Lonnie Hays, 79, Wellington: Sept. 16, 1943 – March 13, 2023

Lonnie Hays

Lonnie Gene Hays, 79, of Wellington, died on March 13, 2023, at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita with his family by his side after a short illness.

Lonnie was born on September 16, 1943, in Iola to Clyde and Margaret (Michael) Hays.

He graduated from Virgil High School in Virgil in 1961. He then went on to earn both a Bachelors and Masters degree from Emporia State College.

Lonnie married Sharon Ruth Baier on November 23, 1966, and together they celebrated 56 years of a very happy marriage.

Lonnie was a retired Middle School Science Teacher. He taught in the Wellington School system for over 30 years. Lonnie was on the Board of Directors of Panhandle Federal Credit Union for many years. During his retirement, he loved gardening, traveling, and spending time with his family. Lonnie was a very devoted and loving parent to his daughters and their families. His biggest hope is that they know how much he loved them, how proud they made him, and that they have as happy of a life as he had.

Lonnie is survived by his loving wife, Sharon of Wellington; his three daughters and their husbands, Tammy and David Brown of Olathe; Stephanie and Luke Nichols of Wichita and Susie and Matt Cannon of McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey. Other survivors include his four grandchildren: Ian and his wife Brenna Nichols of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; Jonah Nichols of Wichita; Ty Cannon and Allison Cannon of McGuire Air Force, New Jersey; a brother, David Hays of Salina; sisters, Betty Blair of Stratford, Texas and Elvira Aikens of Wilsey. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Harold Hays, Bob Hays, Clyde Hays Jr., and Larry Hays.

A visitation will be held at Cornejo Funeral Home from 1 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2023, with family present from 5 to 7 p.m.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at St. Anthony – St. Rose Catholic Church, Wellington. Funeral Mass for Lonnie will follow the Rosary and begin at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at St. Anthony – St. Rose Catholic Church.

Following services, a private burial will take place at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Seward.

A livecast of the funeral mass will be available on the St. Anthony St. Rose YouTube page.

Memorial contributions can be given in his name to the Wellington Food Bank. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home. Share a memory, leave condolences or sign his digital tribute wall at

Arrangements by Cornejo Funeral Home + Crematory, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington.

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