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Leo A. Walter

February 24, 2018

 Leo A. Walter, age 86, of Hays died Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kansas. He was born October 22, 1931, at Catharine, Kansas to Leo and Ida (Polifka) Walter.  He married Betty (Leiker) on October 1, 1960 at Hays, Kansas.  She preceded him in death on September 13, 2009.  He then married Wanda Jean (Maxwell) on August 27, 2011, at Hays, Kansas.

He was a farmer and had a dairy farm operation for over 20 years on the family homesteaded farm at Catharine, Kansas.  He was a veteran of the US Army and served during the Korean Conflict.  He was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church, St. Catherine Knights of Columbus Council #11687 both of Catharine, Kansas, a lifetime member of the Hays V.F.W. Post #9076 and served two terms on the Hays Co-op Board.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Jean Walter, of the home; four daughters, Doris Smolik and husband, Gary, Hutchinson, KS; Sharon Schmitt and husband Scott, Great Bend, KS; Brenda Bryant and husband, Tate, Hays, KS; Pam Montgomery and husband, Will, Catharine, KS; two step daughters, Shelly Standridge, Plainville, KS; Jennifer Standridge, McCook, NE; eight, grandchildren, Tyler Werth, Morgan Werth and Trevor Deets, Kacey Bryant, Josh Bryant, Ashley Visocsky (Josh), Amanda Kruse (Tyler), Laura Montgomery, Luke Montgomery; seven step-grandchildren including, Samantha Schmitt,  Ryan Schmitt; and two great grandchildren, Melanie Kruse and June Visocsky; three step-great grandchild including, Joshua Manning; one brother, Melvin R. Walters, Tulsa, OK; one sister-in-law, Sophia Walter, Victoria, KS.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Betty, one brother, Ralph Walter; three sisters, Bertha Pfeifer (Willie), Edna Schumacher (Richard), Melvina Walters, one sister-in-law, Ellen Walters. 

Services are 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at St. Catherine Catholic Church, Catharine, Kansas. Burial in St. Catherine Cemetery, Catharine, Kansas with military honors by the Hays V.F.W. Post #9076.

A vigil service and St. Catherine Knights of Columbus rosary will be at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas 67601.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays and from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, at St. Catherine Catholic Church, Catharine, Kansas.  The family suggest the memorial to St. Catherine Catholic Church.

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