Bryan W. Bachkora

Bryan W. Bachkora, age 88, of Hays, Kansas, died Friday, March 15, 2019, at HaysMed the University of Kansas Health System in Hays, Kansas. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 27, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wood River. The Reverend Jorge Canela officiated. Burial with military honors was in St. Mary’s Cemetery – Wood River. Apfel Funeral Home – Wood River is assisting the family. Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.apfelfuneralhome.com. Mr. Bachkora was born August 18, 1930, in Hall County, the son of Charles and Lucy (McDonald) Bachkora. On May 26, 1955, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Nelson at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wood River. They celebrated over 63 years of marriage. He was an Engineman Third Class (EN3) in the United States Navy, serving during the Korean War. He graduated from Ravenna High School and the University of Nebraska Kearney with a bachelors degree and masters degree in industrial education. He was a professor at Fort Hays State University in the Industrial Technology Department from 1965 until retiring in 1992. From 1992 until 2011 he owned and operated Bachkora Builders, doing home remodeling and offering unique and custom designs to his customers. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, American Legion, VFW, U.S. Navy LST Association, U.S. Navy LSM Association, and involved with Engaged Encounter for 34 years and Marriage Encounter for ten years. He was very artistic and creative, enjoyed painting, creating metal sculptures, and woodworking for his family and grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane, of the home in Hays, Kansas; three sons, Charlie Bachkora and wife Patty, of Olathe, Kansas, Kevin Bachkora and wife Laura, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Tom Bachkora and wife Carrie, of Overland Park, Kansas; two daughters, Mary Bachkora, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Rose Schaffer and husband Van, of Lawrence, Kansas; a sister, Nancy Ciemnoczowlowski, of Wood River; a sister-in-law, Vera Bachkora, of Kearney; twelve grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Floyd Bachkora; and a brother-in-law, Joe Ciemnoczowlowski.

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