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James M. Staab

October 14, 1952 ~ August 9, 2018 (age 65)
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James M. “Jim” Staab

James M. “Jim” Staab, 65, Hays, died Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. 

He was born October 14, 1952 in Hays the son of Frank and Mary (Weigel) Staab.  He graduated from St. Joseph Military Academy in 1970.  On June 26, 1987, he was united in marriage to Therese “Terry” Brungardt in Hays, and they celebrated 31 years of marriage.  Jim worked at S&W Supply as a Purchasing Agent for Warehouse, Inc. until retiring in May.  He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and the Catharine Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council #11687.  He was a K-State, KC Royals, and KC Chiefs fan, enjoyed tinkering in his shed and other woodworking projects, and telling big stories with neighbors.  He loved spending time with his family, playing a competitive game of pitch, telling his grandchildren stories of his high school years, and watching his grandsons play football and a granddaughter play volleyball. 

He is survived by his wife Terry of the home, two daughters; Patricia “Trish” Cook and husband Sedrick and Nicholle “Niki” Staab and Frank Lewis all of Olathe, a stepson; Cory Phlieger and wife Christy of Shawnee, a stepdaughter Patricia “Pat” Mares and husband Daniel of Norman, Oklahoma, and nine grandchildren; Kirk Meier, Alexis Staab, Kiley Phlieger, Marques Cook, Abigail Mares, Rikai Cook, Ty’juan Lewis, Rayquan Lewis, and Laronte Lewis; two brothers; Delbert Staab and wife Jeannie of Texas and Terrance “Terry” Staab and wife Jacque of Florida, a sister; Virginia Chada of Missouri, and a sister-in-law; Betty Staab of LaCrosse.  He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers; Verlin and Jerry Staab, a sister; Nadine Hopkins, two brothers-in-law; Hoppy Hopkins and John Chada, and a sister-in-law; Sonja Staab.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1805 Vine Street, Hays, with Fr. Barry Brinkman officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 8:00 on Sunday and 9:00 am until 9:45 on Monday, all at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street, Hays.  A vigil service will be at 6:30 pm followed by a St. Catharine Knights of Columbus rosary at 7:00 pm, all at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or The Cancer Council of Ellis County, in care of the funeral home.  Condolences and memories of Jim may be left for the family at

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