James E. "Jim" Giebler

James E. "Jim" Giebler, 85, died May 10, 2013, at home with family present in Hays, Kansas. He was born June 26, 1927, in Severin, Kansas, to James F. and Virginia (Koerner) Giebler. He married Theresa Marie Dinkel on September 4, 1950, in Emmeram, Kansas.

As a young man, he worked in the oilfields. He served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947. He retired from Permian Corp. in 1991. He loved restoring and rebuilding foreign cars, as well as mechanic work on all cars. His gift of music included playing the piano, organ, guitar, violin and accordion. He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Church Choir, the Men's German Choir, and also a cantor. Music was always an important part of his daily life. His music and his work was his prayer.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa of Hays, and their eight children: Sheila Neuburger and husband, Tom, Lawrence, KS; Pamela Diehl and husband, Stephen, Wichita, KS; Gregory Giebler and wife, Laura, Estherville, IA; Steven Giebler and wife, Debra, Great Bend, KS; Rebecca Deatherage and husband, David, Russell, KS; Deborah Fall and husband, Scott, Hays, KS; Carma Chrisler and husband, Chris, Hays, KS; James A. Giebler and wife, Stacy, Milford, OH; Two brothers: Kenneth Giebler and Vernon Giebler both of Hays, KS; Five sisters: Sylvia Stecklein, Pratt, KS; Ventura Weigel, Oklahoma City, OK; Ruth Carter, Jacksonville, FL; Alice Schneider, Victoria, KS; Mae Desch-Boos, Lafayette, CO; 25 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Joe Giebler; three sisters, Loretta Stecklein, Lorraine Dreiling and Jeannie Rupp.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Hays. Interment will follow services in St. Joseph Cemetery in Hays, with military Honors by Hays V.F.W. Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, all at Brock's North Hill Chapel, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.

A rosary service will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a parish vigil service at 6:30 p.m., all at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Building Fund. Condolences may be left by guestbook at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or emailed to keithley@ruraltel.net.