Keith G. “Skeeter” Gottschalk, 61, Hays, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at his home.

He was born Nov. 5, 1957, in Hays to Leroy and Rita (Hoffman) Gottschalk. He was a 1976 graduate of Thomas More Prep-Marian High School and attended Fort Hays State University.

He married Sandy Dreiling on May 7, 1983, in Victoria. They celebrated almost 36 years of marriage. He was a lifelong manager of Leroy’s Shamrock in Hays.

He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, St. Anthony’s Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No 4166, and the Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus.

He enjoyed yard work, gardening, travel and going on cruises, and was an avid Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas City Chiefs, and Kansas City Royals fan. He was proud of his two sons and enjoyed spending time with them as well as family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, of the home in Hays; two sons, Brandon Gottschalk, Overland Park, and girlfriend, Maci Knipp, and Dylan Gottschalk, Overland Park, and his girlfriend, Olivia Simpson; his parents, Hays; two brothers, Kevin Gottschalk and wife, Chris, Hays, and Kent Gottschalk and wife, Michelle, Wichita; a nephew, Keeton Gottschalk; and a niece, Kaylor Gottschalk.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law;, Hubert and Clemie Dreiling; and a nephew, Kaden Gottschalk.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Hays; private family burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.

A Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, parish vigil service will be at 7 p.m., followed by a combined third and fourth degree Knights of Columbus rosary, all at the funeral home. The Bishop Cunningham Fourth degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to TMP in care of the funeral home.

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