Reubin L. Hecht, who had been a resident of Comanche county since 1910, was found dead last Saturday evening when his son, John, of this city went to his home for a visit.
Mr. Hecht had been in about his usual health and had urged his wife to go to Colorado to meet some of her children who were unable to make the trip to Coldwater, so she was in Denver at the time of his passing.
Apparently Mr. Hecht had, following his custom, arisen early and had fixed his breakfast, then waited for the morning paper to be delivered. When he was found he was still sitting in his favorite chair with the paper nearby. It is thought that he was stricken by a heart attack as he dozed.
Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church in this city at 10 o'clock a.m. Tuesday, September 3, and were in charge of the pastor, Rev. Lyle H. Gilliham. Mrs. Frank Weber sang "Going Down the Valley" and "I Won't Have to Cross Jordan Alone," accompanied by Mrs. E. H. Gregg, organist.
The honorary pallbearers were Lee Finney, Cliff Smith, John Littell, John Shimer, Abe Robinson and Frank McMillen and the pallbearers were Rob Gilchrist, Carl McVey, Victor Willard, Paul Kropf, Forest Smith and Leo Nicholas. Interment was in Crown Hill cemetery.
Ruben Lewis Hecht, son of C. H. and Anna Hecht, was born July 6, 1894, at Seneca, Kans., and departed this life August 31, 1957, at his home. He was 63 years, 1 month and 25 days of age.
He grew to manhood in Smith county, Kansas, and moved with his parents to Comanche county in 1910.
He was united in marriage with Maude McMoran in May, 1914, to this union were born - one daughter and five sons - Jim Hecht and Ina Killillay of Denver, Colo.; Roy Hecht of Seattle, Wash.; and John Hecht of Coldwater, Kans. His wife, Maude and two sons, Lee and Glenn, preceded him in death.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Bernice; one daughter, three sons, five step-children, two sisters, Mrs. Amanda Simmonds, of Hill City, Kans., and Mrs. Sophia Wagner, of Clovis, New Mexico; five brothers, Dave Hecht, Sterling, Colo.; Richard Hecht, Herminston, Ore.; Marvin Hecht, Clovis , New Mexico; Ernest and Ollie Hecht, both of Coldwater, Kans.; 17 grandchildren, also a host of other relatives and friends.
Mr. Hecht worked as mechanic for the Auto Electric and Machine Shop in Coldwater for many years and during the past seven years when he had ill health he continued in his work to a lesser degree.
He was an honest and conscientious workman, an honorable and kindly man and was universally liked. His loved ones and his many friends regret his untimely death.
Conrad H. Hecht, father of Ruben Lewis Hecht.
Anna (Meyer) Hecht, mother of Ruben Lewis Hecht.
Sgt. Lee Harold Hecht, USAAF, KIA, March 24, 1945, son of Ruben Lewis Hecht.
Alvin H. Hecht, brother of Ruben Lewis Hecht.
Henry C. Hecht, brother of Ruben Lewis Hecht.
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