Vernon Dean Flegler, 83, Russell, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 24, 1931, in rural Russell County to Jacob Jr. and Hannah (Deines) Flegler. He attended local country schools.

He married Barbara Jean Copeland. He was a contract pumper in the oilfields of central Kansas for more than 50 years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving from 1951 to 1953.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, of the home; a son, Alan Flegler, Billings, Mont.; a daughter, Connie Golbek, Salina; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Rick Flegler, and a grandson.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, Russell; burial in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the Russell VFW honor guard.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, with family present to greet friends from 6 to 7 p.m. at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to Teen Challenge at New Life Center of Hays in care of the mortuary.