R. Allen “Monk” Ward

R. Allen "Monk" Ward

Hays - R. Allen "Monk" Ward, age 80, of Hays, passed away Thursday, June 17, 2021 at his home in Hays. Monk was born February 18, 1941 in South Gate, California, the son of Rex and Helen (Gunter) Ward. Monk graduated from Scandia High School in 1958. On April 15, 1967, he married DeeAnn Parsons in Logan, Kansas. To this union two children were born: Annie and A.J.

Monk worked road construction in his early career, followed by time in the oilfield and he owned and operated service stations in Scandia and Logan, Kansas. He served his country in the United States Army from October 1966 to October 1968, with one year of service in Vietnam.

Monk is survived by his wife of 54 years, a daughter, Annie Diederich of Topeka, a son, A.J.(Cathy) of Hays, two grandchildren, Mallory Diederich of Kansas City, MO and Mason Diederich of Topeka. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, MariAnna Hanson, his father-in-law, Johnnie Parsons and son-in-law, Randy Diederich.

Cremation was chosen and a private family graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made in care of Keithley Funeral Home, 2509 Vine St., Hays, KS 67601 for a designation to be determined.

Posted online on June 18, 2021