Richard C. Flax, 79, Ellis, died Friday, March 6, 2020, at the Trego County-Lemke Long Term Care Center, WaKeeney.

He was born Dec. 20, 1940, in Hays to Carl and Bertha (Honas) Flax.

He married Charlene (Klaus) on Oct. 9, 1965, in Hays. He was a farmer and stockman as well as a water hauler in the oil fields and a dump truck driver hauling millings for highway construction. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Ellis.

He enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Ellis; three sons, Mark Flax and wife, Jackie, Ellis, Gary Flax and wife, Tricia, Russell, and Arlen Flax and wife, Rose, Ellis; and three grandchildren, Jarod Flax, Goodland, Braden Flax, Russell, and Emma Flax, Ellis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Norma Jean Flax.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Ellis; burial in St. Mary Cemetery with military honors.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. until time of service Tuesday, both at the church.

A combined parish vigil/rosary will be 7 p.m. Monday, both at the church.

Keithley Funeral Chapel, 400 E. 17th, Ellis, KS 67637, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to St. Mary School or St. Mary Church.

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