Ernest F. “Ernie” Wolf, 99, Hays, died Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at Via Christi Village Long Term Care.
He was born July 1, 1918, in Hays to Carl and Adelheid (Schmidt) Wolf. He was a 1939 graduate of St. Joseph Military Academy.
He married Venita VonLintel on May 15, 1944. She preceded him in death Jan. 29, 2017. He owned a Nash car dealership, a liquor store, worked at Midwest Tobacco and Candy, was a property manager, farmed for Don Pratt, and was a farmer and cattleman.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council No. 1325.
He enjoyed being on the tractor and checking on his cattle daily. He was an active investor who watched the stock market closely, and he enjoyed sports, watching the Kansas City Royals, Chiefs, St. Louis Cardinals and KU basketball.
Survivors include two sons, David Wolf and wife, Gloria, Windsor, Colo., and Karl Wolf, Hays; a daughter; Barbara Werth and husband, Darrell, Hays; five grandchildren, Ashley Hatfield and husband, Bob, and Angela Chaffin and husband, Matt, all of Dodge City, Christopher Werth and wife, Bethany, Overland Park, Ryan Werth and wife, Sara, Prairie Village, and Jessica Werth, Kansas City, Mo.; 10 great-grandchildren, Amanda Hatfield, Payson Hatfield, Kylie Collins, Maleia Chaffin, Cecelia Fisk, Mary Katherine Werth, Aidan Werth, Brooklyn Werth, Atley Werth and Bennett Werth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Ferdinand, Marcel, Clarence and Carl Wolf; and nine sisters, Marge Stenger, Victoria Wolf, Pauline Dechant, Josephine Rupp, Rose Dreiling, Mary Rupp, Clara Antle, Anna Rupp and Catherine Wiesner.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.
A vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by a Knights of Columbus Council No. 1325 rosary at 7 p.m., both at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Thomas More Prep-Marian High School or St. John’s Chapel at Via Christi Village, all in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.