Willard R Zuehlke, 97, of Liberal, passed away on March 12, 2016 at the Wheatridge Care Park in Liberal, KS.  

He was born on July 11, 1918 to Grover and Zola (Rush) Zuehlke at Ness City, KS. 

He attended grade school and graduated from Ness City High School in 1939. He joined the US Navy in October 1939 from which he received an Honorable Discharge in July 1949.

On July 16, 1950 he married Ruby (Smith) Zuehlke at the First Baptist Church in Ness City, KS. Willard and Ruby moved to Ashland, KS in 1954 where he was employed with Northern Natural Gas Co, retiring in 1981. In 2004 Willard moved to Liberal after the passing of his wife. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Liberal.

Willard is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Ruby.

A viewing will be held 1:00pm – 8:00pm Wednesday March 16, 2016 at Miller Mortuary

Funeral Services will be 10:30 am Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Jason Ramsey, officiating. Burial will follow at 3:00 pm at the Ness City Cemetery in Ness City, KS.