Wayne Edward Windholz, 72, Victoria, died Saturday, April 11, 2020, at Russell Regional Hospital.
He was born Oct. 20, 1947, in Hays, to Edward and Virginia (Weigel) Windholz. He was a 1965 graduate of Gorham High School and attended Fort Hays State University and earned a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology in 1972.
He married Carolyn Ann Werth on June 8, 1970, in Schoenchen. He was an independent businessman and was involved in starting numerous small businesses in the Russell and Hays areas, including T&W Convenience Store, Showcase Jewelers, and 8th Street Autos. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam with the 27th Artillery Unit, reaching the rank of SP5.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, of the home; three sons, Jeffrey Windholz, Russell, Cory Windholz, Lawrence and Justin Windholz, Kansas City, Kan.; two daughters, Rachelle Windholz, Stillwater, Okla., and Jessica Phoenix, Lawrence; a brother, Kenny Windholz, Gorham; his stepfather, Raymond Herrman, a step-brother, Kevin Herrman ,Abilene; four stepsisters, Lois Koerner and Lynette Herrman, both of Lawrence, Chris Heit, Overland Park and Colleen Kasson, Liberty, Mo.; and eight grandchildren.
Due to restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, private gravesite services will be held. A memorial Mass and joyful celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to Gorham’s St. Mary Church, The Vietnam Veterans of America No. 939 and The Wayne Windholz Memorial Flag Fund, to provide continuous upkeep of the giant Community Flag which he installed at the intersection of US HWY 40 and 281 in 1990 in care of Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, Russell.