He was born August 22, 1936 in Hays the son of Edward and Oliva (Lang) Pfannenstiel. A graduate of Hays High School in 1954, he was united in marriage to Anna Mae Zimmerman on October 8, 1960 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Munjor. They celebrated over 51 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on June 8, 2012.
Vernon was a lifelong farmer and member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, and he was also the owner of the Country Market in Munjor. He was an avid baseball and sports fan and enjoyed KU and FHSU athletics and the Kansas City Royals.
Survivors include five sons; Kevin Pfannenstiel and Dawn of Munjor, Keith Pfannenstiel and wife Jody of Hays, Vernon Pfannenstiel, Jr. and wife Autumn of Lenexa, Greg Pfannenstiel and wife Rene of Shawnee, and Troy Pfannenstiel and wife Laura of Orion, IL, a brother; Verlin Pfannenstiel and wife Elaine of Hays, six sisters; Darlene Dinges and husband Bob of Dalton, Georgia, Jeanette Tauscher and husband Charlie and Juanita Stecklein and husband Alan, all of Hays, Judy Pfannenstiel and husband Dave Waxse of Overland Park, Mary Ann Pfannenstiel-Miller and husband Tim of Leawood, and Joyce Allen and husband Gene of Atchison, twelve grandchildren; Josh Pfannenstiel, Ali Pfannenstiel, Sydni Pfannenstiel, Kyle Pfannenstiel, Randi Ziegler, Korey Pfannenstiel, Erin Engel, Cameron Pfannenstiel, Danielle Pfannenstiel, Alexis Pfannenstiel, Kian Pfannenstiel, and Owen Pfannenstiel, eight great-grandchildren; Brody Pfannenstiel, Kaydan Bednasek, Jordan Robinson, Makia Hykes, Kolter Pfannenstiel, Kyson Ziegler, Kimber Pfannenstiel, and Kambrie Ziegler, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Anna Mae Pfannenstiel.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Munjor with Fr. Earl Meyer and Fr. Reggie Urban officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Francis Cemetery. A parish vigil service will be at 6:30 pm followed by a recitation of the rosary, both on Wednesday at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 8:00 on Wednesday and from 9:00 am until 9:40 on Thursday, all at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, in care of the funeral home. Condolences and memories of Vernon may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com.