Arland J. Mapes, 83, Hesston, passed away on Dec. 29, 2013, at Asbury Park with Good Shepard Hospice in Newton.
Arland was born on Feb. 8, 1930, in Carlton to Norman B. and Leda Mapes. He attended Gardner High School. Following high school, he enlisted into the Armed Services. He also attended Fort Hays State for a year between his military enlistments.
Arland served in the Korean Conflict
Era, Vietnam Era and peace time. He served in both in the Army and the Navy, retiring as a W3 Warrant Officer with more than 20 years of total Federal Service, earning several service awards, including National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Honor Medal, Four Seas Bars and Army Commendations Medal, along with many others.
On Sept. 8, 1950, he married Beverly Jane Mapes. Jane blessed him with a son, Shan B. Mapes, on Nov. 15, 1954. Arland was dedicated to his family and friends and was known for his charming and witty personality with a touch of orneriness. He enjoyed animals of all kinds, with a great fondness of his dogs Gypsy, Sassy and Josie, which he often referred to as his "Three Amigos."
Arland has four grandchildren, Sierra Horn (Vince) of Hesston, Tionna Botterweck (Derek) of Newton, Shae B. Mapes (Crystal) and Jeremy J. Mapes (Krista) of Missouri; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman B. and Leda Mapes; his brothers, Keith Mapes and Glenn Mapes; his wife, Beverly Jane; and his son, Shan B. Mapes.
Visitation will be at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, from 3 to 9 p.m., with family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, with Chaplain Bill Eichelberger officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Caring Hands Humane Society in Newton.