Eugene Leon "Gene" Rohleder, 68, Hays, died Sunday, March 25, 2018, at Ellis Good Samaritan Society. 

He was born July 7, 1949, in Hays to Francis R. "Frank" and Frances "Francie" (Herman) Rohleder.

He was well known, enjoyed people, family, babies, animals, and horsing around with family and friends.

He was an avid Kansas City Royals and Chiefs fan, enjoyed going to baseball games, spending time at Bethesda Place and was very active with the other men and staff while there. He enjoyed trips to the country to watch harvest and south of town to watch the buffalo herd, trips to the zoo, miniature golf, bowling, swimming at the old Massey Park Pool, McDonald’s, Dairy Queen and dancing at weddings and anniversaries.

He collected horse statues, cans for recycling and made trips to the local fire station to visit with the firefighters.

He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays.

Survivors include his mother, Hays; a brother, Pete Rohleder and wife, Terri, Hays; six sisters, Mary Kay Dechant and husband, Steven, Hutchinson, Chris McNiece and husband, Jim, and Joan Gray, all of Wichita, Conni Dreher and husband, Marion, and Gloria Rader and husband, Bob, all of Hays, and Dianna Mans and husband, Joe, Topeka; 13 nieces and nephews, Jason Dechant, Aaron Dechant, Sarah Osburn, Joshua McNiece, Jamie Gibson, Austin Gray, Jordon Gray, Scott Rader, Brian Rader, Nate Rohleder, Nicole Windholz, Kelli Mans, and Katie Mans; and numerous great-nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Rohleder on March 28, 2015.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 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 vigil/rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

Memorials are suggested to Bethesda Place in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.