Stan Maskus, 63, Hays, died Friday, June 23, 2017, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Dec. 11, 1953, in Dodge City to William and Irene (Weiss) Maskus. He graduated from Jetmore High School, attended Dodge City Community College, where he played baseball, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University.

He married Donna Bowman in 1975. He started his working career in Phillipsburg at Farmland Industries. They built their life in Hays and raised two boys, Mark and Matt. He began his dedicated career at Midland Marketing until his retirement, then took a position as the courier for Pawnee Valley Community Hospital and Saint Rose Health Center.

He enjoyed gardening, hunting with his son, operating a combine, playing baseball and softball, and World War II history.

He was actively involved in Ducks Unlimited and was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Mark and Matt; his mother; a brother, Bill; a sister, Shirley Jaeger; his in-laws, Herb and Kathy Bowman; four brothers-in-law, Jeff Jaeger, James Eberwein, Gregg Sexton and Mark Lessard; four sisters-in-law, Lana Maskus, Dee Eberwein, Shelly Sexton and Sharon Lessard; and numerous nephews, nieces, friends and co-workers. 

He was preceded in death by his father, William; and a sister, Kathy.

A celebration of life will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Messiah Lutheran Church; a private family inurnment will be at a later time.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.

Memorials are suggested to Hays Medical Center Foundation, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation or Ellis County 4-H in care of the funeral chapel.

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