John F. Werth, 70, Hays, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in an aviation accident near his home in Schoenchen.

He was born May 6, 1949, in Hays to Alvin A. and Peggy (Banham) Werth. He was a 1967 graduate of St. Joseph Military Academy.

He married Charlene Pfannenstiel on Aug. 9, 1969, in Antonino. They celebrated 50 years of marriage. He owned and operated Werth Aerial Spraying.

He was a member of the Schoenchen Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 4166.

He enjoyed flying, fishing, boating, and barbecuing, family picnics and gatherings, his cousins, his dogs and spending time with his grandchildren, especially teaching them to shoot and fish.

Survivors include his wife, Hays; a son, Lance Werth and wife, Shonna, Johnson Lake, Neb.; a daughter, Lynne Boettcher and husband, Chris, Benton; a brother, Gary N. Werth and wife, Judy, Hays; six grandchildren, Andrea Werth, Lance Corporal Christopher Werth, Brittan Boettcher, Aidan Boettcher, Dylan Boettcher, and Addyson Boettcher; numerous cousins in the U.S. and England, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Schoenchen; burial in the church cemetery.

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

A vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to St. Anthony Cemetery Fund or family wishes.

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