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September 19th, 2019

norman hetzelNorman Harley Hetzel, 87, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 at Wheatridge Park Care Center in Liberal.

He was born Jan. 8, 1932 to Harald and Ella (Cooper) Hetzel in Quinter. 

He married Ethel Mullen in 1959 in LaCrosse. She survives.

He graduated from Collyer High School in 1950. After five months of business school, he started working for Missouri Pacific Railroads. After one year of that work, he joined the U.S. Army for two years, serving one year in Korea, with the rank of Corporal. 

Upon his return, he worked for Missouri Pacific Railroad for the next 28 years as an agent telegrapher. Then in 1982, the company merged with Union Pacific Railroad. He retired in 1993, with a total of 42 and a half years with the two railroads.

He enjoyed playing pool and gardening.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and was a member of the Tribune United Methodist Church which he held various positions for many years. 

He served on the city council in Tribune for more than ten years.

Survivors also include daughters, Melinda and Michael Haist, Conway Springs,  and Sonya and Dr. Curtis Miller, Liberal; brother, Eldon (Beverly) Hetzel, granddaughter, Mckenzie Miller; and grandsons: Justin Haist, and Logan and Blake Miller.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant granddaughter, Josie; and grandson, Jacob.

• Cremation has taken place. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at the Greely County Cemetery in Tribune, with Pastor Robert Selvakvmar presiding. Military Honors will be by the United States Army.

A memorial has been established to the United Methodist Church in Tribune. Please make checks payable to the United Methodist Church of Tribune. Memorials may be mailed to Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd St. Liberal, KS 67901

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