Verlyn J. “Slats” Kroeger, age 83, of Hays, Kansas passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in Hays. He was born January 27, 1935 in Ellis, Kansas to Joseph and Margaret (Wasinger) Kroeger. He graduated from Ellis High School in 1953. On October 18, 1958 he married Paula M. Erbert in Ellis at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
He was a retired State Trooper with the Kansas Highway Patrol. His career started with the Hays Police Department and then with the Kansas Highway Patrol in Lyons, the Kansas Turnpike in Wellington and then Hays. He was a US Army Veteran and a member of St. Nicholas of Myra Church in Hays.
He is survived by his wife, Paula of Hays; a son, Ward Kroeger and wife Kristi of Ogallala, Nebraska; two daughters, Kim Staab and husband Ben and Jackie Miller and husband Dennis all of Hays; three brothers, Jim Kroeger of Missouri, Gary Kroeger and wife Linda of Lecompton, Kansas and David Kroeger and wife LeAnn of Hays; 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Kelly Marie Kroeger and a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Kay and Norman Wellbrock.
Private family services were held at the wishes of Verlyn. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ellis with Fr. Jarett Konrade officiating.
Arrangements in care of Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Nicholas of Myra Building Fund and may be sent in care of the family.
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