John Edward Haremza, 80, died Monday, 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 also include two sons, Johnny and wife Jill of Garden City, and Jay Dee and wife Whitney of Larned; four daughters, Brenda Haremza, Sheli Haremza and Jill Robinson, all of Larned, and Amy Beth Haremza of Wichita; one brother, Jim and wife Shirley Haremza of Grand Junction, Colo.; one sister, Hulda Mae Gothorp of 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 stepson, Shawn Cook; one great-niece; and one great-nephew.
Funeral Mass will begin 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 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Larned Knights of Columbus Hall. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 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.