Neyla M. “Lila” Kippes, 83, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society of Hays.

She was born April 10, 1934, near St. Peter to Adolph and Celestina “Sally” (Rome) Rohr. She grew up near St. Peter and was a 1953 graduate of Quinter High School.

She married Pius Wildeman on Aug. 3,1953, in St. Peter. He preceded her in death Oct. 7, 1966. She later married Eugene “Gene” Kippes on Aug. 19, 1983, in Hays. She was a sales clerk at Tempo and Midwest Drug in Hays for a number of years.

She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays and Sunflower Polka Club.

She enjoyed reading, quilting, sewing, vegetable gardening, cooking, baking and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, of the home; three sons, Paul Wildeman and wife, Connie, Hays, and Michael Wildeman and Jim Wildeman and wife, Karla, all of Wichita; two daughters, Amanda Cronn and husband, Harry, WaKeeney, and Donna Creel and husband, Greg, Sheridan, Wyo.; a step-son, Ron Augustine and wife, Deb, Hays; a step daughter-in-law, Tina Augustine, Neosho, Mo.; a brother, Tom Rohr and wife, Kathy, Blue Springs, Mo.; four sisters, Darlene Wynne, Oklahoma City, Glorie Ann Geisel and husband, Jerry, New Wilmington, Pa., Mary Lou Carothers and husband, John, Anthony and Jolene Stinemetz and husband, Chad, Sacramento, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Nancy Rohr, Littleton, Colo.; eight grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 15 step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Mark Wildeman; a brother, Don Rohr; a sister, Dora Haughn; three brothers-in-law, Bob Wynne, Ray Fothergill, and Patrick Fahey; and a step-son, Larry Augustine.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, both at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601.

A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Kansas in care of the mortuary.

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