Denis L. Hertel, 79, Great Bend, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at his home.

He was born June 30, 1938, in Salina to Philip A. and Lorraine (Miltonberger) Hertel.

He married Claudia Schulte on May 29, 1965, in Victoria. He worked in production and the news department for KCKT TV-2, Great Bend, for 21 years.

He was a U.S. National Guard veteran.

He was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council No. 862, both of Great Bend.

He was active in Boy Scouts and enjoyed woodworking, computers, playing the accordion and photography.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, Philip Hertel, Wichita, and Chris Hertel, Haysville; two brothers, Richard Hertel, Salina, and Don Hertel, Hays; three sisters, Patsy Staab and husband, Omar, and Dolores Myers, all of Hays, and Phyllis Mendes and husband, Raymond, Hugoton ; and a granddaughter, Jessica Hertel, Fort Worth, Texas.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Valerian Hertel; and a sister, Lolita Hertel.

Services were Friday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Great Bend; burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria.

Memorials are suggested to Prince of Peace Parish in care of Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend.

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