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William James Vietze, 67, Olathe, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. 

Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at the McGilley & Frye Funeral Home. Interment was in De Soto Cemetery, De Soto.

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 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 Co. 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 Co. He continued working  his own company for 27 years. After that Bill started his adventures of “The Junk Yard Dogs,” where he still was entertaining his friends until his death. 

Bill is 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 wife of 10 years, Linda (Slaton) Vietze. Bill was a loving father to all eight of his daughters, Michelle Begay Black, Tracie Dawn Vietze, Brandi Nicole Vietze, Cheryl Lynn Leach and her husband, Jeremy, Julie Massengale, Michelle Corbin, Christi Gerfen and Shannon Dennis; and son, Greg Dennis. 

He will be sadly missed by numerous grandkids and two great-grandkids, along with many nieces and nephews. Bill also is survived by his brother, Walter Ernie Vietze, and sister, Patricia Piper. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the family. 

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