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Avitus F. Haverkamp

Wetmore, Kansas

11/19/1929 - 06/17/2019

Avitus Francis Haverkamp, 89, of Wetmore, passed away June 17, 2019, at Life Care Center in Seneca, surrounded by his loving family.

Avitus was born November 19, 1929, on the family farm in Kelly, Kansas, to George and Evelyn (Winkler) Haverkamp. He graduated from Kelly High School in 1947 and began farming with his father. He was a member of the Army National Guard from 1951-1952 and worked on a road crew in 1955. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church of Wetmore for 67 years.

 On September 8, 1951, he married the love of his life, Elda Mae Phillips at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Seneca, Kansas. They made their home on a farm just outside of Wetmore for 65 years, before Avitus entered the nursing home and Elda moved to Seneca to be near her beloved. Avitus and Elda celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2001 and their 65th anniversary in 2016. He had a great passion for farming; raising crops, cattle, hogs and a Holstein dairy. The fall harvest was his favorite part of farming. He was one of the most hard-working men who never knew a stranger. Avitus was particular with everything, and he and his wife took pride in maintaining a well-kept farm. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards and puzzles, and was the happiest when surrounded by his family.

 He leaves behind his wife, Elda Mae of Seneca; daughter’s Kathy (Jay) Wheeler, Wetmore; Lori (Bruce) Elliott, Lees Summit, MO; Gail (Jerry) Hermesch, Centralia and a son, Chris (Tracey) Haverkamp of Silver Lake. His legacy continues through 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He also leaves two brothers, Melvin (Carolyn) Haverkamp and George (Jolene) Haverkamp, both of Seneca and one sister, Georgina (Harlan) Holthaus, Baileyville.

 He was preceded in death by a son, Wayne Francis Haverkamp in 1981; son-in-law, Jay Orville Wheeler in 2009; granddaughter, Alyssa Marie Elliott in 2010; great-grandson, Peyton Michael Topping in 2014; and granddaughter, Amanda Rae Elliott in 2017. He was also preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Robert (Bob) Haverkamp and William (Bill) Haverkamp.

 Rosary will be prayed at Lauer Funeral Home, Seneca, Kansas, on Wednesday, June 19th at 7:00 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. James Catholic Church in Wetmore on Thursday, June 20th at 10:30 AM with burial following at the Wetmore Cemetery.

Memorials will be designated at a later date and may be sent in care of the family.


Rosary will be prayed at 7 P.M. at the Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 A.M. at the St. James Catholic Church in Wetmore on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

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  1. Susan Mencl on June 17, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. He was a great family man. Thinking of you. Blessings

  2. Kylie Darnell on June 17, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I grew to love Avitus so so much. I am truly heartbroken to hear about his passing. I absolutely loved taking care of Avitus at lifecare, I remember all the hugs, and I love you’s him and I shared. To Elda, Thank you for letting me have the opportunity to know Avitus. I love you two so much. I hope you find peace knowing he’s in a better place.

  3. Alice (Hermesch) Cornelison on June 17, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Avitus!

  4. Ed & Kim Bergman on June 18, 2019 at 5:33 am

    Our condolences to the family, thinking of you

  5. Melanie Phillips on June 18, 2019 at 8:40 am

    So very sorry,he sure was a good guy.we used to visit when Loras was in the Army,he & your mom always made us feel welcomed.he will be greatly missed.Love to All💕

  6. Vicki Huerter Tomlinson on June 18, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Elda and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Avitus will be missed by so many, he was a very special person. It was always so obvious how he truly loved his family.

  7. Loyola and Virgil Engelken on June 18, 2019 at 10:37 am

    You have our sympathy, Elda and family. You took such good care of him,you were always threre for him. Thinking of you and praying

  8. Janet Phillips on June 18, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Elda Mae, Kathy, Lori, Gail, Chris and families. I am so very sorry for your loss. I know that there will always be an empty spot in your heart but remember the good times and that will help the bad days go by. Love, hugs, thoughts and prayers.💕

  9. Sandy Feldkamp on June 18, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Our condolences to all the family. Uncle Avitus was such a loving and happy man. May he rest in peace.

  10. Willie Christian on June 18, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    My condolences to Avitus’s family, may God be there to support you in this your hour of sorrow.

  11. Danielle on June 19, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss! I’ve lost many whom I love, and I found a lot of comfort from the Bible. At 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 it tells us that God is “the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials.” He loves us and wants to help us in our time of need. I also find much comfort in Revelation 21:4 where it says,”He[God] will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and death will be no more!” Some other scriptures that you might find helpful are John 5:28,29, Acts 24:15, and Psalm 37:9-11. They truly comforted me during this difficult time, and I hope they will bring you comfort also!!

  12. Betty Fund on June 21, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    I remember lots of dances we all attended. My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone. Cherish all the good memories.

  13. Linda Boyd on June 23, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    My thought are with you all. What a blessed life he had.

  14. Lou on June 24, 2019 at 6:12 am

    I am deeply sorry for your loss of such a precious loved one. Please find comfort in knowing that you are not alone. The God of tender mercies knows your pain and provides comfort. ( Isaiah 41:10 ). He promises to soon put an end to our enemy death, ( 1 Corinthians 15:26 ) and we will then be able to enjoy the company of our love ones again in a paradise here on earth! ( Revelation 21: 3 & 4 ). My sincere condolences to the family.

  15. John R Boyd on June 25, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Sorry for your lost grandpa thought the world of him and I enjoyed the conversations I had with him. Remembering my grandpa in alot of them and grandpa enjoyed having him for a neighbor. Look to the Lord for comfort and He will see you through

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