Donald C. "Don" Staab 85 of Victoria, Kansas died Sunday, May 9, 2021, at the Good Samaritan Society of Hays. He was born November 8, 1935, in Salina, Kansas to Aloysius Raymond "Al" and Olivia Delores (Korbe) Staab. He married Sylvia (Lang) on October 8, 1960, at Hays, Kansas. She preceded him in death on October 27, 1960. He then married Gertrude (Maneth) on June 8, 1964, at LaCrosse, Kansas.
He was an attorney for 60 years and had his private law practice in Ellis County from 1963 to 2019. He was a Civil Affairs Attorney at Fort Leonard Wood from 1960 to 1963. He was elected Ellis County Attorney in 1965 through 1967, then served in Ellis County District Court as Assistant County Attorney from 1970 to 1975. He served as City Attorney for Victoria Municipal Court from 1970 to 1975, and City Judge for Victoria Municipal Court from 1979 to 2001. He was the School Board Attorney for U.S.D. #432 at Victoria for 30 years.
Don grew up in Ellis, Kansas and was a 1953 graduate of Ellis High School. He attended Colorado University at Boulder, Colorado from 1953 to 1954. He received his BA Degree in Political Science in 1956, and his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1959, both at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.
Don was a member of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity since 1957, a member of the Kansas Bar Association, a member of the Ellis County Bar Association since 1959, and a Life Member of the Washburn Law School Association since 1990. He was a member of the Board of Directors at the Farmers National Bank in Victoria from 1984 to 1991, and a member of the Board of Directors at the Victoria Community Credit Union from 1991 to 2001. He served on the U.S.D. #432 School Board from 1981 to 1985, and from 1989 to 1993. He was a member of the United States of America Court for the District of Colorado since 1998, and a prior Commissioner of the Kansas Lawyers Assistant Program.
He was a member of The Basilica of St. Fidelis, the Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree, the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly, and a Past Faithfull Navigator all of Victoria, Kansas. Don was an avid Denver Broncos and Colorado University Buffaloes fan, and he enjoyed fishing, reading and walking his dog.
Survivors include his wife, Gertie Staab, of the home; one son, Karl Staab and wife, Debbie, Victoria, KS; one daughter, Amy J. Staab, Ellis, KS; two granddaughters, Audrey Staab and Morgan Staab; and his little four legged friend, Maverick.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; and his lifelong best friends from Ellis Elementary School and Ellis High School, Rudy Erbert; Don Rowland; Don Schoech; Andy Pfeifer; and Jack Niernberger.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 14, 2021, at The Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria, Kansas with Father Fred Gatschet and Father James Moster O.F.M.Cap. officiating. A private family inurnment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays, Kansas.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, at Clines-Keithley Mortuary of Hays and from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Friday, at The Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria, Kansas.
A Knights of Columbus rosary will be held at 7:00 P.M. Thursday, and the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 6:30 to 7:00 P.M. all at the mortuary.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorials to TMP-Marian High School/Fine Arts Department or Hospice of Hays Medical Center, made payable to the organization in care of, Clines-Keithley Mortuary, 1919 E. 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas 67601.