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Neyla M. "Lila" Kippes

January 25, 2018

Neyla M. “Lila” Kippes, age 83, died Thursday, January 25, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Society of Hays. She was born April 10,1934, on a farm near St. Peter, Kansas, to Adolph and Celestina “Sally” (Rome) Rohr.  She married Pius Wildeman on August 3,1953, at St. Peter Kansas.  He preceded her in death on October 7, 1966.  She then married Eugene “Gene” Kippes on August 19, 1983, at Hays, Kansas.

She worked as a sales clerk at Tempo and Mid-West Drugs in Hays for a number of years. Neyla grew up near St. Peter, Kansas and was a 1953 graduate of Quinter High School.  She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays, Kansas and a member of the Sunflower Polka Club.  She enjoyed reading, quilting, sewing, vegetable gardening, cooking, baking and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Eugene “Gene” Kippes, of the home; three sons, Paul Wildeman and wife Connie, Hays, KS; Michael Wildeman, Wichita, KS; Jim Wildeman and wife, Karla, Wichita, KS; two daughters, Amanda Cronn and husband, Harry, WaKeeney, KS; Donna Creel and husband, Greg, Sheridan, WY; one stepson, Ron Augustine and wife, Deb, Hays, KS; one step daughter-in-law, Tina Augustine, Neosho, MO; one brother, Tom Rohr and wife, Kathy, Blue Springs, MO; four sisters, Darlene Wynne, Oklahoma City, OK; Glorie Ann Geisel and husband, Jerry, New Wilmington, PA; Mary Lou Carothers and husband, John, Anthony, KS; Jolene Stinemetz and husband, Chad, Sacramento, CA ; one sister-in-law, Nancy Rohr, Littleton, CO; eight grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and 15 step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Pius Wildeman; one infant son, Mark Wildeman; one brother, Don Rohr; one sister, Dora Haughn; three brothers-in-law, Bob Wynne, Ray Fothergill, and Patrick Fahey; and one stepson, Larry Augustine.

Services are at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 18th & Vine, Hays, Kansas.  Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays, Kansas.

A vigil service is at 7:00 P.M. Monday, at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas 67601. Visitation is from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday and from 8:30 to 9:45 A.M. Tuesday all at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Kansas.

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