LaVerne “Jay” Weigel, 63, Hays, died Wednesday, January 15, 2020 surrounded by family at HaysMed following a selfless, long and hard-fought battle with cancer.

Jay was born July 2, 1956 in Hays the first of five children to LaVerne H. “Vern” and Viola “Olie”(Kreutzer) Weigel. In 1974 he graduated from Hays High School and attended Fort Hays State University. He worked for Gibson’s Department Store during high school and college and for the next 43 years, he worked at S&W Supply as the IT specialist, a career where he was treated like family. Jay was a member of the St. Nicholas of Myra Council #10044 Knights of Columbus and enjoyed helping plan his high school reunions. Jay was always willing to help others, and family always came first and was so very important to him. He was a movie buff, and proud to be known as a Trekkie, being a huge fan of everything Star Trek.

Jay is remembered with love by his three children; Brandon Weigel and wife Emily of Hays and granddaughter Blair, Alan Weigel of Hays, and Christina Weigel-Gao and husband Erik (Qi) of Hays, two brothers; Duane Weigel and wife Cindy of Hays, and Roger Weigel and wife Ramona of Hays, two sisters; Marla Weigel and Vaughn McMurtrie of Hays, and Coy Wasinger of Victoria, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vern and Olie.

A celebration of Jay’s life will be at 2:30 pm on Monday, January 20, 2020, at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until service time on Monday at the funeral home. Inurnment for close friends and family will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorials are suggested in Jay’s memory to Hospice of HaysMed or to the Dreiling Schmidt Cancer Institute at HaysMed. Condolences and memories of Jay may be shared with the family at