Kenneth A. "Ken" Giebler

Kenneth A. “Ken” Giebler, 91, Hays, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born May 28, 1929, near Severin, to James and Virginia (Koerner) Giebler.

He married Edna Urban on Aug. 11, 1972, in Hays. He owned and operated Giebler Electronics in Hays, was a Radio Engineer for KAYS and KRSL, and maintained and serviced towers for the radio stations and KAKE Television. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army stationed in occupied Japan during the Korean War.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 1325, the Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, the Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9076, and the Hays American Legion Post No. 173.

He sang for many years with the St. Mary’s Choir, the St. Joseph Parish Choir, the Volga German Men’s Choir, and enjoyed classical music and playing the piano. He enjoyed sports, was an avid Kansas City Royals and Chiefs fan, enjoyed woodworking in his shop, playing cards and spending time with family and children.

Survivors include his wife, of the home in Hays; a brother, Vernon Giebler and wife, Lori, Hays; two sisters, Ruth Carter, Jacksonville, Fla., and Mae Desch-Boos, Lafayette, Colo.; his extended family, the Mike and Christine Weber family, Hays; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Joseph and James Giebler; and six sisters, Loretta Stecklein, Sylvia Stecklein, Ventura Weigel, Alice Schneider, Lorraine Dreiling, and Jeannie Rupp.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by Hays VFW Post No. 9076 Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from 6 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.

A Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, a vigil will be at 7 p.m., followed by a combined Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus rosary, all at the funeral home. The Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, or Masses, in care of the funeral home.

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Posted online on October 22, 2020