Bachelor's, Kansas State University
Master's, Pittsburg State University
1936 - 1941
Edwin G. Brychta, 94, Blue Rapids, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at the Blue Valley Nursing Home in Blue Rapids.
A graveside service was at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at Fairmont Cemetery, Blue Rapids. Participants were Phil Osborne and the Blue Rapids Rotary Club; Don Ubben, representing Blue Rapids Masonic Lodge 169 AF&AM; and Joe Warders and George-Bedford Post 169 of the American Legion with the military service.
Pallbearers were Don Kotapish, Jim Kotapish, Francis Wacek, Joe Luckeroth, David Stump and Eric Strader.
He was born July 6, 1909, at Irving, the son of Joseph and Katherine Smutny Brychta. He graduated from Irving High School in 1927 and received a bachelor's degree in education from Kansas State University in 1931.
He taught woodworking, mechanical drawing and social science briefly at Arlington High School in rural Reno County before working on a master's degree from Pittsburg State University. He taught high school in Osawatomie from 1936 to 1941.
In 1941, he applied for Federal Civil service and got a job teaching mechanics for the Army Air Corps at Chanute Field in Illinois and Shepherd Field, Texas.
He was drafted into the Air Transport Command at Chanute Field, Ill., for the duration of World War II.
He taught welding and blacksmithing at Kansas State for a year and in 1947 he began teaching woodworking, drafting and welding in Blue Rapids High School and continued teaching at Valley Heights High School until his retirement in 1974.
He was a member of the Blue Rapids Rotary Club, where he had 55 years of perfect attendance, the Blue Rapids Lodge 169 AF&AM and the George-Bedford Post 169 of the American Legion, Blue Rapids.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a half-sister, Mary Janowsky, in 1954 and two sisters, Agnes Petr in 1976 and Lillian Brychta in 1992.
Survivors include two cousins, Joan and Francis Wacek, Blue Rapids; two nieces Laurene Luckeroth, Marysville, and Dorothy Swearingen, Barnes.
Memorial contributions in his name may be sent in care of Terry Chapel and Funeral Home, P. O. Box 61, Waterville, KS 66548.
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