David F. Hertel, 64, Louisville, Colo., formerly of Hays, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, at Juniper Village in Louisville.
He was born Nov. 16, 1953, in Hays to Albinus F. “Al” and Lucy C. (Lietz) Hertel. He was a graduate a 1972 graduate of Thomas More Prep-Marian High School and received an associate’s degree from Fort Hays State University.
He married Virginia Stecklein on May 17 1974, in Munjor. They celebrated over 44 years of marriage. He was an oilfield roustabout and pumper and worked at Stecklein Oil Co. and Hertel Tank Service, a family business, and enjoyed cutting wheat and custom cutting.
He received the Hays All American Citizen Award in 1996. He taught first and seventh grade religion classes at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, and they sponsored couples through Engaged Encounters.
His memberships include St. Joseph Catholic Church and St. Joseph Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 1325.
His hobbies included woodworking, making functioning miniature pumping units, and he enjoyed to tinker and could fix anything. He was very patient, stuck with a project until it was complete and most of all he loved his family and they always came first.
Survivors include his wife, Arvada, Colo.; two daughters, Christina Hertel and partner, Stacy Kadota, Arvada, and Lisa Hertel and husband, Heath Ritchie, Westminster, Colo.; two brothers; Mike Hertel and wife, Lori and John Hertel and wife, Laura, all of Hays; a sister, Kathy and husband, Patrick Thrash, Eastvale, Calif.; two grandsons, Spencer and Caden Hertel-Kadota, Arvada; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be at 10 a.m. on his birthday, Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Francis Cemetery, Munjor.
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 Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, a vigil will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m., all at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School or Alzheimer’s Association, in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be left at www.haysmemorial.com.