Elmer F. VonFeldt, 90, Hays, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, at Hays Good Samaritan Society.
He was born Oct. 9, 1925, in Walker to Frank A. and Philomena (Bieker) VonFeldt. The family moved to the Ellis area in 1927 and then in 1938 to a farm on the east side of Hays on land that later became Saint Anthony’s Hospital, now Hays Medical Center.
He married Bertha “Bert” Hertel on June 1, 1948, in Hays. She preceded him in death. They lived in Denver for many years before returning to the family farm east of Hays in 1966. He played in polka bands almost all his life.
As a self-taught accordion player, he played with his brother, Frank in the Harmony Polka Dots, with his son Randy in the Elmer VonFeldt Polka Band, and later The Dutchmasters Polka Band. In later years, he enjoyed playing his keyboard for appreciative audiences at the Senior Center and at the Good Samaritan Society.
He was a member of St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, the Schoenchen Council Third Degree Knights of Columbus, and the Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include a son, Randy VonFeldt, and wife, Mary Jo, Russell; three daughters, Pam Combs and husband,Mike, LuAnn Augustine and husband, Daryl and Michelle Wiesner and husband, Henry, all of Hays; five sisters-in-law; Ida Gerstner, Wichita, Edna VonFeldt, Denver, Rita VonFeldt, McPherson, Stella VonFeldt, Denver, and Florence Hertel, Hays; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephew, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; eight brothers; Alvin, Robert, Linus, Andrew, Francis, Frank F., Marvin, and Francis; two sisters; Viola Wasinger and Doris Kuhn, and a grandson, Kevin VonFeldt.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Hays; burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday, both at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a parish vigil at 6:30 p.m. and a combined Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m., all at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Hays Medical Center or Hays Good Samaritan Society, in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.