Bryan W. Bachkora, 88, Hays, died Friday, March 15, 2019, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Aug.18, 1930, in Hall County, Neb., to Charles and Lucy (McDonald) Bachkora.  He graduated from Ravenna High School and the University of Nebraska Kearney with a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in industrial education. 

He married Mary Jane Nelson on May 26, 1955, in Wood River, Neb. They celebrated over 63 years of marriage. He was an Engineman Third Class (EN3) in the U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean War. He was a professor at Fort Hays State University in the Industrial Technology Department from 1965 until retiring in 1992. From 1992 to 2011, he owned and operated Bachkora Builders doing home remodeling and offering unique and custom designs to his customers. 

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, U.S. Navy LST Association, U.S. Navy LSM Association, and involved with Engaged Encounter for 34 years and Marriage Encounter for 10 years. 

He was very artistic and creative, enjoyed painting, creating metal sculptures, and woodworking for his family and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, the home in Hays, three sons; Charlie Bachkora and wife, Patty, Olathe, Kevin Bachkora and wife, Laura, Lee Summit, Mo., and Tom Bachkora and wife, Carrie, Overland Park; two daughters, Mary Bachkora, Lee Summit, and Rose Schaffer and husband, Van , Lawrence; a sister, Nancy Ciemnoczowlowski, Wood River; a sister-in-law; Vera Bachkora, Kearney, Neb.; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Floyd Bachkora; and a brother-in-law, Joe Ciemnoczowlowski. 

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic, Hays burial will be at a later date in St. Mary Cemetery, Woodriver with military honors.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601. 

A combined vigil/rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

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

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