Elmer Harley Heckert, age 95, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2015 at Greeley County Hospital in Tribune, Kansas. Elmer was born December 30, 1919 in Wakita, Oklahoma, the son of E.H. & Vera (Bishop) Heckert. A resident of Greeley County since 1931, moving from Harper County, Kansas, he was a 1937 graduate of Greeley County High School. Elmer proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War Two in the Eastern Theater of Operation and was engaged in the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, battles in Marthem, France, the German Campaign, Rhine River Crossing and the Battle of the Bulge. Following his service, he returned to Greeley County as a farmer and stockman.
Elmer was a member of the United Methodist Church, V.F.W. Post # 7521 of Tribune, Kansas and the American Legion in Garden City, Kansas.
On June 25, 1943 he and Dolene Buske were united in marriage at Anson, Texas.
Elmer’s surviving family includes-
Dolene Heckert- Tribune, Kansas
Three daughters and their husbands-
Joyce & Mike Hageman- Las Cruces, New Mexico
Sue & Stephen Shull- Ogallala, Nebraska
Jo & Steve Lobmeyer- Tribune, Kansas
One sister and her husband-
Helen & Dean Sloan- Farmington, Utah
Seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren
His parents, a half sister, Hattie Heckert, Two brothers, Eugene Heckert and Carl Heckert and a daughter, Gloria Penner precede him in death.
Funeral services will be held at a later date in Tribune, Kansas with burial in Greeley County Cemetery with military honors.
There will be no calling times.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Wounded Warriors in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home, PO 301, Tribune, Kansas 67879.
Condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at priceandsons.com