Anthony “Lyle” Toepfer

Anthony “Lyle” Toepfer, 92, Hays, died Friday, Feb.  19, 2021, at Hays Good Samaritan Society.

He was born Nov. 5, 1928, in Hays to William A. and Celestine F. (Kuhn) Toepfer.  In 1946, He was a 1946 graduate of St. Joseph Military Academy.  On June 16, 1948

He married Mary Alice Clark on June 16, 1968, in Hays, and they celebrated 65 years of marriage before she preceded him in death  Aug. 9, 2013.  He was an accountant and IT specialist at Midwest Energy for many years.  

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and  St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Hays Area Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, Hays  High Plains Barbershop, SPEBSQSA, and sang in the St. Joseph Church choir for 40 years.

He was an avid bowler, became an avid golfer after his retirement, and enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include five sons, Bill Toepfer and wife, Mary, Shawnee, Philip Toepfer and wife, Laurie,  Hays, Fr. John Toepfer, OFM Cap., Colorado Springs, Colo., Mark Toepfer and wife, Sandy, Columbia, Ill., and Patrick Toepfer and wife, Stacy, Hays; a daughter-in-law, Mary M. Toepfer, Hays; 20 grandchildren; 22 great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Tom Toepfer; a daughter, Kathleen C. Toepfer; five brothers, Irvin, Vernon, William Jr., Robert, and Larry Toepfer; and five sisters, Lillian Ward, Mildred Ruder, Laura Mae Dinges, Cecilia Bickle, and Janet Toepfer.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.  

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.

A vigil/rosary will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  

Memorials are suggested to The Capuchins in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at

Posted online on February 20, 2021