Stanley Joseph “Stan Jr.” Stramel, 46, Victoria, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 10, 1971, in Hays to Stanley and Patricia Ann (Hertel) Stramel. He grew up in Victoria and was a 1989 graduate of Victoria High School.

He worked for more than 20 years at Fort Hays State University as a mechanic for the motor pool. He worked at King of the Road in Russell, Schultz Homes in Plainville and Wellbrock’s repair in Victoria for a number of years.

He was a member of Liberty Foursquare Church, Hays, a graduate of Liberty Bible School and a member of their hospitality committee, and he traveled on a church mission trip to Mexico.

He enjoyed working on and restoring cars, fishing, hunting, gardening and spreading the word of the Lord. He attended a number of car shows and showed his 1959 “Biscayne” and he had just finished his 1949 “Rat Rod.”

Survivors include his parents, Pfeifer; a brother, Stephen Stramel, Victoria; two sisters, Stephanie Budig and husband, Art, Russell, and Sarah Stramel, Hays; a sister-in-law, Nikki Stramel, Victoria; seven nephews and nieces, Taylor Stramel, Lucas Stramel, Cydnee Stramel, Alyssa Budig, Morgan Budig, Jayden Stramel and Brexton Stramel; a great-nephew, Quinn Budig; his grandmother, Aletha (Leiker) Hertel, Hays; his aunts and uncles, Julian Stramel and wife, Gladys, Kansas City, Mo., Robert Stramel and wife, Phyllis, Victoria, MaryAnn Hagen and husband, George, Kansas City, Mo., Pete Braun and wife, Tina, Victoria, Robert Samenus and wife, JoAnn, and Pat Stramel, all of Kansas City, Kan., James Hertel and wife, Jean, Victoria, Larry Hertel, Hays, Theresa Truan and companion, Robert Dinkel, Munjor, and Rosie Redetzke and husband, Matt, Hays.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, I.A. and Mildred (Burgardt) Stramel and Elmer A. Hertel; an uncle, Arthur Stramel; and two aunts, Vera Braun and Sandra Samenus.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Liberty Foursquare Church, Hays; burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Pfiefer.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, 412 Main, Victoria, KS 67671, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

A celebration of his life service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to Liberty Foursquare Church, Hays.

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