Albert Junior Ree, 92, Schoenchen, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at his daughter’s home in Hays.

He was born March 19, 1927, in Ellis County to Albert Herman and Barbara Ann (Peters) Ree.

He married Rita Mae Dreiling on Sept. 17, 1946, in Plainville. They celebrated 48 years of marriage before she preceded him in death Oct. 5, 1994.

He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Holy Name Society, and St. Anthony church council.

He lived his entire life on the piece of land in southwest Ellis County where he was born. He was a farmer and rancher and enjoyed nothing more than working in the fields and tending to his cattle herd.

He was always up for a good joke, a laugh, and enjoyed telling stories. He enjoyed telling tall tales and teasing his grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and hosting groups of hunters on opening day of pheasant season for over 50 years.

Survivors include two sons, Albert L. Ree and wife, Lisa, Schoenchen, Gary Ree and Terri Nickolson, Smith Center; two daughters, Barbara White and husband, Joe, Kanopolis, and Sharen Feltis and husband, Gary, Hays; nine grandchildren; Carmen Rouse, Deanna Radke, Donell Aronson, Craig Werth, Denise Miller, Clifton Werth, Adrea Katzenmeier, Albert Taylor Ree, and Jessica Sutton; 14 great-grandchildren; five step-great- grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Alberta Wasinger; a great-granddaughter, Lyric Radke, and three step-great-grandsons, Derreck, Devon, and Dexter Urban.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Schoenchen; burial in St. Anthony Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p..m. Wednesday and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601. A rosary will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a vigil at 6:30 p.m., both at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to St. Anthony Cemetery Fund in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.