Loran R. Waterman, 92, Ottawa, Kan., passed away Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Ransom Memorial Hospital.
Graveside services are planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at Hufft Cemetery near Eldridge, Mo. Friends may pay their respects to Mr. Waterman 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary.
Loran was born July 11, 1921, in Eldridge, Mo., the son of Oat and Ethel (Shadrick) Waterman.
He was raised and attended schools in Eldridge and lived in various locations with his work before moving to Ottawa in 1964.
Loran was united in marriage with Myrtle May Williams June 28, 1958, in Camdenton, Mo. She survives of their home after 55 years of marriage.
Other survivors include his son, Doug Waterman, Ottawa; three grandchildren, Lacey, Morgan and Ava Waterman; and sister, Marie Childers, Lebanon, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Ocia Gregory.
Loran was an owner-operator of hotels and motels throughout the United States for about 50 years, retiring in 2003. When Loran and Myrtle moved to Ottawa, they operated the North American Hotel and the Royal Manor Motel. He was a ticket and freight agent for Trailways and Greyhound Bus Lines for 25 years. They also owned and operated the Dairy Cream in Ottawa.
Loran served in the U.S. Army from Aug. 13, 1942, to Nov. 10, 1945, as a Carburetor Specialist during World War II in the European and African Theaters. He obtained the rank of Technician 5.
He was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church, Ottawa.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Meals on Wheels, Mid-America Nutrition Program or Hufft Cemetery Fund through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.
An online guest book is available at www.dengelmortuary.com