Rudolph "Rudy" Werholtz, 96, formerly of Emporia and Shawnee, Kan., died at 7:17 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, 2011, in his home at the Brandon Woods Retirement Community in Lawrence, Kan.
He was born Sept. 26, 1914 in Columbus, Kan., a son of Frank and Elizabeth (Volker) Werholtz.
In 1919, he moved with his family to Camp 50, west of Arma, Kan., and in 1923, the family moved to Hiattville, Kan., where he grew up and attended school.
He attended radio and communications school in Chicago in the 1930s. He 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 was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He married Mary M. Peters in Paris, Tenn., on May 28, 1942. She preceded him in death on April 11, 1991.
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, Kan., and volunteered with the Boy Scouts and youth baseball. He was an avid golfer, playing frequently until age 90.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Shirley Werholtz of Lawrence and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, four half-brothers and four half-sisters.
A graveside service will be held at noon on Monday, April 11, at Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Scott, Kan., with Rev. Steve Cole officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the George C. Brown Post No. 26, American Legion of Girard. Friends may call after 1 p.m., Sunday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the charity or cause of the donor's choice and these may be left at the service or the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, Kan., 66743. Condolences may be sent to www.wallfuneralservices.com.