In loving Memory of
September 13, 1949 ~ February 11, 2021
William “Bill” Alan Ewertz was born on September 13, 1949 in Wichita Kansas, the second child of 5 to parents John Ewertz and Bertha (Mount) Ewertz.
Bill grew up in the Conway Springs, Kansas area until the family moved to the farm in rural Harper County in 1962. Bill began his 7th grade year at Plainview School shortly after the move. He attended Anthony High School where he played football, wrestled, and participated in weekend shenanigans with his friends before coming home and going to work in the dairy barn. After graduation, he attended Hutchinson Community College.
Growing up, his favorite things were playing Hide-and-Seek, Tag, attending family reunions, and celebrating the 4th of July. He was a 4-H’er and would show Dairy Cattle at the county fair. He spent many weekends dragging Main in Anthony and Douglas Street in Wichita with his friends; but he always made it to work whether at the farm or at his job. He and his friends owned all of the cool cars they wish they would have kept, his favorite being his Mustang Mach 1.
After working in Wichita for some time, he met Cathy Houston and they married December 31st, 1974. Shortly after marriage, Mark and Monica were born. Bill and Cathy moved to Garden Plain where they operated a dairy for a few years before moving the dairy back to the Harper County farm. Later, Melinda and Mary were born after the dairy operation ended. Bill continued to farm and raise market beef in his off time from hauling John Deere implements all around the surrounding area. He kept busy with his “4-H projects” helping his daughters with their show steers and pigs, and later helping his grandkids with their pigs and lambs. He also started attending the United Methodist Church of Anthony and became a member of the Church. He enjoyed participating in church events and baking cookies for them. He spent many evenings and weekends attending softball, t-ball, volleyball, basketball, and flag football games to watch his grandkids play. Without fail, he always had ice cream or some kind of treat for them when they came to visit.
In November 2015, Bill became a cardiac arrest survivor after being resuscitated by the staff at Anthony Medical Center. After months of recuperation and time at home, Bill was ready to be busy working again. He started driving for Irwin-Potter Drug in Anthony delivering medications to homes in Harper County. While he was rushing around doing his deliveries, he enjoyed his time and interaction with people, especially with his co- workers at Irwin-Potter. In June 2019, Bill was diagnosed with AML, a type of leukemia. He was sad to leave his friends and his job at Irwin-Potter while he went through his chemo treatments and was always ready to go back to work. He spent this last year on various projects at home including building a new privacy fence with his son-in-law Phil.
Bill had four children and three grandchildren, as well as numerous other kids along the way that he thought of as his own; he was everyone’s dad and grandpa. He enjoyed watching their school plays, athletic events, impromptu dance recitals after family dinners, and the many water fights, games of hide-and-seek, a good game of Pitch, and adventures on the farm riding three-wheelers and four-wheelers. While Bill was always one to put chores and duties first, he still wanted to have as much fun as possible. Bill never wanted to let anyone down or feeling disappointed, and his work ethic showed that. He was always one phone call away, or more recently a text message complete with emojis away, from saving you from a flat tire, a car that won’t start, or bringing your basketball uniform you left at home. If he couldn’t make it to help, he had a plethora of friends ready to help out in his place.
Bill passed away at home surrounded by his family on February 11th, 2021. He is preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie and Bertha, his older brother Larry, and his son Mark.
He is still very loved and missed by his wife Cathy; his daughters: Monica and husband Phil Holden, Melinda, and Mary; as well as his three grandchildren: Ella, Maia, and Liam Holden; his siblings: Glen Ewertz and wife Jeanine, Beth and husband Eric Eslinger, Judy and husband Bill Springer. He also leaves behind his “other kids” including his nephew Jim, Justin Stevens and wife Melanie, as well as many beloved cousins and friends of many years.
Bill always wanted to do more for people and asked that any monetary memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Shriners Hospital for Children. If you have the opportunity to donate any blood products, please do so to help the next person in need of these critical, lifesaving components. We could not have kept Bill here with us this long without the support of those blood and platelet donations. And remember, CPR saves lives.
Memorial Graveside Service and inurnment will be Saturday, February 27, at 2 p.m., at the Harper City Cemetery, Harper, Kansas.
Friends may sign Bill’s registry online at www.eldringhofffuneralhome.com, by clicking the Tribute Wall tab, also everyone may sign the registry at the funeral home, Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. till 4 p.m., daily, until the day of services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, in care of Eldringhoff Funeral Home, 115 S. Bluff Avenue, Anthony, Kansas 67003.
The Ewertz family has entrusted the care of Bill to the Eldringhoff Funeral Home of Anthony.
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