Paul Alfred Dechant
Paul Alfred Dechant, 85, Larned, formerly of Hays, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned.
He was born Feb. 7, 1927, in Ellis to Michael and Dora Fisher Dechant.
He was a retired farmer and fireman for the city of Hays.
He was of the Christian faith.
Survivors include five sons, Darrell Dechant and wife, Beth, Lake St. Louis, Mo., Michael "Mike" Dechant, Wichita, Gary Dechant and Paul Dechant Jr. and wife, Kim, all of Hays, and James "Jim" Dechant and wife, Brenda, Victoria; two daughters, Cynthia Goodrick and husband, Nathan, Pawnee Rock, and Deborah Wendell and husband, Randy, Edmond, Okla.; two sisters, Annie Arnold and Katie Urban, both of Hays; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Zacheus, Pete, Richard, Ralph and Henry; and a sister, Mary Dechant.
Private family inurnment will be at a later date; cremation has taken place.
Memorials are suggested to Larned Healthcare Center in care of Morell Funeral Home, P.O. Box 124, Larned, KS 67550.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.morellfuneralhomellc.com.