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Melvin Bruggeman

September 27, 2019

Melvin E. Bruggeman, age 80, of Hays, Kansas passed away Friday, September 27, 2019 at Via Christi Village, Hays. He was born August 19, 1939 in Norton, Kansas to Anton and Clara (Glennimeier) Bruggeman. On February 1, 1964 he married Karen (Jochems) in Dodge City, Kansas.

Mel was the CFO at Hadley Hospital and then worked at the Hays Orthopedic Clinic. He was a veteran of the US Army. He was a member of St. Nicholas of Myra Church, the American Legion, St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus council 6894 and had served as a board member on the Hadley Foundation. Mel enjoyed traveling to his grandchildren’s sporting events, Ladies Baylor basketball and his trips to an occasional casino.

He is survived by his wife, Karen of Hays; a son, Mark Bruggeman of Nevada, Missouri; two daughters, Rhonda Vessali of Houston, Texas and Brenda Cox and husband Dennis of Flower Mound, Texas; a brother, Darrel Bruggeman and wife Carlene of Selden, Kansas and seven grandchildren, Jerad Bruggeman and wife Sarah, Hannah Bruggeman, Katie Bruggeman, Lauren Cox, Whitney Cox, Kaylee Cox and Madison Cox.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Delores Custer.

Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church in Hays. Military Honors will follow the funeral service at the church courtesy of the Hays VFW Honor Guard. Inurnment will be 11 AM Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Selden Cemetery, Selden, Kansas.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (

Memorial visitation will be 5 PM - 8 PM Tuesday October 1, 2019 at Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601.

A combined parish vigil and rosary service will be at 7 PM.

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