Daniel Joseph Vierthaler, 57, died on Monday, October 16, 2017 at his home in Newton, Kansas.
Dan was born in Junction City, Kansas to Dennis N. and Jeanette (Kimminau) Vierthaler on February 7, 1960. He attended Holy Cross Catholic School in Hutchinson, Kansas, graduating from Buhler High School in 1978.
Dan married Charlene Koerner on January 8, 1983. Together they had two beautiful daughters, Anastasia Susanne (Stacie) Vierthaler in 1986 and Kristen Simone Vierthaler in 1989. They were later divorced.
After high school Dan started his life long career working with wood in lumber yards starting with Stucky Lumber Company in Hutchinson. He then worked at Crossroads Coop in North Newton, followed by Idaho Timber in Halstead, and Pluswood in Newton. His most recent employment was truss builder, then yard manager at Kropf Lumber of Hesston.
Dan enjoyed woodworking, building coffee tables, entertainment centers, and an arch that was made for Kristen and, her husband, Phillip’s wedding. Dan also belonged to a bowling league for many years at Play Mor Lanes with his brothers-in-law and most recently at EastGate Lanes.
When he was not working he liked to plan road trips with Stacie to go out to see Kristen, Phillip, and later, his beloved granddaughter, JoEllyn Delaine, in Protection, Kansas. Dan never took the same route there and back, enjoying the adventure and scenery while driving the country roads. He liked to look at maps and plan routes to various locations around Kansas just for fun. Dan was a relaxed, easy-going person. He could make anyone laugh with his jokes or storytelling. Dan had very recently taken a long vacation with his daughter, Stacie, and both of his parents to the east coast. Even though Dan was a private person, he was loved by many and will be missed greatly.
He is survived by his parents Dennis N. and Jeanette Vierthaler of Hutchinson, Kansas, daughters Stacie Vierthaler of Newton, Kristen (Vierthaler) and Phillip Sawyers of Protection, KS, and one precious granddaughter, JoEllyn Delaine, and his former wife Charlene Vierthaler. He is also survived by a sister, Sheila (Vierthaler) and Paul Strecker, sister-in-law, Patricia Vierthaler, brother in law Steve Koerner, brother and sister in law Joel and Debbie Koerner, brother and sister in law Shawn and Marie Ashcraft; and 8 nieces and nephews.
Dan was preceded in death by his older brother Timothy Vierthaler.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 22 where the family will greet friends and family from 4:00-6:00 that evening.
The Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 6:00 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, October 23rd at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Newton, KS.
Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.