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Louis E. Ferns, 75, Vasser, Kan., died Friday, June 21, 2013.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Family met with friends before the services. Interment was at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa, Kan.

Louis was born on Saturday, Oct. 30, 1937, in Canon City, Colo., the son of Joseph William “Joe” and Viola Ruth “Vi” (Wemmer) Ferns.

He moved to Vasser, Kan., from Texas in 2005.

Louis graduated from Ottawa High School with the class of 1956. Following his graduation, he attended Washburn University.

He went on to learn various trades and with each place of employment he gained knowledge and skill. He worked with his dad, Joe, as a baker in his early years at the Martha Washington Bakery. After his schooling he went on to work for Santa Fe Railroad and later as a mechanical engineer for Hydra-Tool, from which he retired.  

Louis was united in marriage with Carolyn Humble Jan. 31, 1959, in Ottawa, Kan. They lived in Topeka, Kan., and had a daughter, Trudi JoLynn. They moved to Texas in 1975. Years later, they divorced.

Louis was an active member of Caddo Grove Masonic Lodge No. 352 A.F. & A.M. in Joshua, Texas. He was a dedicated member of Michigan Valley Congregational Church in Quenemo, Kan. Louis enjoyed drag racing, antique cars of the 1950s and 1960s eras, western movies and, most importantly, music.

Survivors include his daughter, Trudi DeRouen and husband, John, Granbury, Texas; three grandchildren, John Braeden DeRouen, Keeton Joseph DeRouen and Rylan Lynn DeRouen, all of Granbury, Texas; two sisters, Bonnie Lue Ferns, Lawrence, Kan., and JoEllen Hall and husband, J.B., Ottawa, Kan.; former wife, Carolyn Humble, Granbury, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe, May 15, 2000, and, Vi, June 21, 2010.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Michigan Valley Community Church through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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