MANHATTAN — Steve W. Hetzler, 63, of Manhattan, died Dec. 4, 2013, in Geary County.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 330 Sunset, Manhattan, with the Rev. Michael J. Schmidt officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are by Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.
The family will greet friends during a visitation from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.ymlfuneralhome.com
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association in honor of Steve's mother, Esther, who had a lengthy battle with the disease. Contributions may be left with the funeral home.
Steve was born June 8, 1950, in Manhattan, to Bob and Esther (Bimgham) Hetzler. He grew up in Manhattan and graduated from the Manhattan High School with the class of 1969.
On Aug. 10, 1974, he married Nancy E. Donley in Oxford.
In their early marriage years, they farmed near Oxford. The family returned to Manhattan in 1987, and Steve worked construction and also was a big rig owner-operator. He worked the last 10 years with Bayer Construction as a heavy equipment operator and a foreman for one of their rock quarries.
Steve worked as a volunteer firefighter and first responder for Ashland Township. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, and fishing. Steve also loved to barbecue and smoke meat on his smoker. Steve was always ready for family gatherings to use his barbecue or smoker to make a meal for everyone.
Steve was preceded in death by his mother, Esther Hetzler, on Nov. 23, 2012; a brother, Bruce Hetzler, in 1967; and an infant son, Dustin Eugene Hetzler, on Dec. 4, 1975.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Hetzler, Manhattan; two daughters, Laura Hetzler, and fiancé, TJ Lindsey, Westmoreland, and Christina Guhr, and husband, Michael, Wamego; father, Bob Hetzler, Manhattan; brothers, Philip Hetzler, and wife, Linda, Manhattan, and Curtis Hetzler, and wife, Nan, Norfolk, Neb.; and many nieces and nephews.