Wayne Thomas Zimmerman, 84, Hays, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at Hays Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 15, 1933, in Schoenchen to Matt and Clara (Wolf) Zimmerman. He graduated from Schoenchen High School and Hutchinson Business College with a degree in bookkeeping.
He married Arlene Braun on Oct. 23, 1954, in Victoria and they celebrated more than 40 years of marriage. She preceded him in death July 12, 1995. He was co-owner of High Plains Trucking and later opened Wayne’s Auto Glass until his retirement. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.
He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus Third Degree Council No. 4166 of Schoenchen and the Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus.
He enjoyed demolition derbies, playing cards, traveling to casinos and spending time with his family. He was a grandfather and father figure to many and taught all of his grandchildren to drive.
Survivors include two sons, Tom Zimmerman and John Zimmerman, both of Hays; four daughters, Deb Geist, Sandy Haselhorst and husband, Gary, Stephanie Zimmerman and husband, Ron, and Brenda Zimmerman, all of Hays; three brothers, Dennis Zimmerman and wife, Becky, Hays, Sherman, Zimmerman, Shawnee, Steve Zimmerman and wife, Debbie, Topeka; two sisters, Elaine Schmidt and husband, Jerry and Marjorie Augustine, all of Hays; 20 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter,Theresa Zimmerman; a grandson, Chris Geist; two great-grandchildren, Xavier Schuler and Brixton Zimmerman; a brother; Gordon Zimmerman; and two sisters, Mary Ann Herl and Betty Leiker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays. Military honors will follow by the Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard. Private family burial will take place at a later date in the St. Joseph Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 10:45 a.m, Monday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.
The Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
A vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by a combined Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m., both at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Masses, Via Christi Village, or Hays Field Office of the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs, in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.