Wayne O. Fager, 74, Hays, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at his home.

He was born May 3, 1940, in Hays to Merle S. and Elfrieda (Bisterfeldt) Fager. He grew up in Hays and Ellsworth and was a graduate of Ellsworth High School and Fort Hays State College.

He married Peggy L. Staab on Oct. 15, 1960, in Catharine. She preceded him in death July 20, 2013. He owned and operated the Wayne Fager American Family Insurance Agency in Hays for 23 years and retired in 2007. He also worked 10 years for Central Kansas Power/Midwest Energy in the business offices.

He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and was a former member of Hays Kiwanis Club.

He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, photography and the Old West history.

Survivors include three sons, Merle J. Fager and companion, Delilah Green, Victoria, Christopher A. Fager, Las Vegas, and David W. Fager, Hays; two sisters, Lois Applequist and husband, Leland, Falun, and Laurel Talley, Salina; five grandchildren, Cristin Velasquez, Brittany Neal, Shannon Fager, Jennifer Green and Sarah (Kyle) Doerfler; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Clara Dinkel and Shirley Scoby, both of Hays.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 8:30 the 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 at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to Fort Hays State University Endowment or Thomas More Prep-Marian High School in care of the mortuary.

Condolences can be send via email to clinesmortuary@eaglecom.net.