Wendelin Schoendaller, 94, Hays, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at Hays Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 25, 1925, in Liebenthal to Andrew and Margaret (Pfeifer) Schoendaller. He graduated from Liebenthal High School.
He was a Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army, serving as a medic during World War II. He also served in Korea prior to the Korean War.
He married Linda Younger on June 24, 1947 in Hays, and they celebrated over 51 years of marriage before she preceded him in death Feb. 12, 1999. He worked for Maska Construction for 32 years, for Jack Curtis doing repair work on rental properties for 15 years, and continued to remain busy and was self-employed until he fully retired at the age of 89.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the St. Joseph Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 1325, the Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, and the Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9076. He was very proud and honored to be on the 2018 Kansas Honor Flight and place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
He devotedly prayed the rosary and enjoyed going to Hays Meal Site daily. He was a craftsman who enjoyed woodworking, making cedar chests for each of his granddaughters. He volunteered at the Community Assistance Center, St. Joseph Catholic Church as an usher and cleaning the church, and helped with K of C Bingo.
Survivors include three sons, Wendelin Schoendaller, Jr. and wife, Sharon, Walker, Leonard Schoendaller and wife, Joan, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Patrick Schoendaller and wife, Cindy, Salina;11 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Julius, Frank, Adam, and Wendelin Schoendaller; and three sisters, Felicita Schoendaller, Melesdin Groff, and Mary Younker.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by Hays VFW Post No. 9076 Honor Guard.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home,1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601. The Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
A vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, followed by a combined Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus rosary, all at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Knights of Columbus Council No. 1325 or Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to www.haysmemorial.com.