Gary Joseph Younger, 29, Hays, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in a motor-vehicle accident near Ardmore, Okla.

He was born June 17, 1986, in Hays to Frank and Mary (Knehr) Younger. He was a 2004 graduate of Hays High School and earned both his bachelorís and masterís degrees in history from Fort Hays State University. He was pursuing his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. He spent the 2014-15 school year studying history in Korea.

He was a blessing and surprise for his parents and an incredible son who died with his mother.

Survivors include his father; and numerous extended family members and friends.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church.

A combined vigil/rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the church.

Brockís-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hays Public Library.

Condolences can be left for the family by guestbook at or emailed to