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Donald P. Werth

February 2, 1933 ~ June 1, 2018 (age 85)

Donald P. Werth

Donald P. Werth, 85, Hays, died Friday, June 1, 2018 at Via Christi Village.

He was born February 2, 1933 on the family farm near Schoenchen, Kansas one of eleven children to Wendelin W. and Brigitta (Dinges) Werth.   On October 11, 1955 he was united in marriage to Charlotte A. Herl in Munjor, Kansas, a union that would span over 62 years.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a farmer, oil pumper, cattleman, and dairyman.  Memberships include St. Joseph Catholic Church, the third degree Knights of Columbus Council #4166 in Schoenchen, and the Hays VFW Post #9076.  He enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, fishing, walking and exercise, driving around and seeing friends and family, helping at harvest time, and was an avid Kansas City Royals fan.  He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife; Charlotte of the home, three sons; Ronald L. Werth and wife Mary Margaret of Hutchinson, Richard J. Werth and Janice Goff of Hays, and Randal C. Werth and wife Michelle of Hays, a daughter; Renee Michaud and husband Gerard of Hays, three brothers; Linus Werth of Victoria, LeRoy Werth, Sr. and wife Christa of Schoenchen, and Paul Werth and wife Donna of Great Bend, three sisters; Laura Klaus of Hays, Clarice Stoecklein of Ness City, and Dorothy Moeder and husband John of Hays, one sister-in-law; Martina Werth of Hays, seven grandchildren; Anne Werth, Phillip Werth, Ryan Werth and Shelly Werth, Jennifer Werth, Randi Gerstner and husband Derek, Monica Michaud and Hannah Michaud, eleven great grandchildren; Trexton Murphy, Kaycee Murphy, Keegan Copelan, Bryson Werth, Corbin Werth, Weston Werth, Maxwell Gerstner, Dalton Werth, Zoe Gerstner, Bentley Gerstner, and Atlas Werth, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother; Ralph Werth, Sr., and three sisters; LaVera Schuckman, Joyce Klaus, and Mary Catherine Barnes.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 215 W. 13th, Hays, with Fr. Fred Gatschet officiating.  Burial will follow with military honors by the Hays VFW Post #9076 Honor Guard in the St. Joseph Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 8:00 on Tuesday and from 9:30 am until 10:45 on Wednesday, all at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street.  A parish vigil service will be at 6:30 pm followed by a Knights of Columbus Council #4166 rosary at 7:00, both on Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas, St. Joseph Catholic Church, or for masses, in care of the funeral home.  Condolences for the family and memories of Donald may be shared with the family at

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