Robert J. "Bob" Pfannenstiel

Robert J. “Bob” Pfannenstiel, 73, Hays, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 30, 1946, in Hays to Edwin and Irene (Hammerschmidt) Pfannenstiel. He was a 1964 graduate of Hays High School.

He married Roseann Arnhold Rincon on April 21, 2001, in Hays. He worked at Travenol for many years and later worked at Home Steel Siding and Windows and Hess Services, Inc. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War as a flight engineer and helicopter mechanic. He attained the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and received two Air Medals.

He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9076 and Hays American Legion Post No. 173.

He enjoyed vegetable gardening and growing beautiful flowers including roses and sunflowers. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed pheasant hunting, fishing, boating and camping.

Survivors include his wife, of the home in Hays; a son, Rob Pfannenstiel and wife, Nicky, Plainville; a daughter, Shelley Scheck and husband, John, Hays; two stepdaughters, Bobbi Pfeifer and husband, Jay, Hays and Becky Staab, Arvada, Colo.; a brother, Freddie Pfannenstiel, Littleton, Colo.; five sisters, RoseAnn Beltch and husband, James, Lawrence, Judith Schomer, Topeka, Diane Pfannenstiel, Sachse, Texas, Shiela Houston and husband, Wayne, LeRoy, and Brenda Fisher and husband, Gerald, Hominy, Okla.; 11 grandchildren, Dalton Pfannenstiel, Kenzie Pfannenstiel, Jacob Pfannenstiel, Cody Scheck, Caitlyn Scheck, Daniel Staab, Justyn Staab, Morgan Staab, Mason Staab, Weston Pfeifer, and Janessa Pfeifer; a great-grandson, Uriah Pfannenstiel; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Kenneth Pfannenstiel; and a sister, Anita Fowler.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by Hays American Legion Post No. 173 Patriot Guard and the Hays VFW Post No. 9076 Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.

A vigil will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Disabled American Veterans in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at

Posted online on August 31, 2020