Marvin J. Werth, 94, Hays, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at Via Christi Village Assisted Living.
He was born Sept. 14, 1923, in Schoenchen to Aloysius and Johanna (Zimmerman) Werth. He attended Schoenchen High School. He later received his GED and went on to attend Salt Lake Business College in Hutchinson.
He married Dorothy Herrman on Aug. 24, 1948, in Liebenthal. They celebrated more than 69 years of marriage. He was a farmer and owner and operator of Marvin J. Werth Sand and Gravel. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving during World War II.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Hays American Legion, the Schoenchen Third Degree Knights of Columbus and the Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus.
He was a superb athlete, enjoyed sports and playing baseball, basketball and football. He also enjoyed fishing, polka dancing and square dancing.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; three sons, Darrell Werth and wife, Barbara, Terry Werth and wife, Arlene, and Joseph Werth, all of Hays; three stepsisters, Cora Schumacher, Hays, Julieta Randa, Schoenchen, and Darlene Bortz, Great Bend; six grandchildren, Christopher Werth and wife, Bethany, Overland Park, Ryan Werth and wife, Sara, Prairie Village, Jessica Werth, Kansas City, Mo., Jason Werth and wife, Courtney, Manhattan, Jennifer Bever and husband, Jesse, Atlanta, and Joshua Werth and wife, Emily, Fort Collins, Colo.; two step-grandchildren, Kyle Grandy and wife, Erika, Wichita, and Christopher Grandy and wife, Raleen, Hays; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepfather, George Munsch; and four step-sisters, Marietta Beyer, Viola Werth, LaVera Dinges, and Berniece Dechant.
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 Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 6 p.m. Friday, a vigil at 6:30 p.m., followed by a combined Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus rosary will be at 7 p.m., all at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Thomas More Prep-Marian High School in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.