John F. Werth, 70, Hays, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 in an aviation accident near his home in Schoenchen.
He was born May 6, 1949 in Hays, the son of Alvin A. and Peggy (Banham) Werth. In 1967 he graduated from St. Joseph Military Academy. He was united in marriage to Charlene Pfannenstiel on Aug. 9, 1969 in Antonino. They celebrated 50 years of marriage.
He owned and operated Werth Aerial Spraying. John was a member of the Schoenchen Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council #4166. He enjoyed flying, fishing, boating, and barbecuing. He loved family picnics and gatherings, his cousins, his dogs, and spending time with his grandchildren, especially teaching them to shoot and fish.
Survivors include his wife, Charlene of Hays; a son, Lance Werth and wife Shonna of Johnson Lake, Neb.; a daughter, Lynne Boettcher and husband Chris of Benton; a brother, Gary N. Werth and wife Judy of Hays; six grandchildren, Andrea Werth, Lance Corporal Christopher Werth, Brittan Boettcher, Aidan Boettcher, Dylan Boettcher, and Addyson Boettcher; numerous cousins in the United States and England; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Schoenchen, with Fr. Joshua Werth officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, all at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. A vigil service will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Anthony Cemetery Fund or to family wishes. Condolences and memories of John may be shared with the family at www.Haysmemorial.com.