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Herb 'Dutch' Koerner

Published on -3/29/2013, 9:33 AM

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Herb "Dutch" Koerner, 79, Hays, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born July 17, 1933, in Hays to William and Clarita (Befort) Koerner. He was a 1952 graduate of St. Joseph Military Academy.

He married JoAnn Baker on Jan. 23, 1954, in Hays. He was the owner and operator of Koerner Greyhound Farm and Kennel. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving with the K-9 Corps from 1953 to 1955 in the state of Washington.

He was a member of St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Ellis County Historical Society and National Greyhound Association, of which he was a board member from 1982 to 2000 and president from 1990 to 2000. He was inducted into the Greyhound Hall of Fame in 2001 and was the first recipient of the National Greyhound Association lifetime achievement award in 2011.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sisters, Jean Karlin, Des Moines, Iowa, and Wilma Clark and husband, Al, Louisville, Ky.; a sister-in-law, Betty Bunker, Greeley, Colo.; longtime employee and special son, Grady William and wife, Tavia, Hays; special granddaughters, Sarah Gottschalk and Madalyn and Monique William; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Shirley Cummings.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, with military honors by Hays American Legion.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine.

A vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Cancer Council of Ellis County or TMP-Marian St. Thomas More Society in care of the funeral home.

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