Harold James Giebler, 90, Hays, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at Via Christi Village.
He was born Dec. 9, 1927, in Hays to Edmund and Anna (Staab) Giebler. He was a 1945 graduate of St. Joseph Military Academy and attended Fort Hays State College for two years.
He married Petronilla “Nellie” Leiker on June 20, 1953, in Hays. They celebrated more than 64 years of marriage. He was a mail carrier for many years with the U.S. Postal Service. After his retirement from the USPS, he was a bus driver and van driver for more than 10 years with Hays USD 489. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War and played with the 5th U.S. Army Band.
He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 1325 and the Hays American Legion. He was a cantor for many years at Immaculate Heart of Mary and a member of the church choir and Volga German Men’s Choir.
He was very active, true to his word, and known to be able to build or fix anything.
Survivors include his wife, of the home in Hays; a son; Andrew Giebler and wife, Tara, Andover; four daughters, Cecilia Burke and husband, Marty, Lawrence, Rose Coon and husband, Steve, Topeka, Teresa Schrant and husband, Larry, Hays, and Barbara Gonzales and husband, Mike, Wichita; two brothers, Norman Giebler, Hays, and Patrick Giebler and wife, Terri, Colby; a sister, Berniece Schumacher, St. Louis; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Stephen Giebler; a sister, Sybilla Schukman; and three brothers, Albert, Herbert and Edmund Giebler Jr.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by the Hays VFW Honor Guard.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.
A Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, a vigil at 6:30 p.m. and a Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 1325 rosary will be at 7 p.m., all at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church or Masses in care of the funeral home. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.