Paul J. Baier, 83, Hays, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 23, 1931, in Victoria to William M. and Adolphine (Dreiling) Baier Sr.

He married Lucy M. (Schippers) on Nov. 6, 1954, in Victoria. He was a farmer, dairyman and electrician. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served 16 months during the Korean conflict.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays, former member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Vincent, for 36 years and served on church committee, Veteran of Foreign Wars Post No. 1751 and Past Commander, Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree and 4th Degree Assembly, all of Victoria, a year as Grand Knight at Victoria, two years at Russell and two years as Faithful Navigator at Victoria.

He served four years on USD 432 Victoria School Board, the Herzogfest Board, and called Bingo for the Visual Impaired at Victoria and Hays. He served 13 years on Ellis County Fair Board and 11 years as Chairman; Ellis County Extension Board, Ellis County Farm Bureau Board; Ellis County Historical Board, 16 years on the Ellis County Rural Fire Advisory Board; three years on Ellis County Farm Service Agency; five years on the Ellis County Planning and Zoning Board.

Survivors include his wife, of 60 years, of the home; four daughters, Susan Legleiter and husband, Ron, and Jane Schumacher and husband, Brian, all of Hays, Mary Pfeifer and husband, Steve, Victoria, and Betty Johnson and husband, Marty, Lincoln, Neb.; two sisters, his twin, Armella Schippers, Olathe, and Alice Erickson and husband Ed, Arkansas City; a brother-in-law, Marvin Klaus, Hays; a sister-in-law, Blanche Baier-King, Dallas; 12 grandchildren, Jason Pfeifer and fiancé, Sarah Roach, Stephanie Harris and husband, Mike, Jill Pfannenstiel and husband, Clint, Dustin Schumacher and wife, Becky, Christina Cline, Jennifer Amrein and companion, Jeff McQuade, Derek Schumacher and wife, Vanessa, Jared Pfeifer and wife, Morgan, Kayla Merritt and companion, Jace Bausch, Blake Merritt and fiancé, Katelyn Kerkman, Dylan Schumacher and Nathan Merritt; four step-grandchildren, Renee Legleiter, Brent Legleiter, Amy Hellerich and husband, Jeff, and Amber Bronson and husband, Travis; 12 great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Elizabeth (Dreiling); a daughter, Amy Baier; a brother, William Baier Jr.; two sisters, Mary Frances Klaus and Martha Westhusin and husband, Leo; and a brother-in-law, John F. Schippers.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria; burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria with military honors by the Victoria V.F.W. Post No. 1751.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Cline’s Mortuary of Hays 1919 East 22nd, Hays, KS 67601 and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Basilica.

A Victoria Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a vigil at 7 p.m., followed by a VFW-Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th Degree rosary at 7:30 p.m., all at the mortuary. The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria V.F.W., or Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, in care of the mortuary.

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