Virgil J. Staab, 89, Hays, died Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at his home.


He was born March 5, 1931, in Catharine to John C. and Christina (Schmeidler) Staab. He attended school in Catharine and graduated from Hays High School.


He married Wilma T. Pfannenstiel on June 13, 1953, in Hays and they celebrated 51 years of marriage before she preceded him in death Jan. 3, 2005. He was a farmer. He served in the National Guard.


He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 1325, Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas Polled Hereford Association, American Agriculture Movement, American Hereford Association, Ellis County 4-H Fair board, Young Farmers, and an Ellis County 4-H Junior Leader sponsor.


He enjoyed working, traveling to cattle shows in various cities, going to church picnics, and attending county fairs to follow his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with their various 4-H projects.


Survivors include three sons, Tim Staab and wife, Gail, Brian Staab and wife, Tonya, and Tom Staab, all of Hays; three daughters, Linda Robben and husband, Norman, Walker, Lori Schmitt and husband, Doug, Tipton, and Lisa Crawford and husband, Ashley, Granite Falls, N.C.; a brother, Francis C. Staab, Hays; a sister, Mildred Pfannenstiel, Kansas City; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Kevin Staab; a great-grandson, Landry Robben; a brother, Benno F. Staab; and a sister, Mary Bell.


Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.


Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.


A vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m., both at the church. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Church in care of the funeral home.


Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com