Marvin Francis Pfannenstiel, 88, Hays, died Friday, July 19, 2019.
He was born Jan. 31, 1931 in Munjor, to Mike and Eva (Degenhardt) Pfannenstiel. He grew up in Munjor and Hays and was a 1949 graduate of St. Joseph Military Academy.
He married Jane Rae Tremblay on Oct. 22, 1955, in Damar and they celebrated over 64 years of marriage. He owned and operated the Dodge House Inn in Dodge City and started the Chuck Wagon Breakfast during Dodge City Days. He was a member of the Kansas National Guard, and in 1952 was drafted during the Korean War into the U.S. Army where he spent time in Okinawa, Japan with the military police.
He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays American Legion Post No. 173 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9076.
He enjoyed being the wagon master cook on many trail drives, fishing, fish fries, his team of horses, dancing with his wife and his greatest joy was his family.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, Dan Pfannenstiel (Connie Pfannenstiel), Norton, and Tim Pfannenstiel (Susie Pfannenstiel), Hays, three daughters, Cindy Guthrie and husband, Rick, and Carmen Kirchman and husband, David, all of Dodge City, and Lisa Donovan and husband, David, Norton; a brother, Frank Pfannenstiel and wife, Celie, Hays; a sister, Aggie Miller and husband, Jim, Hays; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, and two sisters.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church; burial in Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery in WaKeeney with military honors by Hays VFW Post No. 9076 Honor Guard.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.
A recitation of the rosary will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the family to establish a nursing scholarship in care of the funeral home. Condolences can be sent to www.haysmemorial.com.