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Leroy Gottschalk

December 26, 1935 — December 12, 2022

Leroy Gottschalk


Leroy G. Gottschalk, age 86, of Hays, Kansas passed away Sunday, December 11, 2022 at Ascension Living Via Christi Village of Hays. He was born December 26, 1935, in Hays the son of George and Edith (Linenberger) Gottschalk. On July 16, 1955, he was united in marriage to Rita Hoffman in Hays and they celebrated 67 years of marriage.

Leroy and Rita were owners and managers of Leroys Service Station in Hays for 65 years and U-Haul for 26 years. He was a Life member of the St. Anthony Council # 4166 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus and the Bishop Cunningham 4th Degree Assembly #282. He was also a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and the Sunflower Polka Club.

Leroy did not know a stranger and truly loved his time working with his family at the service station. He enjoyed traveling, dancing, playing cards, watching the Chiefs, Royals, KU and K-State as well as Western movies. Above everything else Leroy took great pride in his grandchildren and being a part of their lives.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Gottschalk of Hays; two Sons: Kevin Gottschalk and wife Chris of Hays and Kent Gottschalk and wife Michelle of Wichita; a daughter-in-law, Sandy Gottschalk of Hays; four grandchildren, Brandon Gottschalk and wife Maci of Hays, Dylan Gottschalk and wife Olivia of Spring Hill, Kaylor Gottschalk of Hays and Keeton Gottschalk of Wichita; a brother, Robert Gottschalk of Hays and a sister-in-law, Sharon Gottschalk of Hays.

Leroy was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Keith Gottschalk; a grandson, Kaden Gottschalk and his brothers, Ralph, Roger, and Wayne Gottschalk.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, December 16, 2022 at Saint Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church 2901 E. 13th in Hays. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays.

Visitation will be Thursday 5 PM 8 PM and Friday 10 AM 10:30 AM all at Brocks-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601.

A Daughters of Isabella Rosary will be Thursday at 6 PM followed by a combined St. Anthony Council # 4166 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus and the Bishop Cunningham 4th Degree Assembly #282 and Parish Vigil at 6:45 PM all at the funeral chapel.

Memorial contributions are suggested to TMP-Marian or to the wishes of the family to be designated at a later date.

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Visitation Monday

December 12, 2022

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

2509 Vine Street

Hays, Kansas 67601

Visitation Thursday

December 15, 2022

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

2509 Vine Street

Hays, Kansas 67601

Funeral Mass Friday

December 16, 2022

11:00 AM

St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church (Kansas)

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