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John Edward Haremza

Published on -11/13/2013, 4:18 PM

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LARNED -- John Edward Haremza, 80, died Nov. 11, 2013, at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned.

He was born March 27, 1933, in Colby. He was the son of Benjamin C. and Velma Marie Makings Haremza.

Ed was a graduate of St. Joseph's Military Academy in Hays. He joined the Air Force in 1953. On Dec. 29, 1953, he married Patricia Hall of Larned. While in the Air Force, Ed and his family were stationed at Wichita Falls, Texas, where he completed prop-engine repair training and also completed jet-engine repair training in Amarillo, Texas. His final station was at the Air Training Command Base in Greenville, Miss. Ed attained the rank of master sergeant while in the Air Force.

In 1957, Ed completed his military service and moved to Larned, where he began working with his father-in-law and brother-in-law at the Triple-H. In 1972, he went to work for Pawnee Beef Builders until his retirement in 1994, and also worked for Morrill Hay while retired. Ed spent his retirement years attending family reunions, watching grandchildren's sporting events and activities and of course coffee time with his buddies.

He attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was a past member of the American Legion, both of Larned.

On Nov. 30, 1981, he married Ann Spacil Cook at Larned. She survives.

Survivors include two sons, Johnny and wife, Jill, Garden City, and Jay Dee and wife, Whitney, Larned; four daughters, Brenda Haremza, Sheli Haremza, Jill Robinson, all of Larned, and Amy Beth Haremza, Wichita; one brother, Jim and wife, Shirley Haremza, Grand Junction, Colo.; one sister, Hulda Mae Gothorp, Curtis, Neb.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Sheri; two sisters, Betty Williams and Juday Huelsmann; five brothers, Robert, Bernard, David, Raymond and Lester; one step-son, Shawn Cook; one great-niece; and one great-nephew.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Larned, with Father Warren Stecklein presiding. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday at the Larned Knight of Columbus Hall. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and from noon until 8 p.m. Sunday at Morell Funeral Home, Larned. Burial will be in Larned Cemetery with military honors.

Memorials may be made to the Shawn M. Cook Memorial Fund for TMP Athletes in care of Morell Funeral Home, P.O. Box 124, Larned, KS 67550-0124.

Condolences may be left at www.morellfuneralhomellc.com.

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