Ronald J. Waldschmidt, 70, Russell, died Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Russell Regional Hospital.

He was born Nov. 1, 1945, in Hays to Rudolph and Agnes (Fisher) Waldschmidt.

He married Diana Marie (Rome) on May 14, 1966, in Victoria. She preceded him in death Dec. 13, 2015. He worked 10 years at the Russell Safeway Food Store as a produce manager and retired in 2005 after 30 years with the Russell County Highway Department.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Queen of Angels Catholic Church, was an honorary lifetime member of the 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus and has lived in Russell since 1967.

He enjoyed sports, polka dances, TV wrestling and in his earlier years, he enjoyed bowling and fishing.

Survivors include a daughter, Amy Jenkins and husband, Ron, Kansas City, Mo.; his father-in-law, Wilmer Rome, Hays; three brothers, John Waldschmidt and wife, Linda, Victoria, Charles Waldschmidt and wife, Verlene, and Peter Waldschmidt and wife, Sandy, all of Ellis; seven sisters, Connie Fink and husband, Ernie, Viola Fischer, Judy Herman and Jack Carver, Paula Befort and husband, Howard, and Debbie Herman and husband, Randy, all of Ellis, Phyllis Richards and husband, John, WaKeeney, and Deidria Dolny and husband, Bruce, Shawnee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard Waldschmidt; and his mother-in-law, Valeria Rome.

Services will be at 11 a.m. June 6 at St. Mary’s Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Russell; inurnment will be in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Walker.

Family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Ronald J. Waldschmidt Family.

Cline’s Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd, Hays, KS 67601, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent via e-mail to