STERLING, Kan. -- Bruce Lee Fichtner, 50, of Sterling, Kan., died Tuesday (Jan. 11, 2005) at the Hospice House in Hutchinson, Kan., after battling with pancreatic and liver cancer since October 2004.
He was born Jan. 7, 1955, in North Platte to Lesley and LaVada (Lucas) Fichtner. He was baptized as an infant on February 6, 1955 and confirmed on May 25, 1969 at St. John's Lutheran Church in White. He was active in Walther League.
He was a resident of Hayes County most of his life. He was a 1973 graduate of Hayes County High School where he was involved in football, band, baseball, 4-H and riding club. He also attended one year at N.S.T.A. in Curtis for diesel mechanics. For many of his adult years he worked with his dad farming and ranching. After his dad became ill he took over the farm.
His last position was in production at Fab Pro in Kingman, Kan.
On Jan. 14, 1994, he married Elizabeth "Jody" Smith in Curtis.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lesley Fichtner; infant brother, Larry Fichtner; and step-granddaughter, Katerina Katherine Kalinski.
Survivors include his wife, Jody of Sterling; sons, Chris Fichtner of Danbury and Brandon Fichtner of McCook; step-daughter, Alesia (Tab) Kalinski of Culbertson; two step-grandsons; mother, LaVada Fichtner of Gothenburg; brother, Joe and wife, Ann Fichtner of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and sister, Beth and husband, Mike Messersmith of Gothenburg.
A memorial service, followed by dinner, will be at the Maywood Community Building in Maywood Monday, 10 a.m., with Rev. Paul Warneke and Seminarian Joe Fichtner officiating. Also officiating, will be Rev. Michael Brockman of the Christ Lutheran Church of Hutchinson.Inurnment will take place at a later date.
The register book will be available to sign on Sunday 1-9 p.m., at Blase-Wetzel Funeral Home in Curtis.
A memorial has been established.
Blase-Wetzel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.