James J. “Jim” Thyfault, 86, Hays, died Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at Via Christi Village.


He was born Sept. 16, 1933 in Damar, to George and Irene (Thyfault) Thyfault. He was a 1951 graduate of Damar High School.


He married Marilyn M. Shook in Damar, and they celebrated 59 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on Sept. 21, 2016.


He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was an alfalfa farmer north of Damar. He was a member of the Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 6984, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Bishop Cunningham Assembly, where he served as faithful navigator, the Hays American Legion Post No. 173, Rooks County Fair Board, and District Deputy for Lions Club International. He enjoyed all sports and was a loyal supporter of the Hays Larks and Fort Hays State University sports, especially softball and baseball. He also enjoyed going to car races, playing cards, flower gardening, and woodworking. He took pride in making grandfather clocks for each of his children and mantel clocks for his grandchildren.


Survivors include two sons, Greg Thyfault, Topeka, and Daniel Thyfault and wife, Rhonda, Hill City; three daughters, Pamela Rudman and husband, Ron, Palco, Laurie Allen, Hays, and Angela Brand and husband, Olivier, Park City, Utah; a son-in-law, Ron Haselhorst and wife, Jo, Illinois; sixteen grandchildren, Rachel, Tara, Clayton (Mary), Chet (Sarah), Jacob (Becca) Dominic (Nikki), Patrick, Betsy, Jasmine (Tyler), Landon, Cody, Jessica (Tucker), Sarah, Andy, Jake, and Luc; seven great-grandchildren, Callie, Derrick, Jacob, Georgia, Lola, Gus, and Piper; four sisters, Pat Sis, Grand Junction, Colo., Mary Engel and husband, Ron, Norman, Okla., Trudy Deges, Damar, and Cathy Smee and husband, John, Stillwater, Okla.; a sister-in-law, Wanda Thummel and husband, Ralph, Hays; and numerous nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a daughter, Christel Haselhorst; three grandchildren, Andrew Rudman, Joshua Brand, and Michael Thyfault; a brother, Clarence Thyfault; two sisters, Louise Newell and Annette Rohr; and four brothers-in-law.


Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with Fr. Brian Lager officiating. Burial with military honors by the Hays VFW Post No. 9076 Honor Guard will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.


Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday, all at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. The Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. A vigil service will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by a combined Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus rosary, all on Sunday at the funeral home.


Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Chapel at Via Christi Village.


Condolences can be left at www.haysmemorial.com.