Obituary: William Heffentrager

William Eugene Heffentrager, 90, died Friday, June 3, 2016, at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice of Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus in Wichita.
He was born on July 23, 1925, in Sacketts Harbor, N.Y., the son of George H. and Sarah E. Booth Heffentrager. Bill served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War.
Bill married Hazel Victoria McClure on Sept. 8, 1946, in Pasadena, Calif.
He was a food product merchandiser for many years in California until he and Hazel moved to Newton in the mid 1970s, where he continued working.
A few years after the death of Hazel, Bill married Loretta May Ford Lies on Feb. 21, 1996, in Newton. She died on Feb. 4, 2015.
He was a member of the First Christian Church in Newton and the American Legion. Bill traveled throughout the world as a missionary for the church.
Survivors include stepdaughter Charlene Vinduska of Wichita; stepsons Mike Lies of Oakley, Vernon Lies of Jonesboro, Ark., David Lies of Albert, and Raymond Lies of Newton; 18 step-grandchildren; 26 step-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Bill also was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather Sarah and Wilson Pernice; father and stepmother George and Bertha Heffentrager; and brothers George and John Heffentrager.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m.Tuesday, June 7, at the First Christian Church. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Newton.
Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton.
A memorial has been established with the Legacy of John at the Kansas Christian Home; contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.
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