Francis DeVader 1930-2021
Francis Edward DeVader, 90, Holton, died Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Onaga Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born June 21, 1930, at Emmett, the son of Henry and Inez Hladky DeVader. He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve for four years, from 1951 to 1955.
Mr. DeVader worked at Goodyear in Topeka for 37 years. He was also a farmer and a stockman.
He was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Holton, Holton Knights of Columbus Council 4219, American Legion Post 44, Holton, and Holton VFW Memorial Post 1367. He also served as president of the Mount Calvary Cemetery Board at Holton for many years.
He married Edna F. Johnson on March 18, 1953, in Lincoln, Neb. She died Nov. 27, 1997.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dennis DeVader; a grandson, James Christopher Schmidt; three brothers, Raymond DeVader, Richard “Dick” DeVader and Roger DeVader; and two sons-in-law, Thomas Kelly and Daryl Heslop.
Survivors include five sons, Dan DeVader and wife Sharon, Holton, Henry F. DeVader and wife Marvene, Hoyt, Peter DeVader and wife Sandy, Holton, Douglas DeVader and wife Mary, Holton, and Martin DeVader and wife Dana, Mayetta; three daughters, Jan Heslop, Neosho Falls, Ingrid Kelly, Hawaii, and Lisa Gerhardt and husband Larry, Netawaka; a brother, Robert DeVader, in California; three sisters, Ramona Robinson and Renetta Moore, both of Mayetta, and Rosalie Boling, Hoyt; 29 grandchildren; and 48 great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 2 at St. Dominic Catholic Church. Burial will in follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Francis will lie in state from noon until 8 p.m. Monday and all day Tuesday at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton, where a rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by visitation until 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners, sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1034, Holton, KS 66436.