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Reza Marefat

August 30, 1938 ~ August 18, 2019 (age 80)


Reza “Ray” Marefat, age 80, of Hays, Kansas passed away on Sunday August 18, 2019 in Hays.  Ray was born on August 30, 1938 in Saveh, Iran.

Ray came to the United States in 1960 for work and school.  He attended Highland Community College in Coffeyville and Pittsburg, KS.  He graduated with a BS in Math from FHSU in 1969, then continued on to the University of Oklahoma for a BS in Chemical Engineering followed by a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Ohio State – Columbus.

He returned to Iran in 1973 to work for the National Oil Company of Iran until the revolution of 1979.  Upon returning to the United States in 1986 he opened Maxim’s Restaurant in Hays until his retirement in 1996.

Ray’s commitment to education was passed along to his children.  His daughter is a RN graduate of FHSU, and Master’s at UCSF, and now on staff at UCSF Medical Center.  His son also graduated from FHSU and is a KU Medical Graduate practicing Ophthalmology in Topeka, KS.

Ray is survived by his wife, Mary Marefat; Son, Babak Marefat; Daughter, Simin Marefat (married to Kreg Rotthoff); and a Grandson, Kai Rotthoff.

Ray loved reading books and was always reading.  In lieu of flowers you can donate to the following organizations who advocate for literacy:  World Literacy Foundation or

Memorial Services for Ray will be Saturday September 28, 2019 from 3 to 6 PM in the 1St floor conference room of the Hadley Center, 205 East 7th Street Hays, KS 67601.

Cremation entrusted to Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601.  Condolences may be left online at or by email at

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Memorial Service
September 28, 2019

3:00 PM
Hadley Center, KS

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