Francis J. 'Bud' Soukup (1926-2019)

Francis J. ‘Bud’ Soukup, 92, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019 in Ellsworth. He was born April 24, 1926 in Ellsworth County to Louis and Lydia (Urbanek) Soukup.
Francis was a lifetime resident of Ellsworth County where he married Phyllis Sheridan on Oct. 25, 1947. He was a farmer and stockman in the Ash Creek Township and member of the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church of Ellsworth.
Francis served his country in the United States Navy during WWII in the Pacific theater aboard the USS Hopping. He was a life member of the Ellsworth VFW Post 6485.
Francis is survived by his sons, Roy J. Soukup (Carol) of Ellsworth and Stephen J. Soukup (Kathy) of Ellsworth; daughters, Fran Reiter (Brian) of Beaver Dam, Wis. and Nancy Johnson of Ellsworth; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and sister, Betty Woody of Beverly.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis in 1992; son-in-law, Dale Johnson; and brothers, Bernard and Marion Soukup.
Visitation is from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Parsons Funeral Home, Ellsworth, followed by a vigil and rosary service at 7 p.m. Family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Ellsworth with burial following in Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ellsworth VFW Post 6485 or St. Bernard’s Catholic Church or Willing Workers, in care of the funeral home, Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.
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