Leonard A. Englert, 89, Hays, died Friday, May 11, 2018, at his home.
He was born Dec. 26, 1928, in Spearville to Ignatius and Esther (Meyer) Englert.
He was a farmer, an electrician for Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America in Dumas, Texas, and he was an oilfield pumper in Ellis County after he moved to Hays.
He married (Lucille) Donna Pelle on June 24, 1952, in Stratton, Colo. and they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last year.
He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, the Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 6984 and the Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, nature, animals and wildlife, chocolate candy, and he cherished visits from his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Donna, of the home in Hays; two sons, David Englert and longtime girlfriend, Elk, Santa Fe, N.M., and Gary Englert and wife, Anita, Topeka; four daughters, Cecelia Gerstner and husband, Joe, Eagleville, Tenn., Cindy Romme and husband, Galen, Sonya Drees and husband, Mike, and Dana Kari, all of Hays; a sister, Imelda Braun and husband, Francis, Titusville, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Pat Englert, Hays; 18 grandchildren, Amber and husband, Anthony, Shelby, Jesse, Allia, Shilo, Logan, Paige and husband, Russell, Tony and wife, Jessica, Jenny and boyfriend, Joe, Grant, Chase, Samantha, Derek, Ashli, Vivian, Kaitlin, Haili and Antoni; nine great-grandchildren, Patrick, Alleigha, Tegan, Azaria, Lily, Liam, Harvey, Nash and Linkoln, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ann Heeke; and three brothers, John, Edward and Joe Englert.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1805 Vine, Hays, with Father Barry Brinkman officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, all at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine. A vigil service will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by a combined Third and Fourth degree Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m., all Tuesday at the funeral home. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Heart of Mary New Parish Hall Fund, in care of the funeral home.
Words of condolences and memories may be shared with his family at www.haysmemorial.com.