Clifford James Werth
The angels called Clifford James Werth home on December 12, 2019. He was born in Schoenchen, Kansas on September 7, 1933 to Rudolph and Irene (Zimmerman) Werth. He resided at Via Christi with his wife Helen.
Clifford married the love of his life “the girl from Hays” Helen Frances Braun at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hays on October 6, 1952. They had 67 beautiful years of marriage and were blessed with six children: Robert Werth (Silvana), James Werth (Susan), Dick Werth (Kay), Dave Werth (Debbie), Tim Werth (Sandee) and Kay Gottschalk (Gene). Sixteen grandchildren: Aaron Gottschalk (Julie), Clint Gottschalk (Cristan), Brandon Werth (Amanda), Erica Bittel (Brett), Travis Werth, Holly Gottschalk, Amy Evans (Dave), Matt Werth (Jen), Shelly Werth, Cory Werth, Kelsey Bailey (Sam), Tyler Werth, Preston Werth (Macy Ziegler), Austin Werth (Adiba Matin), Collin Werth and Tanner Werth. Ten great-grandchildren: Eleanor and Frances Bittel, Sadie and Connor Werth, Bladyn and Bodhi Werth, Charles and Patrick Evans, Trinity Gottschalk, Emmett Bailey, and two step great-grandchildren, Lydia and Uriah Hoag.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Roger Werth and wife Carrie, and a sister Nancy Ingle.
Dad was our best friend, mentor, and champion. He left a legacy of how to work hard and make time for fun. In 1968 he opened Hays Car and Truck Alignment. After many successful years, he retired and began traveling. Fishing, having fun at his lake house with his best cousins for 22 years then spilled over to 20 plus years as winter snowbirds. Golfing and deep-sea fishing became his new winter sports. Visiting the casinos was also a favorite pastime. Many good times were also spent watching the KC Royals and the Jayhawks.
Most important was his faith in God and love of family. Clifford was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and the Knights of Columbus Third Degree Council #6984.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 8:00 on Wednesday, and from 9:00 am until 9:45 on Thursday, all at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. A Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 6:00 pm, a parish vigil service will be at 6:30, followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7:00, all on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials in memory of Cliff may be made to St. John’s Chapel at Via Christi or to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Building Fund. Condolences and memories of Cliff may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com
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