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William "Bill" Witthuhn

May 10, 2018

William A. “Bill” Witthuhn, of Hays, Kansas, age 86, died Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kansas. He was born September 14, 1931, at Bazine, Kansas, to Richard William and Amanda (Michel) Witthuhn.  He married Doris (Liggett) on September 2, 1952, at Bazine, Kansas.

He worked for White Star Machinery of Wichita for over 30 years as a manager/salesman of construction equipment and retired in 1985.  Bill grew up in Bazine and was a 1948 graduate of Bazine High School.  He was a veteran of the Air Force and was stationed at Fort Worth, Texas.  He was a member of the  Messiah Lutheran Church, the American Legion and was a Past Commander.  He lived in Great Bend and Wichita before moving to Hays in1987.  He operated  Hen House Ceramics with his wife and family for a few years and delivered flowers for the Hays Vine Street Dillon’s store for over 20 years.  Bill enjoyed camping, woodworking and vegetable gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Witthuhn, Via Christi Village, Hays, KS; two sons, Richard J. Witthuhn and wife, Traci, Cape Fair, MO; Donnie L. Witthuhn, Wichita, KS; one daughter, Jeannie Wideman and husband, Roy, Hays, KS; one brother, Lester Witthuhn and wife, Elaine, Hays, KS; four grandchildren, Brent (Mandy) Witthuhn, Crystal (Isaac) Perez, Jennifer (Mark) Adams and Tim (Paige) Wideman; ten great grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

Services are 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas 67601 with Military Honors by the Hays V.F.W. Post No. 9076.   Family inurnment will be at the Bazine Cemetery, Bazine, Kansas, at a later date.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday and from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Saturday, all at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays.

The family suggests memorial to the Morrison House of Salina, 400 S. Santa Fe, Salina, Kansas 67401.

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