Joe Denoyer - August 3, 2018 4:41 pm
Vi Heckel, age 88, of Ulysses, Kansas, died Thursday, August 2, 2018, at her home in rural Grant County. She was born April 21, 1930, in Burlington, Kansas, the daughter of Harry Albert and Minnie (Kennard) Mattox.
Vi graduated from Cimarron High School. She married Leon F. Heckel on October 30, 1948. Vi helped around the farm and out at the barn. She fed the horses, pigs, cattle, and hauled hay. Vi enjoyed playing cards, and spending time with her family.
Vi is survived by her son, Greg Heckel and wife Robin of Ulysses; daughter, Dee Ann Heckel of Ulysses; sister, Alberta Land of Ochelata, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, Erin Fair and husband James, Tiffany Heckel, Alisha Owens and husband Alan, Elizabeth Mathes and husband Adam, Greggi Gardner and husband Cody, AJ Heckel and wife Denise, and Derek Heckel; 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Vi is preceded in death by her parents; husband Leon in 2011; daughter, Shari Lynn Davison; and two sisters, Doris and Nellie.
Graveside service will be Monday, August 6, 2018, at 10:00 AM at Silent Land Cemetery in Spearville, Kansas. No public calling hours. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Catherine Hospice in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS 67880. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.