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WILLIAM JAMES VIETZE

William James Vietze, 67, Olathe, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Center in Gardner.

He will forever be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother, uncle and friend to everyone he met.

Bill was born June 16, 1945, in Manhattan, to Walter Otto and Maybel (Jackson) Vietze.

He attended and graduated from Herrington High School in 1963.

He then joined the U.S. Army in 1966. He served his country honorably and was decorated with medals in sharp shooting.

In 1971, he began working at Hubbard Lumber Company in Ottawa, until the mid-1970s. He then took his first construction job with Craig Phares, until branching out on his own with Vietze Construction Company. He continued working his own company for 27 years. After that, Bill started his adventures of “The Junk Yard Dogs,” where he was still entertaining his friends until his death Jan. 17.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Maybel Vietze; three sisters, Donna Spallino, Lilian Crawford and Mildred Haynes; and one brother, Eugene Vietze.

Survivors include his kind, loving, beautiful wife of 10 years, Linda (Slaton) Vietze, of the home. Bill was a loving father to all eight of his beautiful daughters, Michelle Begay Black, Cherokee, Tracie Dawn Vietze, Pomona, Brandi Necole Vietze, Ottawa, Cheryl Lynn Leach and her husband, Jeremy, Gardner, Julie Massengale, Michelle Corbin, Christi Gerfen and Shannon Dennis; and son, Greg Dennis. He will be sadly missed by numerous grandkids; two great-grandkids; along with many nieces and nephews. Bill also was survived by his brother, Walter Ernie Vietze, Raytown, Mo.; and sister, Patricia Piper, Salina.

Condolences may be made at www.ottawaherald.com

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