George M. “Mike” Ferguson, 66, Hays, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, in Hays.

He was born Feb. 20, 1950, in Great Lakes, Ill., to Ormand Gates and Bonnie Jean (Cook) Ferguson.

He was a talented musician, he played several instruments and sang with various area bands. He taught music and was very active with the Hays Public Library, having served several years as a board member.

Survivors include his longtime companion and friend, Sandy Shupe, Hays; two sisters, Patricia Ferguson and Norman Strahm, Glenview, Ill., and Valerie Ewart and husband, Bruce, Broomfield, Colo.; four nieces, Yasmin Pave, Leila Pacifico, Rima Bencal and Katie Ewart; a nephew, Kody Ewart; 10 great-nephews; four great-nieces; and a great-great-nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Monday with family and friends present from 10:30 a.m. until time of service at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.

Memorials are suggested to the Hays Public Library in care of the funeral chapel.

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