William Edward “Ed” Froelich, 93, Hays, formerly of Walker, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at Via Christi Village, Hays.

He was born June 7, 1925, in McAllen, Texas, to Jonas and Sylvia (Cox) Froelich.

He was a medic in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was stationed in the Philippine Theater and near Guam. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal for wounds received during the war.

On April 22, 1947, he married Dolores A. Stroemel at St. Ann Catholic Church, Walker. They celebrated more than 63 years of marriage before she preceded him in death July 13, 2010.

He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Walker, the Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 2794, Gorham, and was a lifetime member of the VFW Post No. 6240, Russell.

He enjoyed playing pinochle and the game Aggravation, gardening and growing roses, and he was very charitable and giving. He loved to polka and square dance with his wife, and he possessed a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes.

Survivors include a daughter, Margie Hawk and husband, Duane, North Platte, Neb., a son, Van Froelich and wife, Darla, Walker; a brother, Morris Froelich Sr. and wife, Mary Ann, Gorham; a sister, Ina Bell Wilkerson, Dighton; a sister-in-law, Twila Froelich, Russell; two step-granddaughters, Cindy Halstead and Tiffany Sanford and fiancé Chad Hammerschmidt; five step-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and four brothers, Art, Albert, Donald and Elmer Froelich.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Ann Catholic Church with Fr. John Schmeidler officiating; inurnment will follow in the St. Ann Cemetery with military honors by the Hays and Russell VFW Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, and from 9 a.m. until service time on Friday at the church.

A vigil service will be at 6 p.m. followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary at 6:30 p.m., both on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Hays Med or to St. Ann Cemetery, Walker, in care of the funeral home. Condolences and memories can be left at www.haysmemorial.com.