Vernon K. Kisner

Vernon J. Kisner, 91, Hays, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born May 4, 1929, in Pfeifer to Adam and Cecilia (Jacobs) Kisner. He was a 1947 graduate of Schoenchen High School and attended Kansas State University for a year. He earned both a bachelor and master’s degree in mathematics from Fort Hays State University.

He married Virginia Dome on April 18, 1950, in Pfeifer and they celebrated 70 years of marriage. He taught math in Schoenchen, Jefferson West, and Hays High School. He was a farmer, automotive repairman in La Crosse, and a police officer for the City of Hays.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and St. Joseph Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 1325.

He enjoyed the world of mathematics, but especially teaching and helping his students learn. He enjoyed playing volleyball, raising eight wonderful children with his wife, watching his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, and following K-State athletics. He enjoyed life and farming and looked forward to harvest and driving the combine.

Survivors include his wife, Hays; four sons, Mark Kisner and wife, Judy, Sugarland, Texas, Terrence Kisner and wife, Anne Marie, Bellevue, Wash., Dale Kisner and wife, Karen, Victoria, and Craig Kisner and wife, Robyn, Hays, four daughters, Donna Bailey and husband, Berny, and Kimberly Moore and husband, Phil, all of Hays, Sandra Skipton and husband, Steve, Derby, and Anne Zimmerman and husband, Keith, Hays; four sisters, Melvina Sexton, Topeka, Mary Jane Kuhn, Victoria, Flora DeBacker, Topeka, and Vera Toyzan and husband, Mike, Albuquerque, N.M.; 22 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Delmar Kisner; four infant brothers; and two sisters, Bernice Cochran and Twila Grace.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Cross Shrine, Pfeifer; burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601 and from 9 a.m. until time of service at Holy Cross Shrine.

A vigil will be at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday followed by a Third Degree Knights of Columbus rosary, both at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Holy Cross Charities or Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at

Published on September 29, 2020