Ervin J. Viets, 82, of Saline County, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004, at Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Christ Lutheran Church in rural Sweet Springs. Rev. Douglas Dubisar will officiate. Music will be provided by soloist Beth Perkins and pianist Julie Lewis, and will include "Asleep in Jesus" and "In the Sweet By and By." Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Pallbearers will be Laverne Viets, Max Thomas, Harold Gieseke, Morris Hogan, Dale Hogan and Russell Zimmerman. Burial with military rites at graveside will be in Fairview Cemetery in Sweet Springs. Memorials are suggested to Christ Lutheran Church.
Born Nov. 18, 1921, in Saline County, he was the son of the late Peter J. Viets and Adel Steffens Viets. On Dec. 29, 1945, he married Jane Juanita Briggs, who preceded him in death June 19, 1985. He had lived in Saline County most of his life and was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in rural Sweet Springs. He had worked at MFA Hardware in Marshall for 35 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a lifetime member of American Legion Post 191 in Marshall.
Survivors include one son, Don Viets and his partner Kevin Blackery of Albuquerque, N.M.; one sister, Elverna Hogan of Sedalia; two grandchildren; Josh Viets and Lisa Evans and husband Steve; two great-grandchildren, Cail Dakota Evans and Caitlin Evans; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one sister, Frieda Bell.
Additional information provided per family recompense.