Louis J. Wiesner, 95, Hays, died Sunday, February 7, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society in Ellis, Kansas. He lived life to its fullest with a great love for his family, friends, and Catholic faith.
He was born March 8, 1920 in Hays the son of Anna Jacobs and Joseph M. Wiesner. He graduated from St. Joseph Military Academy and was employed by Coca-Cola Bottling Company for several years. He served in World War II as a cannoneer with the 88th Army Infantry Division. He married Catherine A. Wolf on October 7, 1940 in Hays. She died February 6, 2007. After his discharge, his Grandfather A.A. Wiesner offered him a position as the meat cutter in the family grocery store at 8th and Main in Hays. He enjoyed 40 years creating his own recipes for perfectly seasoned German sausage and raw hamburger. He always served the best cuts of meat to his many customers. When it was decided to close Wiesnerís Grocery Store, he took a position as the shoe salesman in Wiesnerís Dept. Store. He was a dedicated employee and after his retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, Catherine, gardening, and woodworking. He rarely missed watching the K.U. basketball team on television. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the third degree Knights of Columbus Council #1325, V.F.W. and American Legion.
Survivors include three children, Phillip Wiesner of Hays, Andrew and Dawn Wiesner of Arvada, CO, and Teresa and Glenn Brocker of Arvada, CO, four granddaughters, Amy Brocker of Wheat Ridge, CO, Wendy and Levi Alsobrook of Bullhead City, AZ, Dr. Valerie Wiesner and husband Dr. Alex Kravchenko of Cleveland, Ohio, Dustie Wiesner of Lakewood, CO, a great granddaughter Haley Alley of Bullhead City, AZ, a sister Anita OíNeil of Olney, MD, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, an infant son Louis, Jr., his parents, a daughter in law Cheryl Casey Wiesner, his siblings and their spouses, Charles Wiesner, Thomas (Lucy) Wiesner, Mildred (John) Howe, Rita (James) Dreiling, and two brothers in law Joseph Campitell and Paul OíNeil.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, 210 W. 13th, Hays. Burial with military honors by the Hays VFW Honor Guard will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 until 7:00 pm on Friday and from 9:00 am until 9:45 on Saturday, all at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street. A parish vigil service will be at 6:00 pm followed by a Knights of Columbus Council #1325 rosary, all on Friday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hospice of Hays Medical Center, or to TMP-Marian High School, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com. Louis will be remembered for his strong work ethic and unique sense of humor. All who knew him have been blessed with wonderful memories.