March 18, 1916--Dec. 17, 2005
LUDELL -- Joseph James Havel, 89, died Saturday (Dec. 17, 2005) at the Morton County Care Center in Elkhart, Kan.
He was born March 18, 1916, on a farm south of Ludell to Joseph and Frances (Urban) Havel. He graduated from Atwood High School in 1935 and Hemphill Diesel School in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1939.
He married Gertrude Vrbas on June 23, 1942, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church near Beardsley, Kan. The couple made their home on a farm southwest of Atwood.
He was a farmer and rancher. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Atwood.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a sister, Elizabeth; and a brother, Ralph.
Survivors include daughters, Jane Mentlick and husband, Joe of Colby, Kan., Karen Willmore and husband, Larry of Golden, Colo., and Mary Pate and husband, Phil of McCook; sons, Larry and special friend, Rebecca Rhea of Colby, Bill of Atwood and Roger and wife, Teresa of Atwood; a sister, Margie Vrbas of Atwood;16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian burial will be Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Atwood with the Revs. Damian Richards and Dana Clark officiating. Interment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Atwood.
Parish vigil and rosary will be today, 7:30 p.m., at Williams Funeral Home in Atwood. Visitation will be today, until 9 p.m., at the funeral home.
Memorials are being accepted in his name at the Rawlins County Historical Society-Museum.
Williams Funeral Home of Atwood is in charge of arrangements.