Valerian "Tiny" Hammerschmidt, 74, Hays, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at Wheatland Nursing Center, Russell.

He was born June 3, 1940, north of Catharine to Edward F. and Pauline (Braun) Hammerschmidt. He was a 1958 graduate of Victoria High School.

He worked for Ellis County Road and Bridge Department for 30 years as a heavy equipment operator and later retired as a foreman in 2000.

He was a member of the Basilica of St. Fidelis and moved to Hays in 1980. He was a meat cutter for a number of years at the Victoria Co-op Store and P&B Packers in Hays.

He enjoyed helping others, cooking, antique cars and tractors.

Survivors include four brothers, Verlin Hammerschmidt and wife, Glenda, Valery Hammerschmidt and wife, Linda, and Vernon Hammerschmidt, all of Victoria and Vinard Hammerschmidt and wife, Reneta, Mason, Tenn.; two sisters, Vivian Appelhans, Hoxie and Virginia Dinkel, Hays; and a special brother, Gary Walters, Hays.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Virgil Hammerschmidt; an infant sister, Vera Hammerschmidt; two brothers-in-law, Ralph Appelhans and Kenny Dinkel; a sister-in-law, Christie Hammerschmidt; and a nephew, Kurt Dinkel.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Basilica of St. Fidelis Victoria; burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, both at Cline's Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601.

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

Memorials are suggested to Basilica of St. Fidelis or American Diabetes Association, in care of the mortuary.

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