Alfred "Fritz" Koerner, Jr.

Alfred "Fritz" Koerner, Jr., 84, Hays, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2020 at Via Christi Village, Hays.

He was born July 17, 1936, in Hays to Alfred Koerner, Sr., and Albina (Weigel) Koerner.  He graduated from St. Joseph Military Academy.  He married Marietta (Younger) on Nov. 18, 1957, in Hays. She preceded him in death.

He worked for P&B Packers with his father and then worked as a meat market manager for Dillons for many years.

He was an avid sports fan, especially the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas University, and the Kansas City Royals. He coached little league football, baseball, leading both to state championships.

He enjoyed his family and treasured the time spent with his grandchildren.  He enjoyed polka dancing and wedding dances.

Survivors include three daughters, Deborah Busch and husband, Kenneth, Lisa Leiker and husband, Virgil and Amy Linenberger and husband, Rick, all of Hays; two sisters, Daisy Ginther and husband, Glenn and Karen Welch, all of Russell; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Patty Hashenberger; two brothers, Ronnie Koerner and Gary Koerner, both of Hays; a brother, Steve Koerner Ozawkie; and a great-grandchild Autumn Brianna Whittaker.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays.

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Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with a vigil at 7 p.m. Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.

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Memorials are suggested to St. Thomas More Society in care of the funeral chapel.

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Published on December 08, 2020