By The Mercury

Steve W. Hetzler, 63, of Manhattan, died Wednesday in Geary County.

The family provided some of the following information.

He was born on June 8, 1950, in Manhattan. He was the son of Bob and Esther (Bimgham) Hetzler. He grew up in Manhattan and graduated from Manhattan High School with the class of 1969.

On Aug. 10, 1974 in Oxford, he was united in marriage to Nancy E. Donley.

In their early marriage years, they farmed near Oxford. They returned to Manhattan in 1987, and Steve worked construction and also was a big rig owner/operator. Steve worked the last 10 years with Bayer Construction, where he worked as a heavy equipment operator and a foreman for one of their rock quarries.

He worked as a volunteer firefighter and first responder for Ashland Township.

He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and fishing. Steve also loved to BBQ and to smoke meat on his smoker. Steve was always ready for family gatherings to use his BBQ or smoker to make a meal for everyone.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Esther, on Nov. 23, 2012; a brother, Bruce, in 1967; and an infant son, Dustin Eugene Hetzler, on Dec. 4, 1975.

Steve is survived by his wife, Nancy, of Manhattan; his two daughters, Laura Hetzler and fiancé TJ Lindsey of Westmoreland and Christina Guhr and husband Michael of Wamego; his father, Bob Hetzler of Manhattan; and his two brothers, Philip Hetzler (Linda) of Manhattan and Curtis Hetzler (Nan) of Norfolk, Neb.; and his many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for Mr. Hetzler will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 330 Sunset in Manhattan, with the Rev. Michael J. Schmidt officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

Memorial contributions are suggested in memory of Steve to the Alzheimer’s Association, in honor of his mother, Esther, who had a lengthy battle with the disease. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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