John Bernard Stramel, 74, Hays, died Sunday March 22, 2020, in Hays.

He was born July 28, 1945, in WaKeeney to Rudy and Matilda (Wessel) Stramel.

He married Linda Marie (Riggs) on May 30, 1969. He had worked as a millwright building feed mills and grain elevators. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968.

He said many times the country home he tended wasn’t his, it all belongs to the Lord, he was just tending it. Psalms 23 or John 14 were his favorite bible verses.

Survivors include his wife; a sister, Mary Stefan and husband, Delbert, Cimarron; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Cliff, Jim and Bill; and a nephew, Scott.

Cremation was chosen and his wishes were to have no services.

Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Hays, or The Shepherd’s Chapel, PO Box 416, Gravette, AR 72736-0416.

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