Rudolph Werholtz 1914 - 2011 Lawrence
Graveside services for Rudolph “Rudy” Werholtz, 96, Lawrence, formerly of Emporia and Shawnee, will be at noon Monday at Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Scott with the Rev. Steve Cole officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion George C. Brown Post No. 26 of Girard.
Mr. Werholz died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at his home at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.
He was born Sept. 26, 1914, in Columbus, the son of Frank and Elizabeth Volker Werholtz. In 1919, he moved with his family to Camp 50, west of Arma, and in 1923 the family moved to Hiattville, where he grew up and attended school.
He attended radio and communications school in Chicago in the 1930s.
Mr. Werholz was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army in both Europe and the Philippines. He was inducted Jan. 25, 1942, and discharged Jan. 2, 1946.
He retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company on March 18, 1978, after 32 years of service.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Emporia and volunteered with the Boy Scouts and youth baseball. He was an avid golfer, playing frequently until age 90. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He married Mary M. Peters on May 28, 1942, in Paris, Tenn. She preceded him in death on April 11, 1991.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, four half-brothers and four half-sisters.
Survivors include his son, Roger, and wife Shirley, Lawrence; and three grandchildren.
Friends may call after 1 p.m. Sunday at Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard.
The family suggests memorials to a charity or cause of the donor’s choice, sent to the funeral home at 518 W. St. John, P.O. Box 258, Girard, KS 66743.
Online condolences may be sent to www.wallfuneralservices.com.