Dan Fiedler 1935-2021
Daniel Joseph Fiedler, 85, of Holton, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at Holton Community Hospital.
Dan was born Feb. 16, 1935, near Delia, the son of Martin J. and Margaret (Dilts) Fiedler and graduated from Mayetta High School in 1953. After high school he served in the National Guard of Holton from 1953 to 1960.
He met the beautiful Venita Kay Haag at the Holton Theatre. They were married on April 4, 1956, in St. Dominic Catholic Church at Holton. Together they built a house and home and raised six sons, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Celebrating nearly 65 years of marriage, she survives.
Dan and Venita operated DV Feed Services for several years in Holton. After that, he was a mechanic at several locations in Holton. He assisted Lloyd Daugherty on his farm and was a valued employee at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home. He was an Amsoil salesman until late in his life and spent much of his evenings assisting others with Health products and networking. He will be missed.
Dan dedicated his life to serving the community. As a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church, Dan would arrive many hours ahead of mass several times a week to prepare for the congregation. He lead the rosary, filled positions for mass as needed and stayed many hours after mass closing down. Dan served the church for more than four decades in every capacity through the course of numerous priests.
Dan was a Charter and Life member of the Holton Knights of Columbus Council No. 4219. He could always be found at the Community Dinners long before and long after serving hundreds of the community, sharing breakfast with other K of C members. Throughout Lent, he and Venita would travel the countryside to hit every fish fry they could find.
He served on the Mount Calvary Cemetery Board for many years. He and Francis DeVader spent many hours over the years keeping the cemetery in good shape. Dan was also a member of the Holton Volunteer Fire Department, a Jackson County Storm Spotter and an active member of the 16/75er’s Square Dance Club, where he would take Venita dancing late into the night. Dan was always willing to help when help was needed. He never met a stranger and enjoyed visiting with everyone.
Other survivors include sons, Michael J. Fiedler, Bradley A. Fiedler, Dennis J. Fiedler and wife Sherri, all of Brownsville, Pa., Gregory L. Fiedler of Topeka, Warren D. Fiedler and wife Rachel, Virginia Beach, Va., and Todd D. Fiedler and wife Jennifer of Pelican Rapids, Minn.; grandchildren, Matthew and wife Falisha, Adam, Amanda and husband Wyatt Thomas, Steven and wife Rachael, Christopher, Faith and Jackson; great-grandchildren, Paige, John, Isaac, Evelynn, Nayla and one on the way; brothers, David and wife Charlene of Holton, William and wife Virginia of St. Francis and Bernard and wife Marge of St. Marys; sisters-in-law Dixie Haag of Holton and Sue Wheeler and husband Wayne of Circleville; and brother-in-law, Allen Abel of Holton.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandson, Dallen Fiedler; a brother, Marcus Fiedler; a brother-in-law, Gale Haag; and a sister-in-law, Mickey Abel.
Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, Feb. 9 at St. Dominic Catholic Church. Burial with military and firefighter honors followed in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to St. Dominic Catholic Church or Holton High School Sports, and may be sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 1034, Holton, KS 66436. Online condolences may be made at chapeloaksfuneralhome.com