Joseph P. "Joe" Werth

Joseph P. “Joe” Werth, 84, Hays, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, at Via Christi Village.

He was born Jan. 13, 1936, in Park to Robert and Theresa (Werth) Werth. He was a 1953 graduate of Park High School.

He married Agnes Kaiser on April 3, 1956, in Park and they celebrated 64 years of marriage. He was retired from motel sales and operation and enjoyed his farm ground, landscaping, and woodworking, making cribs and changing tables for his great grandchildren.

He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 6984, and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Bishop Cunningham Assembly.

Survivors include his wife, of the home in Hays; a son, Stephen Werth and wife, Mary, Paola; two daughters, Patricia Hafer and husband, Roger, League City, Texas and Jolene Werth, Overland Park; three brothers, Marcellus Werth and wife, Saundra and Marvin Werth, all of Wichita, and Jerry Werth, Aztec, N.M.; a sister, Irene Flax, Wright; a sister-in-law, Freida Werth, Wichita; six grandchildren, Lee Hafer, Justin Hafer, Tyler Werth and wife, Nicole, Natalie Thiessen and husband, Tyler, Andrew Werth, and William Werth; a step granddaughter, Jessica Blanc and husband. Jordan; eight great grandchildren, Laine, Meryl, and Everett Werth, Kade, Avery, and Henry Thiessen, Archer Werth, and Marleigh Hafer; and two step-great-grandchildren, Ember and Stella Blanc.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers,Cyril and Edwin Werth; three sisters, Genevieve Weis, Hermina Weis, and Herlinda Small; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Hafer.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.

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

The Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sunday a vigil will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by a combined Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus rosary, all at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Building Fund or Masses.

Condolences can be sent to the family at

Posted online on September 17, 2020