Dean Elwin LeSage


Dean Elwin LeSage, 87, Hays, died Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Ellis Good Samaritan Center.

Dean Elwin LeSage, 87, Hays, died Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Ellis Good Samaritan Center.

He was born Jan. 26, 1927, in Alcona Township in Rooks County to Charley and Daisy Belle (Ochampaugh) LeSage. He grew up west of Stockton and was a 1944 graduate of Stockton High School.

He married Ida Mae Hamel on July 26, 1951, in Damar. He was a farmer, an owner/operator of Alcona Oil and moved to Hays in 1985. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II.

He was active on the state level of the ARC and with the Solomon Valley ARC. After his retirement, he was active in wagon trains and trail rides in Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado, along with his two specials horses, "Cochise and Satin." He was a lifetime member of the Monroe-Taylor-Barnes Veteran of Foreign Wars Post No. 8873 and American Legion, both of Stockton. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph Third Degree Knights of Columbus and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Bishop Cunningham Assembly, all of Hays.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; four sons, Mark LeSage and wife, Sue, Stockton, Alan LeSage and wife, Nyla, Hill City, Leon LeSage and wife, Michelle, Pretty Prairie, and Les LeSage and wife, Connie, Winchester, Va.; three daughters, Denise Goetz and husband, John, Wichita, Renee Oliphant and husband, Doug, Salina, and Deanna LeSage, Hays; two sisters, Nola Odle and husband, Darrel, and Zola Tolman and husband, Bud, all of Overland Park; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Vyrl LeSage and wife, Charlotte.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Kansas Veterans Cemetery, WaKeeney, with military honors by the Stockton VFW Post No. 8873.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with family present from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday, both at Cline's Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601.

A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus rosary at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, both at the mortuary. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 P.M. Wednesday at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to Solomon Valley ARC in care of the mortuary.

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