Heter, Thomas Marion

Name: Heter, Thomas Marion
Burial Date: 1977, 01/07
Age at Death: 70
Plot Location: 164 E
Notes: h/Ardis Agnes(Zimmerman)

Thomas Marion Heter

Birth: Sep. 19, 1906
Death: Jan. 4, 1977
Reno County
Kansas, USA

Thomas Marion Heter married Ardis Agnes Zimmerman on 31 Dec 1937 in Sterling, Rice Co., KS.     He was buried 7 Jan 1977,Family links:
Ardis Agnes Zimmerman Heter (1915 – 1988) **Calculated relationship
Sterling Cemetery
Rice County
Kansas, USA
Plot: 164 E
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THOMAS MARION HETER October 21, 1973 Uncle Marion Heter, an architect by trade, was also a widely known artist, specializing in watercolors and in pen-and-ink drawings. As a young man he studied art at the Alice Brown studios in Sterling, and later with John F. Helm at Kansas State University. After his retirement in 1968 he devoted much of his time to his artistry. Several of his drawings were reproduced as 3″ x 5″ cards, including two mailed to Eleanor and shown below.  http://web.northnet.org/minstrel/kansas.07.htm

Sterling Bulletin Obituary, Thursday, January 6, 1977

Sterling watercolorist, architect dies at 70.

T. Marion Heter, widely-known Sterling architect and watercolorist, died early Tuesday afternoon at his home on North Seventh Street at the age of 70. Death was due to a heart attack.

Mr. Heter was writing at his desk when stricken. He was taken to the Rice County Hospital by ambulance but was pronounced dead on arrival. He had previously, suffered a severe heart attack two years ago.

A practicing architect for 40 years, Heter designed and supervised construction of many major public and commercial buildings over a wide area of central Kansas. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1930, he was a member of the American Institute of Architects as well as numerous art societies.

Starting out his professional career in the depths of the depression, his early work was confined largely to residential structures, including several i Sterling and Hutchinson. One of his early projects was the design and planning of Sterling Lake Park, completed in 1937 as a WPA project. The Gordon Zahradnik home on East Main, built for Dr. and Mrs. Roy Johnson, was one of his larger early homes.

During the war years, he was a civil service employee, designing military installations for the Army, Navy and Air Force at various U.S. Bases.

Following the war, he egan a long list of public and institutional projects that kept him continually busy until his retirement in 1969. His first major building after 1945 was the Kelsey Library and Administration Building at Sterling College. Shortly afterward, he designed the Sterling High School building and the Sterling Community Hospital building which was completed in 1952.  Then followed six major structures on the college campus: McCreery, Evans and Kilbourn dormitories, the Student Union, Thompson Hall of Science and Smisor Stadium.   Etc, See article.

Heter was born Sept 19, 1906 at Sterling and received his early education in local schools. He was graduated From K State in 1930. He established an architectural firm in Sterling, and in 1937 was married to Ardis Zimmerman of Sterling. Except for several years at military posts during WW2, they have made Sterling their home since their marriage.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, past member of Sterling Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce. For many years he served as an official at the Sterling Relays.

He is survived by his wife, Ardis, one son, Tom of Lompoc, CA; two daughters, Mrs. Jacque Galindez of Cerritos, CA and Mrs. Mary Myers of Duncanville, TX; a sister Mrs. Earl Dymond, Sterling; one brother Frank Heter of Sterling and six grandchildren.