Milton E. Meier, 93, Hays, died Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Via Christi Village in Hays.
He was born Jan. 25, 1925, in Munjor to Henry A. and Clara (Pfannenstiel) Meier. In 1942, he graduated from Hays High School and later was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran, having served as an Airframe Mechanic from 1944 until 1946. He married Theresa M. “Terry” Weber on Oct. 7, 1946, in Ellis. They celebrated more than 65 years of marriage prior to her preceding him in death on April 12, 2012.
He was a farmer all of his life and also worked for the rural water district for several years. His greatest joys were his faith, family, farm and friends, and he willingly gave from the heart to those in need. He was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Antonino, Hays American Legion Post No. 173, and the Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 4166 of Schoenchen.
Survivors include three sons, Howard Meier and wife, Jane, Great Bend, Douglas Meier and wife, Virginia, Graham, Wash., and Steven Meier and wife, Carla, Hays; a daughter, Susan May and husband, TR, Hays; a brother, Ernie Meier, Hays; five sisters, his twin, Gladys Moore, Louise Staab and Rosie Schmidt, all of Hays, and Berdy Herrman and Leota Legleiter, both of Great Bend; 10 grandchildren, Patrick Meier and wife, Dianna, Christy Phlieger and husband, Cory, Amy Herrington and husband, Brett, Kelly Moeder and husband, Paul, Wendy Halvorsen and husband, Mike, Craig Meier and wife, Mandy, David Meier, Mark Meier and wife, Caroline, Trevor May and wife, Kristie, and Tara May; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Theresa, three brothers, Walter Meier, Robert Meier and Ralph Meier; and a sister, Tina Ross.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Antonino with Father Earl Befort officiating. Burial with military honors by the Hays VFW Post No. 9076 Honor Guard will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, all at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street. A parish vigil service will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m., both Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, TMP-Marian High School, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in care of the funeral home. Words of condolence and memories may be shared with his family at www.haysmemorial.com.