Paul Jacob Flax Sr.,84, Hays, died Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 22, 193, in Ransom to Frank I. and Catherine Flax. He was a 1951 Ellis High School graduate.

He married Dolores Ann Rupp on Sept. 7, 1957, in Ellis. She preceded him in death in September 2008. He lived in Ransom and then moved to Ellis. The family then moved to Hill City, where he lived for 55 years. In 2015, he moved to Hays. He worked in the oilfield for most of his life and was a driller for Abercrombie Oil Co. for more than 31 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1954 to 1956.

He enjoyed his family, nieces, nephews, camping and playing cards, playing accordion for Andy Anderson Dance Band and played monthly music with his accordion at various nursing homes in the area.

He was devoted in his Catholic faith and a member of Veteran of Foreign Wars Post No. 9139 in Ellis.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Kay Flax, Phillipsburg; two sons, Paul Jacob Flax Jr. and wife, Julie, Culver, and Bernard “Bernie” John Flax and wife, Teresa, Wichita; three brothers, Alfred Flax and wife, Ida, and George Weber and wife, Charlotte, all of Wichita, and Walter Hicks, Missouri; two sisters, Agnes Richmeier and husband, Edwin, and Dorothy Weber, both of WaKeeney; four grandchildren, Cody and Kylie Flax, Courtney Johnson and Brandy Clinton; two great-grandchildren, Trinity and Paisley Johnson; and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Clara Weber; twin sons, Gerald and Derald; a son, Gregory Flax; four sisters, Minnie Flax, Rosie Hicks, Albertina Fehrenbach and husband, Frank, Virginia Weber Robinette and husband Danny; an infant sister, Catherine Flax; and two brothers, Leonard Weber and Gilbert Flax and wife, Seraphine.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Ellis; burial in St. Mary Cemetery with military honors.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Keithley Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th St., Ellis, KS 67637 and from 9 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to St. Mary Cemetery Fund or Masses in care of the church.

Condolences can be left for the family at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or can be made via email at keithleyfuneralhomes@gmail.com.