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E. "Dick" Bortz
Richard E. “Dick” Bortz, 85, of Grand Island, died Friday,
March 2, 2012 at the Grand Island Veteran’s Home.
A memorial service will be on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 11a.m. at
the First Christian Church in Grand Island. Reverend Dr. Scott
Taylor and Reverend Dr. Carter Aikin will officiate. Military honors
will be provided by the United Veterans Honor Guard. Burial of
ashes will be at a later date in Great Bend, Kansas.
There will be no visitation. All Faiths Funeral Home is serving
Richard was born September 30, 1926 in Hutchinson, Kansas, the son
of Andrew and Lydia (Stang) Bortz.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 64 years, Ruth; their
son and daughter-in-law, Robert “Bob” and Karen Bortz and
their daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn “Kat” Bortz and Earl
Haworth, all of Grand Island.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Marion and
Richard grew up on a dairy farm near Grand Bend and graduated from
Great Bend High School. He attended Kansas State University and
graduated with a degree in chemistry.
He entered the United States Navy on May 22, 1944, served in the North
Atlantic and South Pacific theatres and was honorably discharged July
Richard was united in marriage to Ruth Dietz on August 17, 1947 in
Great Bend. Following their marriage they lived in Manhattan, KS,
Pratt, KS, Las Cruces, NM and Wichita, KS. They moved to Grand
Island in 2007 to be close to their family.
He was employed by Kansas Farm Bureau and New Mexico Farm Bureau, retiring
in 1987. Richard and Ruth then managed the La Quinta Inn (East)
in Wichita, KS until retiring in 1993.
Richard was active in the United Methodist Church in Garden City, Manhattan,
Pratt and Wichita, all in Kansas, and Las Cruces, New Mexico and was
a member of the First Christian Church in Grand Island when he passed
away. He was very involved in the Boy Scouts of the Santa
Fe Council in Southwest Kansas; was a Master Mason; a board member of
the Wichita Convention Bureau; was active in the Wichita Lodging Association
and on the City of Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau Committee. Richard
was also a member of the Rotary, Elks and Lions Clubs.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s
Association or the American Heart Association.