Lester A. “Booger” Witthuhn, 92, Hays, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, at Hays Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 24, 1926, in Bazine to Richard William and Amanda (Michel) Witthuhn. He grew up in Bazine and was a 1942 graduate of Bazine High School.
He married Betty, (Houser) in 1947, in Bazine. She preceded him in death March 8, 1979. He later married Elaine Elizabeth (Wnek)-Wilson on Feb. 20, 1981, in Oklahoma City. He was owner of Booger’s Bits since 1983 and was still working with his customers until his death. He was a salesman for Smith Tool Co. of Oklahoma City for over 40 years until he retired in 1983 and moved to Hays. He and his wife were co-owners with his brother and sister-in-law of Hen House Ceramics in Hays. He was a salesman for the Mountain Man Fruit and Nut Co. for about 10 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He lived in Oklahoma City and McCook, Neb.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9076, both of Hays.
He enjoyed bingo, Kansas City Royals, football and golfing.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; three sons, Lester “Butch” Witthuhn and wife, Mary, Hutchinson, Tim Wilson and wife, Wendi, Fort Myers, Fla., and David Wilson, Acworth, Ga.; four daughters, LuAnn Gore and husband, Steve, Palmyra, Pa., Louise Roy and husband, Randy, Abilene, Texas, Debbie Boehler and husband, Steve, Oklahoma City, and Jackie Fitz and Brian, Gibsonton, Fla.; three sisters-in-law, Doris Witthuhn, Hays, Pat Cmunt, Stickney, Ill., and Carolyn Houser, Newcastle, Okla.; 18 grandchildren, Jeff Haas, Chris Haas (Ursula), Blue Haas, Steve Gore Jr.(Kelly), Staci Albert (Jordan), Andrew Roy (Julissa), Adrian Roy, Dessiree Mundell (Chris), Daniel Witthuhn (Rebecca), Brayden Witthuhn, Matt Boehler (Jessica), Alexandra Wilson, Zachary Wilson (Shannon), Chris Wilson (Julie), Tim Wilson, Julia Bohlander (Austin), Casey Fitz and Hayley Goodwin; 21 great-grandchildren with one on the way; and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Patsy; and a brother, Bill.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in Bazine Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday, both at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601.
A scripture service and rosary will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.
Memorials are suggested to family or Masses 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.