Irvin Lee Werth, 76, Hays, died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2015, at his home.

He was born Jan. 11, 1939, in Schoenchen to Frank and Lidwina (Tauscher) Werth. He was a 1958 graduate of Schoenchen High School in 1958.

He married Darlene Marie Ruder on Nov. 14, 1959, in Victoria. He worked in a bakery for several years in Wichita. They returned to Schoenchen, and he began working for Hunter Construction Co. They started their own business, Smokey Hill Sand Co. Many years later, he was employed by Skillett & Sons and D & R Trucking. He later became an owner/operator of a semi and hauled a large variety of commodities to nearly every state in the U.S. From these trucking years, many stories were shared with family and friends.

During his retirement years, he worked for Ruder Farms, owned by his wife’s brother, Wayne Rude, and nephew, Justin Ruder. He also spent his retirement transporting vehicles to local auto dealerships. He enjoyed working on the Ruder farm as a hobby.

He was a member of St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church and St. Anthony Knights of Columbus Council No. 4166.

He enjoyed telling many stories of his childhood days, school days and childhood friends, trucking stories, and the good old days. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, woodworking and visiting with family and many friends. He enjoyed food and dancing.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Bruce Werth and wife, Debby, St. George; three daughters, Lu Ann Pfeifer and husband, Dave, Ellis, Karen Ochs and husband, Roger, North Platte, Neb.; and Kaylene Koerner, Hays; three brothers, Ernie Werth, Schoenchen, Glenn Richard Werth, Hays, and Norman Steve Werth, Lancaster, Calif.; five sisters, Laurine Werth, Hays, Lillian Graf, Chandler, Ariz., Mary Ann Rindt, Wichita, and Genavive Jenny Mendenhall and Cheryl Kay Thomas, both of Hays; 14 grandchildren, Galen Werth and wife, Abby, Kayla Malay and husband, Jason, Lynn Leiker and husband, Landon, Jamie Panek and husband, Nick, Courtney Krokey and husband, William, Dr. Jordan Ochs, Danielle Flinn and husband, Todd, Kierra Ochs, Megan Koerner, Jillessa Ochs, Brady Koerner, Chase Ochs, Derek Pfeifer and Chandler Koerner; 10 great-grandchildren, Madilynn Parsons, Gracie Werth, Logan Leiker, Carley Krokey, Jacob Leiker, Alyssa Krokey, Kenzie Flinn, Riley Leiker, Reagan Krokey and Oakley Panek; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant grandson, Joseph Lee Koerner; and three brothers, Francis Werth Jr., Fred Werth and Robert F. Werth.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Schoenchen; inurnment in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601, and from 9 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church.

A rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by a vigil at 7 p.m., both at the funeral chapel.

Memorials are suggested to Masses or designated wishes of the family in care of the funeral chapel.

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