John Pankratz, 81, Overbrook: March 2, 1938 – March 25, 2019

OVERBROOK, Kan. – John Pankratz, 81, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2019, at the Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kan. He was born on March 2, 1938, in Halstead, Kan., the youngest of six children of John and Lydia Wiebe Pankratz.

John grew up in rural Hillsboro, and had lived in Wichita, Newton and Lyndon, before moving south of Overbrook, Kan., several years ago.

John owned and operated Pankratz Heating and Air for many years. Following that, he had worked for the Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority as the building mechanic and FAA certified airport electrician. After retiring, John bred and raised American Quarter Horses. He was a member of the Grace Community Church, in Overbrook, the American Quarter Horse Association, and the Elks.

John was married to Twyla Williams in 1956, they later divorced. He married Beth Clark on March 6, 1993, in Miami, Okla.

John was preceded in death by a son, Bradly Pankratz in 2007; his parents and his siblings.

He is survived by his wife, Beth, of the home; son, Mitchel Pankratz, Ottawa, Kan.; daughter, Colette Jones, Shawnee, Kan.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 1, at Feltner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Valley Brook Cemetery. The family will receive friends 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Community Church or the American Quarter Horse Association Foundation, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Online condolences can be left at

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