Ralph Paul Gottschalk, age 82, of Hays, Kansas passed away Thursday, August 1, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society, Hays. He was born February 14, 1937 on a small farm near Schoenchen, Kansas to George and Edith (Linenberger) Gottschalk.
Growing up on the farm with his brothers Leroy, Wayne, Robert and Roger life was simple and filled with hard work. For fun the family would play cards and listen to radio broadcasts. The family eventually relocated to Hays and Ralph volunteered for the United States Army serving for 2 years as a Corporal in a Medical Battalion during the Korean War. Shortly after returning to Hays he met his wife Sharon Wooldridge. They were married November the 11th 1961 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hays. Ralph and Sharon had 3 daughters Mary, Kim and Kelly. Ralph and the family eventually settled in Hays where Ralph worked diligently to become a successful business entrepreneur.
He is survived by his wife Sharon of Hays; his daughters, Kim Briney and Kelly Stiles of Hays; brothers, Leroy and wife Rita and Robert Gottschalk of Hays; grandchildren Nathan Briney of Wichita, Shara Briney, Derek Stiles and wife Mireya, Kaley Stiles all of Hays; his great grandchildren Emmie and Ensley Stiles all of Hays.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Edith; a daughter Mary; brothers Wayne and Roger; a son-in-law, Darin Stiles; a great grandson Eli Stiles as well as his nephew and godson Keith Gottschalk.
Funeral services will be 10 AM Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hays. Inurnment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery with military honors courtesy of the Hays VFW Honor guard.
Memorial visitation will be Tuesday 5 PM - 8 PM with a combined rosary and vigil service at 7 PM Wednesday visitation will be 9 AM - 9:30 AM all at Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hays VFW Honor Guard.
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