David E. "Dave" Dunn, 67, Hays, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, at Hays Medical Center.


He was born April 7, 1953, in Pueblo, Colo., to Wallace and Esther (Kisner) Dunn. When he was an infant his father died, and his mother then married George Benish who raised him as his son. He was a 1971 graduate of Thomas More Prep High School and attended St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City where he earned his bachelor’s degree in speech and drama.


He married Joan Giebler on Dec. 29, 1973, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and they celebrated nearly 47 years of marriage. He was a member of the Kansas National Guard, worked for the Hays Fire Department, and retired from the K-State Research and Extension Office where he was the computer technician for 42 counties.


His memberships included Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 6984, and the Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly. He was active throughout the community serving as cub master for Pack 131, Patrol Leader for Troop 101, chairman of the K of C Tootsie Roll Drive for many years, member of the Hays Public Library Board, president of the Hays Public Library Foundation, and on the advisory board for Catholic Charities.


He enjoyed dressing up as Sleepy the Clown for Special Olympics events, and enjoyed photography, which led to serving as a Kansas State Fair photography judge and hosting Photo Camp for the Extension Office.


Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Michael Dunn and wife, Mary, Smithville, Mo.; a daughter, Laura Dunn and significant other, Dustin Dechant, Hays; two brothers, Robert Dunn and wife, Kwi Rye, Gunsan, South Korea and Donald Benish, Oferle; a sister-in-law, Deanna Benish, Kinsley; four grandchildren, Treighton Dunn, Molly Dunn, Marshall Dunn, and Damien Dechant; and numerous nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Leonard and Leroy Benish.


Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.


Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from noon to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, all at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. The Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., a vigil will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by a combined Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus rosary, all Friday at the funeral home.


Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church or Cancer Council of Ellis County, in care of the funeral home.


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