Richard L. “Rich” Shubert, 71, Hays, died Sunday, April 1, 2018, at his home in Hays.

He was born June 30, 1946, in Hays to Cecil and Arlene (Boyer) Shubert. He attended school in Plainville, then went on to receive his firefighting training.

He married Ruth A. Blagrave on Sept. 17, 1966, in Plainville. He was a firefighter with the Hays Fire Department for 30 years, beginning in 1972 until his retirement in 2002. He then enjoyed more than 13 years as Chief of the Ellis County Fire Department Rural District No. 2.

He was a member of the Firefighters Relief Association.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting firefighter memorabilia including patches from all over the world, riding ATVs, and volunteering at the Hays Fire Department Museum.

Survivors include his wife, of the home in Hays; a son, Robert Leon “Bob” Shubert and wife, Ashley, Hays, a daughter, Stacey Renee Graves and husband, Joseph, Cedar Hill, Texas; two sisters, Lois McGuire and husband, Jim, Longdale, Okla., and Barbara Leikam, Hays; eight grandchildren, Joshua, Alec, Zachary, Joey, Shannon, Abigail, Allison and Thomas; six great-grandchildren, AnnaSophia, Addysen, Amelia, Olivia, Tanner, and Leon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, William Herbert Shubert.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at North Oak Community Church, Hays; burial in Plainville Cemetery with honors by Hays Fire Department and Ellis County Fire Department.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601 from 9 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Hays Fire Department Museum in care of the Firefighters Relief Association, PO Box 85, Hays, KS 67601.

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