William Pelzel, 99, Catharine, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Hays Good Samaritan Society.
He was born April 27, 1920, in Catharine to Leo and Sophia (Staab) Pelzel.
He married Albertine Windholz on May 19, 1941, in Emmeram. They were married over 56 years before she preceded him in death Dec. 14, 1997. He was a farmer and cattleman and also worked for Schwaller’s Lumber and did construction work. He previously worked in the oilfield and in the CC Camps.
He was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church and Eagles Lodge.
He enjoyed the farm, wheat, cattle and his dogs. He enjoyed driving and looking at the fields, playing cards, fishing, training his dogs, polka and waltz dancing, music, playing the harmonica, and socializing and visiting. He was everybody’s favorite uncle and appreciated his nephews, family, and friends helping him on the farm. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include three daughters, Clarita Dinkel and husband, Melvin, and Elsie Ewing and husband, L.D., all of Hays, and Karen Pelzel and fiance Ray Irvin, Ellis; a brother, Jim Pelzel and wife, Valeria, Wichita; seven grandchildren, Bill Dinkel, Chris Dinkel and wife, Kim, all of Hays, Dane Ewing, Kansas City, Kan., Cory Ewing, Holliann Stramel and fiance Trevor Calvin, Chase Stramel and Clint Irvin, all of Hays; four great-grandchildren, Katie Dinkel, Joslyn Dinkel, Lincoln Calvin and Briar Calvin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Billy Pelzel; a granddaughter, Angela Ewing; two brothers, Leo and Alphonse Pelzel; and seven sisters, Beatrice Haas, Alice Brungardt, Clara Hetzel, Irene Bollig, Edna Goetz, Marie Mermis and Frances Koester.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Catherine Catholic Church, Catharine; burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601/
A vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to St. Catherine Cemetery or Hospice of HaysMed in care of the funeral home. Condolences can be sent at www.haysmemorial.com