Eldon W. Mounkes, 89, Lyndon: Oct. 5, 1931 – Jan. 16, 2021 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Eldon W. Mounkes, 89, Lyndon: Oct. 5, 1931 – Jan. 16, 2021

LYNDON, Kan. – Eldon W. Mounkes, 89, passed away Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook, Kan. He was born Oct. 5, 1931, in Bushong, Kan., the son of Elisha and Hattie (McKinley) Mounkes.

Eldon graduated from Olivet High School in 1950. He served in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1955, and was involved in Operation Castle, the hydrogen bomb test at Eniwetok. He had farmed with his father and then farmed on his own. Eldon worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation until his retirement. He was a member of the Lyndon American Legion Post No. 125 and the Olivet United Methodist Church. Eldon always enjoyed outings with his dog, Grizzly.

On Dec. 14, 1952,, Eldon was married to his high school sweetheart, Donnalee Gilman, in Olivet, Kan. To this union, three children were born, Steve, Annetta and Tammi.

Eldon was preceded in death by his parents, Elisha and Hattie; his brother, Alphus Mounkes; and a grandson, Alec Mounkes.

Eldon is survived by wife of 68 years, Donnalee; his three children, Steve Mounkes, Lyndon, Annetta (Danny) Hurt, Lyndon, and Tammi (Dave) Thornburgh, Osage City, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Mara Mounkes, Tonia Lange, Tanae Olson, Tanille Boswell, Chelsi Gardner, Blake Thornburgh and Brock Thornburgh; 10 great-grandchildren, Tigean, Keldon, Bryleigh, Addyson, Korbyn, Levi, Camden, Natalee, Tenley and Jarett; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at Feltner Funeral Chapel, Lyndon. Burial will be in the Lyndon Cemetery. Eldon will lie in state 4-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel, and the family will receive friends 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to Lyndon High School Girls Athletics, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Condolences can be left at feltnerfuneralhome.com.

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