Kenneth Lee Gladden, April 20, 1926 — March 20, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014 | 5:06 p.m. CDT

DODGE CITY, Kan. — Kenneth Lee Gladden, 87, died March 20, 2014 at his home in Dodge City. He was born on April 20, 1926 at Turley, Missouri, the son of Clarence and Lena (Welch) Gladden.

Kenneth was a veteran of WWII serving in the United States Army as a paratrooper. His unit fought at Luzon in the Philippines. After the war he came to Dodge City in 1947. On June 17, 1953, he married Agnes Schlereth Burkhart. In 1956, he and wife Agnes started Gladden Excavating, and together operated that business for many years. He later established Gladden Farms near Dodge City.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and Howard Gotschall Post # 1714, Veterans of Foreign Wars, both of Dodge City.

Survivors include sons, Darrell Burkhart and wife Beverly, Larry Burkhart, and Mike Burkhart and wife Mindy, all of Dodge City, one brother, Robert Gladden, Roby, Missouri; one sister, Betty Patterson, Columbia, Missouri, nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Agnes (Schlereth) Burkhart Gladden, one granddaughter Angela Burkhart, one brother Joseph W. Gladden, and one sister Maxine Umpfleet.

Funeral service will be held at Swaim Funeral Home on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. with Pastor Kirk Larson presiding. Entombment will follow at Greencrest Mausoleum of Peace with Charles Patterson and full military rites provided by Howard Gotschall Post # 1714, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the KSARNG Military Honors. Visitation will be at Swaim Funeral Home on Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 P.M.. Memorials are suggested to Ford County Fire and Emergency Medical Services in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at

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