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1929 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Edward J. Bortko, 84 of Overland Park, KS passed away at home, Tuesday, October 22, 2013. A visitation will be held from 9 - 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 8311 W. 93rd St., Overland Park, KS, with the Funeral Mass following at 10 a.m. Entombment in Resurrection Mausoleum. Ed was born on May 15, 1929, in Kansas City, KS, the son of Peter and Josephine Bortko. He worked for large Corporations throughout his career: Retail Credit Co. (now Equifax), General Motors, Great Lakes Pipeline Co. (now Williams Bros.), Yellow Freight Co., Certainteed Products Co., Compac Services of Commerce Bank of KC, and retired in 1992 from the Board of Public Utilities, KCK, as Manager of Information Systems. For seven years he taught in evening divisions of Rockhurst College, American Institute of Banking and KU Extension. He graduated from Wyandotte High School, class of '47, Officer Candidate School of the Antiaircraft and Guided Missiles Branch of the Artillery School, Fort Bliss, Texas, in 1952. He received his BS in Business from Rockhurst in 1960, and his Master of Business Administration from UMKC in 1965. Ed was drafted into the Army in 1951 and was sent to Camp Cooke in California for basic training. He attended Leader's School in Camp Roberts, California. After receiving his commission as 2nd Lt. he served in Karlsruhe, Germany under Lt. Col. John L. Bates who had been Russian interpreter for President Roosevelt at the Teheran and Yalta Conferences. The Col. Promoted him to 1st Lieutenant. He was a Certified Systems Professional. His professional memberships included the Association of Systems Management (ASM) and Association for Computing Management and he served as President of the local Chapters. He received many awards from ASM, the highest being the national Distinguished Service Award. He was a member of the American Public Power Association and served as Chair of the Information Systems Committee. He was a sub-committee member of the American Water Works Association. Ed met the love of his life, Delores, on the raft at Quivira Lake. They were married in St. Joseph's Church in K.C., KS where they were members. They joined Holy Trinity Church in Lenexa when they moved to Overland Park and transferred to Holy Cross Church, Overland Park, when their two children graduated from grade school. Ed and Dee celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2005. His social memberships included the Victory Hills Country Club, the Terrace Club, Polish golfers league at Sunflower Hills, and Dubs Dread Seniors. In his youth he was an avid bowler and swimmer. He was a long time member of the YMCA's in Kansas City, Mo., K.C., KS, and Overland Park and he served on their advisory boards and fundraising events. He was active with the Optimist Club of Kansas City, KS and the Kansas District and served as Club President, most all of the District Committees as Chair, as Lt. Gov. and finally as Governor. He represented the Optimists on the Kansas Academic Decathlon for many years and served as their Secretary and Vice- President. He received the Christian D. Larsen Award from the Optimists in August, 2013. He was active with the Serra Club of K.C. in KS and served as a Vice-President for 3 years as well as being Chair of many events. Serra Club is a layman's organization which fosters vocations to the priesthood. He became a Serran Emeritus in August, 2013. After retirement, he became involved with AARP Tax-Aide which does taxes for the elderly. He served in most of the positions in the Johnson County District and became the District Coordinator. He then served as the State Coordinator for 6 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Stanley J. Bortko and his sister Bernice Bukaty. He is survived by his wife, Delores, son, John Bortko; daughter and son- in-law, Mary Jo and Pat Williams; grandchildren Megan Williams and Sam Williams; sister, Sophie Grebowiec; two sisters-in law, Helen Kelley and Barbara Kirk, a niece and eight nephews. (Condolences may be expressed at: www.porterfuneralhome.com Arrangements: Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS (913) 438-6444) P
Published in Kansas City Star on Oct. 24, 2013
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