Clarence W. Mai, 87, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014, at his home in Hays. He was a lifelong resident of WaKeeney, only recently moving to Hays. He was born April 20, 1926, in rural WaKeeney to William and Amelia (Flagler) Mai.
Clarence was a 1944 graduate of Trego Community High School. He went on to serve our country in the United States Army during World War II. He earned many medals, including the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He was injured in action in March of 1945.
On September 1, 1946, Clarence was united in marriage to Betty L. Sparks at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in WaKeeney. They enjoyed 67 years of marriage together. They owned and operated the Phillips 66 Station in WaKeeney for many years. Clarence had a lifelong hobby in Photography, having taken thousands of pictures throughout his lifetime. He was a coin collector, loved listening to music, and enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger days. He was an avid sports fan, and he always kept Kansas State University sports at the top of his list. Of all the things he enjoyed doing, spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was something he cherished. Clarence will be deeply missed by many.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; a son, Bob and wife Darlene of Scranton; two daughters Loni and husband Howard Reece of Topeka, and Kathleen and husband Kerry of Hays; eleven grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; a brother, Howard and wife Charlotte of Denver, Colorado; and a sister Edith and husband Walt Mabry of Yakima, Washington. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, LeRoy and Emil “Sammy”; and a son, David.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 4, 2014, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of WaKeeney. Burial will be in the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery with military honors by Fort Riley Honor Guard.
Visitation will be Thursday, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be given to Honor Flight Inc. or Bethlehem Lutheran Church of WaKeeney and may be sent in care of Schmitt Funeral Home, 336 N. 12th, WaKeeney, KS 67672.
Words of comfort may be sent to the family online at www.schmittfuneral.com.