Virgil Lynn Hamm, 81, Hays, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at Via Christi Nursing Home, Hays.

He was born July 23, 1936, in Fort Scott.

He married Allura (Steely) Hamm on Aug. 15, 1954. He was an assistant manager at Otasco in Wichita before moving to Hays in 1963. He became the manager/owner of the Hays Otasco store (Coast to Coast, Hamm’s True Value) for nearly 50 years.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching the Kansas City Royals and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years; three daughters, Brenda Epperson and husband Scott, Owasso, Okla., Julia Kuntz and husband Andy, Hays, and Nikki Hamm, Enid, Okla.; three grandchildren, Heather Schmitz and Joshua Kuntz, Hays, and Garrett Epperson, Owasso, Okla.; and two great-grandchildren, Savannah and Elijah Schmitz, Hays.

Services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at North Oak Community Church, Hays; viewing and burial services be at 2 p.m. at Old Mission Funeral Home, 3424 E. 21st, Wichita.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church.