Howard Dennis Schmidt, 80, Hays, died Sunday, April 29, 2018, at his home.

He was born Dec. 8, 1937, in Hays to Albert A. and Wilhelmina (Kinderknecht) Schmidt. He was a 1956 graduate of Hays High School.

He married Patricia Ann “Patt” Brungardt on Aug. 29, 1960 and celebrated more than 45 years of marriage. She preceded him in death Dec. 30, 2005. From 1963 to 1998, he owned and operated Howard’s Service Center at the corner of Eighth and Vine. He was a Kansas National Guard veteran.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 11687 of Catharine.

He enjoyed watching sports and was a fan of the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs, KU basketball and the local high school teams. He enjoyed his dogs, kept track of the weather, praying often for rain, and his grandchildren and family.

Survivors include four sons, Dean Schmidt and wife, Teri, Atchison, Curtis Schmidt and wife, Debbie, Spring, Texas. Timothy Schmidt, Wichita, and Terrance Schmidt, Hays; a daughter, Amy Lou Drum and husband, Brett, Midland, Ga.; two brothers, Joe Schmidt, Catharine, and Bill Schmidt, Westminster, Colo.; two sisters, Carol Canfield, Fayetteville, Ark., and Gladys Jacob, Overland Park; 11 grandchildren, Melissa Enevoldsen and husband, Jeffrey, Austin Schmidt and wife, Rayna, Laura Friedberg and husband, David, Matthew Schmidt and wife, Alexandra, Katie Schmidt, Rachel Schmidt, Jacob Schmidt, Madison Drum, Joseph Schmidt, Avery Drum and John Michael Schmidt; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ralph and Rich Schmidt; six sisters, MaryAnn Stecklein, Alice Freitag, Jeanette Gottschalk, Zita Dreiling and Joyce Gonzalez; and an infant sister, Pauline.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.

A vigil will be at 6:30 p.m.Thursday, followed by a St. Catherine Council No. 11687 Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m., both at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of HaysMed or Thomas More Prep-Marian High School in care of the funeral home.

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