Leonard A. Englert
Leonard A. Englert, 89, Hays, died Friday, May 11, 2018 at his home.
He was born December 26, 1928 in Spearville, Kansas the son of Ignatius and Esther (Meyer) Englert. He was a farmer, an electrician for Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America in Dumas, Texas, and he was an oilfield pumper in Ellis County after he moved to Hays. On June 24, 1952 he was united in marriage to (Lucille) Donna Pelle in Stratton, Colorado and they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last year. He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, the Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council #6984, and the Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. Leonard enjoyed fishing, hunting, nature, animals and wildlife, chocolate candy, and he cherished visits from his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Donna, of the home in Hays, two sons; David Englert and longtime girlfriend Elk of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Gary Englert and wife Anita of Topeka, four daughters; Cecelia Gerstner and husband Joe of Eagleville, Tennessee, Cindy Romme and husband Galen, Sonya Drees and husband Mike, and Dana Kari, all of Hays, a sister; Imelda Braun and husband Francis of Titusville, FL, a sister-in-law; Pat Englert of Hays, eighteen grandchildren; Amber and husband Anthony, Shelby, Jesse, Allia, Shilo, Logan, Paige and husband Russell, Tony and wife Jessica, Jenny and boyfriend Joe, Grant, Chase, Samantha, Derek, Ashli, Vivian, Kaitlin, Haili, and Antoni, nine great grandchildren; Patrick, Alleigha, Tegan, Azaria, Lily, Liam, Harvey, Nash, and Linkoln, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister; Ann Heeke, and three brothers; John, Edward, and Joe Englert.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1805 Vine Street, Hays, with Fr. Barry Brinkman officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 8:00 on Tuesday and from 9:00 am until 9:45 on Wednesday, all at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street. A vigil service will be at 6:30 pm followed by a combined Third and Fourth degree Knights of Columbus rosary at 7:00, all on Tuesday at the funeral home. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 5:30 pm until 6:30 on Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested in Leonard’s memory to the Immaculate Heart of Mary New Parish Hall Fund, in care of the funeral home. Words of condolence and memories of Leonard may be shared with his family at www.haysmemorial.com