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Myron Francis Gerstner

Published on -8/9/2014, 5:30 PM

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Myron Francis Gerstner, age 63, Hays, passed away Friday, August 8, 2014 at Hays Medical Center after a long battle with cancer. He was born May 21, 1951 in Hays, Kansas to Alfred J. and Alice L. (Staab) Gerstner. He married Ida Marie Galle on August 26, 1972.

Myron served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War from 1970 to 1974. He was an electronics specialist, a director of hospitality and operations for a chain of hotels and restaurants and a real estate agent. He also enjoyed renovating and managing rental properties throughout Hays. However, his favorite vocation was as a child care provider, enriching the lives of many through his dedication to caring for and respecting others. Myron was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and served as Quarter Master on the executive board of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9076.

Myron was proud to be raised and live on Pershing Court in Hays his entire life. He was devoted to his family as a son, a brother, a veteran, a husband, a father, an uncle, a grandfather and a friend.

Myron lived his life to love generously, care deeply, speak kindly and make others feel special. He wanted to ensure people understood the need to be kinder than necessary, for everyone is fighting some kind of battle and you never know when you could be in their shoes. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

He was proceeded in death by his father, Alfred.

Myron is survived by his mother, Alice, Hays; wife, Ida, of the home; son Brian and wife Janella Mildrexler, Loveland, Colorado; daughter Christy Dreiling and Tim Heinlein, Prairie Village; son Lance and wife Brina, Hays; grandchildren Elizabeth and Jacksen; a brother, Wayne and wife Sandie, Hays; nephew James and wife Renee, Leawood and niece Whitney, Hays.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 10, with a parish vigil at 7 p.m., and on Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 1:45, all at Hays Memorial Chapel, 1906 Pine Street. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, August 11 at St. Joseph's Church, 210 West 13th Street. Graveside services with military honors by the Hays VFW Post 9076 will immediately follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Myron Gerstner Memorial Fund benefiting veterans and those battling cancer in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.

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