Sheldon Hochuli 1927-2017

Sheldon Hochuli 1927-2017

Sheldon Don Hochuli, 90, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at Medicalodges Jackson County in Holton.

Sheldon was born Feb. 13, 1927, in Holton, the son of Edwin and Helen (Boyles) Hochuli.

He was a lifelong resident of Holton. He graduated early from Holton High School in 1945 to join the United States Navy during World War II, serving on the USS Iowa for the duration of the war. Upon returning home he attended Kansas State University.

He married Mary Riley at the Presbyterian Church in Holton on Feb. 22, 1948.

Sheldon joined the Denison State Bank in 1966, retiring in 1989. Before joining the bank, he spent 13½ years with the post office in Holton and worked six previous years in the heating and plumbing business with Walter Bennett. He also worked for his father at the Hochuli Texaco Super Service Station and was employed for a short stint at Goodyear in Topeka.

As a lifelong resident of Holton, he held offices in the Holton Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Shriners, Holton VFW Post 1367and a lifetime member of American Legion Post 44. In his younger days, he was an active volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church. As an avid golfer, he was a longtime member of the Holton Country Club. Sheldon and Mary loved to travel and took many family vacations to Estes Park, Colo.

He leaves his wife of 69 years, Mary Elizabeth (Riley) Hochuli; his daughter, Cindy (Mike) Vanek of Peoria, Ill.; his son, Sheldon (Martha) Hochuli of Topeka; grandchildren Jeff, Kristen, Elizabeth, Matthew and Grace; great-grandchildren Jackson, Paisley, Ivan and Siena; and sister Velma Jean Miller of Topeka.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Sheldon will lie in state at the funeral home beginning Monday, Nov. 13. Private family burial will be held in Holton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Holton VFW Post 1367 or Holton American Legion Post 44, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit


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Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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