Leo A. Walter, 86, Hays, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at Hays Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 22, 1931, in Catharine to Leo and Ida (Polifka) Walter.
He married Betty Leiker on Oct. 1, 1960, Hays. She preceded him in death Sept. 13, 2009. He later married Wanda Jean Maxwell on Aug. 27, 2011, in Hays. He was a farmer and had a dairy farm operation for more than 20 years on the family homesteaded farm at Catharine. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.
He was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church, St. Catherine Knights of Columbus Council No. 11687, both of Catharine, Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9076 and served two terms on the Hays Co-op Board.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; four daughters, Doris Smolik and husband, Gary, Hutchinson, Sharon Schmitt and husband, Scott, Great Bend, Brenda Bryant and husband, Tate, Hays, and Pam Montgomery and husband, Will, Catharine; two stepdaughters, Shelly Standridge, Plainville, and Jennifer Standridge, McCook, Neb.; a brother, Melvin R. Walters, Tulsa, Okla.; a sister-in-law, Sophia Walter, Victoria; eight grandchildren, Tyler Werth, Morgan Werth and Trevor Deets, Kacey Bryant, Josh Bryant, Ashley Visocsky and husband, Josh, Amanda Kruse and husband, Tyler, Laura Montgomery and Luke Montgomery; seven step-grandchildren including, Samantha Schmitt and Ryan Schmitt; two great-grandchildren, Melanie Kruse and June Visocsky; and three step-great-grandchildren including, Joshua Manning.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ralph Walter; three sisters, Bertha Pfeifer and husband, Willie, Edna Schumacher and husband, Richard, and Melvina Walters; and a sister-in-law, Ellen Walters.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Catherine Catholic Church; burial in St. Catherine Cemetery, with military honors by the Hays VFW Post No. 9076.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS, 67601, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
A vigil and St. Catherine Knights of Columbus rosary will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, both at the mortuary.
Memorials are suggested to St. Catherine Catholic Church in care of the mortuary.
Condolences can be left by guestbook at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.