Marvin N. Klaus, 88, Hays, died Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Via Christi Village Care Center, Hays.

He was born July 29, 1928, in Antonino to Nick and Philomena (Rohr) Klaus.

He married Mary Frances (Baier) on May 9, 1950, in Vincent. She preceded him in death Sept. 21, 2006. He was a farmer and worked over 35 years for Ellis County Road and Bridge Department.

He was a member of St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church and moved to Hays from the farm in 1990.

He enjoyed his farming and cattle, playing cards, spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Survivors include, three sons, Don Klaus and wife, Debbie, and Ernie Klaus and wife, Linette, all of Hays, and Jerry Klaus and wife, Wanda, Victoria; five daughters, Roseann Johnson and husband, Dave, and Linda Dinkel and husband, George, all of Mulvane, Mary Lou Martin and husband, Dr. Anthony, and Lois Searle and husband, Jeff, all of Wichita, and Bernice Hammerschmidt and husband, Mark, Hays; a brother, Eugene Klaus and wife, Irma, Mulvane; a sister, Wilma Braun, Hays; 22 grandchildren, Rebecca Schmidt, David Klaus and wife, Jen, Jenny Montgomery, Wendy Eckhart and husband, Kyle, Michael Johnson and wife, Monica, Randy Johnson and wife, Brittani, Troy Johnson and wife, Erin, Andrea Johnson, Stacey York and husband, Chris, Chris Klaus, Tyler Klaus and wife, Kayla, Julie Cott and husband, Tyler, Father Brian Dinkel, IVE, Sister Annunciation Michelle Dinkel, Jana Tubbs and husband, Robert, Kerri Berner and husband, Brian, Kendra Bailey and husband, Chuck, Jill Dinkel and husband, Danny, Ryan Hammerschmidt and Nicole Witt, Kyle Hammerschmidt and Amy Reiger, Matthew Searle and Brandon Searle and wife, Natalie; 29 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Klaus-Leiker and husband, Alex, and Laura Klaus, all of Hays; and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Robert Klaus, Norman Klaus and Edwin Klaus; two sisters, Edna Klaus and Mary Ellen Klaus; and a brother-in-law, Gerald Braun.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601 and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church or Thomas More Prep-Marian High School in care of the mortuary.

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