Lyndon United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Lyndon Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, at the Feltner Funeral Home, Lyndon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lyndon United Methodist Church, 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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