Donald P. Werth, 85, Hays, died Friday, June 1, 2018 at Via Christi Village.
He was born Feb. 2, 1933, on the family farm near Schoenchen, one of 11 children, to Wendelin W. and Brigitta (Dinges) Werth. He married Charlotte A. Herl on Oct. 11, 1955, in Munjor. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a farmer, oil pumper, cattleman and dairyman. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 4166, Schoenchen, and Hays VFW Post No. 9076. He enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, fishing, walking and exercise, driving around and seeing friends and family, helping at harvest time, and was an avid Kansas City Royals fan. He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; three sons, Ronald L. Werth and wife, Mary Margaret, Hutchinson, Richard J. Werth and Janice Goff, and Randal C. Werth and wife, Michelle, all of Hays; a daughter, Renee Michaud and husband, Gerard, of Hays; three brothers, Linus Werth, Victoria, LeRoy Werth Sr. and wife, Christa, Schoenchen, and Paul Werth and wife, Donna, Great Bend; three sisters, Laura Klaus, Hays, Clarice Stoecklein, Ness City, and Dorothy Moeder and husband, John, Hays; a sister-in-law, Martina Werth, Hays; seven grandchildren, Anne Werth, Phillip Werth, Ryan Werth and Shelly Werth, Jennifer Werth, Randi Gerstner and husband, Derek, Monica Michaud and Hannah Michaud; 11 great-grandchildren, Trexton Murphy, Kaycee Murphy, Keegan Copelan, Bryson Werth, Corbin Werth, Weston Werth, Maxwell Gerstner, Dalton Werth, Zoe Gerstner, Bentley Gerstner and Atlas Werth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ralph Werth Sr.; and three sisters, LaVera Schuckman, Joyce Klaus and Mary Catherine Barnes.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Fred Gatschet officiating. Burial will follow with military honors by the Hays VFW Post No. 9076 Honor Guard in the St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 until 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, all at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine St.
A parish vigil service will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Knights of Columbus Council No. 4166 rosary at 7 p.m., both on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas, St. Joseph Catholic Church or for masses, in care of the funeral home. Condolences for the family and memories of Donald may be shared with the family at www.haysmemorial.com