Marcellus V. Schmidt, 97, Hays, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Wheatland Nursing Center, Russell.

He was born Jan. 26, 1917, in Catharine to Fred and Margaret (Dinkel) Schmidt.

He married Anne A. Karlin on May 21, 1940, in Catharine. She preceded him in death July 15, 1997. He later married Armella Riedel on July 3, 2000, in Catharine. He was a maintenance supervisor at St. Anthony Hospital for a total of 24 years, retiring in 1986, and also worked 29 years in O'Laughlin and Ben F. Dreiling Body Shops in Hays.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving at the end of World War II. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Council No. 1325, Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and American Legion.

He was an avid gardener, growing vegetables and flowers, and took pride in his lawn.

He enjoyed woodworking, traveling, square dancing and life.

Survivors include his wife, of the home, two sons, Francis F. Schmidt and wife, Miko, Mulvane, and Marcellus E. Schmidt and wife, Mary, Plainfield, Ind.; two daughters, JoAnn Braun and husband, Leroy, Victoria, and Benita Quimby and husband, Dean, Derby; two stepsons, Mark Riedel and wife, Shelly, Afghanistan, and Patrick Riedel and wife, Diana, Russell; a stepdaughter, Melissa Roberts and husband, Dan, Hays; four sisters, Anna Schmidt, Hays, Tina Likiardoupolis and Marge Schmidt, both of Wichita, and Frances Jane Jacobs and husband, Marvin, Minnesota; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Murphy; six brothers, Joe, Clarence, Alex, Fidelis, Hilary and John Schmidt; two sisters, Catherine (Kate) Quint and Mary Agnes Pelzel; and an infant sister, Agnes Schmidt.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in the church cemetery with military honors by Hays American Legion Post No. 173.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine.

A vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by a combined Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m., both at the funeral home. The Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the church in care of the funeral home.

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