Adolph Degenhardt, 97, formerly of Hays, died Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at McCrite Health Center in Topeka.

He was born Nov. 20, 1921, in Pfeifer to John J. and Anna Marie “Emma” (Basgall) Degenhardt.

He married Elsie Wendling on Aug. 24, 1942, in Pfeifer. She preceded him in death March 21, 1951. He later married Florentine Meder-Urban on July 19, 1952, in Hays. She preceded him in death Aug. 29, 1971. He later married Alice Wudarczyk. She preceded him in death. He spent over 20 years with companion and dear friend, Lydia Sander before she preceded him in death. He was a welder, co-owner, and foreman for Hays Machine Works for 38 years. He served for three years in the Civilian Conservation Corps and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Anthony Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 4166, the Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and the Knights of Columbus in Topeka. He was hard-working, generous, devoted to his religion and his church, had a good sense of humor, enjoyed playing pinochle, polka dancing, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include two sons, Raymond Degenhardt and wife, Donna, and Col. (Ret) Ernest Degenhardt and wife, Tish; two daughters, JoAnn Degenhardt-Staley and husband, Lyle and Priscilla Degenhardt-Burke and husband, Bob; 11 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 12 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Sylvester, Victor, Walter, Dale, and John; two sisters, Regina Basgall and Alvina Bieker; a stepdaughter, Eileen Urban-Jacobs; and a grandson, Derek John Degenhardt.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church; burial in the St. Joseph Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 9 :45 a.m. Monday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.

A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary, both at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church in care of the funeral home.

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