Ralph Gerard Thummel

Obituary

Ralph Gerard Thummel, 62, Hays, died Thursday,  March 4,  2021, at his home.  

He was born April 28, 1958, in Plainville to John and Ruth (Hoff) Thummel.  He was a 1976 graduate of Plainville High School, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music at Wichita State University and later earned a bachelor’s in accounting at Fort Hays State University.

He married Wanda (Deges)-Thyfault on June 5, 1987, in Hays.  He had a long career in accounting and highly enjoyed working for Sunflower Electric in Hays  over the last several years. He was a supremely talented musician who shared his talents with numerous people throughout Kansas by performing in weddings, funerals, church services and involvement in local musical groups.

He enjoyed gardening outside his home and St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church.  He enjoyed playing games and spending time with his numerous nieces and nephews and his grandsons.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; a stepson, John Thyfault, and wife, Jessica; a brother, Mark Thummel and wife, Melinda; four sisters, May Munk, Betty Striggow, Sister Mary Jo Thummel and Theresa Kriley; and two grandsons, Lincoln and Miles Thyfault.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jon Thummel; and three sisters, Vera Kruse; Rosie Hardman; and Grace Thummel.  

A private family funeral service will be held at St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, Hays; inurnment in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Plainville.

Memorials are suggested to St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church, “for the music ministries” in care of Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E.  22nd,  Hays, KS 67601.

Condolences can be sent via e-mail to clinesmortuary@eaglecom.net or can be left at guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com

Published on March 06, 2021