Henry Pfannenstiel, 97, Hays, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at Hays Good Samaritan Society.
He was born Jan. 6, 1918, in Munjor to Martin and Catherine (Leiker) Pfannenstiel.
He married Eugenia Lucille Deorsam on Nov. 12, 1945, in Munjor. He was a machinist and shop foreman at S&W Supply for many years, was an antiques dealer, and owned and operated Jeanís Novelties. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was the first person drafted from Ellis County and was involved in numerous battles during the war. He was in the first landing on the beaches of Normandy in northern France, and was involved in the Battle of the Bulge, Rhineland and Central Europe.
He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and Hays American Legion Post No. 173.
He enjoyed buying and selling antiques, fishing, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Hays, three sons, Dennis T. Pfannenstiel and wife, Crystal, Port St. Lucie, Fla., Merle L. Pfannenstiel and wife, Romey, Garland, Texas, and Gary Pfannenstiel, Hays; five daughters, Audrey Herold and husband, Ron, Hays, Marsha Hupfer and husband, Dennis, Shawnee, Brenda Kroeger, Karen Gilmore and husband, Louie, and Pamela Allen, all of Hays; 14 grandchildren, Dennis Pfannenstiel, Sheri Lynn Strickland, Joey Pfannenstiel, Steven Pfannenstiel, Robbie Herold, Valerie Schupman, Shireen Herold, Laura Bean, Rachel Hupfer, Josh Delcamp, Megan Solomon, Jenna Kroeger, Kristen Gilmore,and Caitlin Allen; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alfred and Rupert; two sisters, Sophia Windholz and Philippa Pfannenstiel; four half-brothers, Frank, Casper, Nick, Boniface and Celestine; and two half-sisters, Pauline Rupp and Mary Karlin.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, with military honors by Hays American Legion Post No. 173 honor guard.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.
A vigil/rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church or Hospice of Hays Medical Center in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.