Jerel "Jerry" A. Ubert, 71, Hays, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, at his home.
He was born Feb. 15, 1949, in Hays to Alphonse J. and Anna Marie "Emma" (Brungardt) Ubert. He was a graduate of St. Joseph Military Academy and Fort Hays State University.
He married Kathy Doughty on Aug. 20, 1976, in Stockton, and they celebrated 44 years of marriage. He worked at various positions upon his return from military duty, including Ellis County Deputy Treasurer, Hays State Bank, and James Motor Company. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving as a Senior Records Specialist handling Officers’ records while stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, serving on the church committee and was very involved in the community serving as President of the Hays City Softball Association, board member, President and Secretary/Treasurer of the Hays Bowling Association, and in 1999 was elected to the Hays Bowling Association Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Hays American Legion Post No. 173, serving as Post Adjutant and American Legion State Softball Chairman.
He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Hays since 1982, serving as Past Club President, Past Lt. Governor, Past Governor-Elect, and Past Governor of the Kansas District of Kiwanis. He received the James W. Putnam Award, George F. Hixson Award, Walter Zeller Award, Centennial Award, was a Legion of Honor Recipient, and in 2003 named District Kiwanian of the Year. In addition to serving on a number of club committees, he chaired numerous projects, including co-chairing the Kiwanis Flag Project. In 2003, he received the Hays All-American Citizen Award and in 2017, the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Award.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, Kevin Ubert and wife Kylie and Keith Ubert, all of Hays; a brother; Darrell Ubert and wife, Arlene, Wichita; a sister, Carol Koerner, Wichita; two granddaughters, Kynlie and Colbye Ubert; and seven nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9076 Honor Guard and Fort Riley Funeral Detail.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p..m. Thursday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.
A vigil/rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of HaysMed and the Kiwanis Club of Hays Flag Project in care of funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com