Clarence C. Milke, 88, La Crosse, formerly of Hays, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care.

He was born Jan. 15, 1928, in Gorham to Joseph and Caroline (Rohleder) Milke.

He married Vera Rose Jacobs on July 20, 1953, in Antonino. She preceded him in death Aug. 21, 2008. Early in their marriage, they owned and operated the Texaco truck stop in Plainville. You wouldn’t have met a man that worked harder. He was an oilman his entire life. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.

He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 6984.

He enjoyed his family, grandchildren, and the Catholic church.

Survivors include his son; Rod Milke and wife, Lori, Hays, a sister, Sister Gerry Milke, Concordia; seven grandchildren, Zachary, Joseph, Sarah, Benjamin and Matthew Milke, Emilie Eaton and Jessica Beaver; and five great-grandchildren; Beau, Presley, and Jordyn Eaton, Aria Milke, and Declan Scott.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son; Joe Milke; two sisters, Mildred Hoff and Delores Dechant; and a brother; Francis Milke.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 1 p.m. until time of service Friday, both at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.

A vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. with a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m. Thursday, both the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Rush County Hospital Long Term Care in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at