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Wanda Elaine (Blackwood) Hafner 1931 - 2021
Ronald E. “Ron” Schepmann

CLAY CENTER — Wanda Elaine (Blackwood) Hafner died on July 14, 2021, in Clay Center, Kan. at the age of 90. She was born on a farm near Miltonvale, Kan. on Feb. 13, 1931, the daughter of George and Jenny (Doig) Blackwood. She was the only daughter in a family of six brothers.

Wanda attended Pleasant View grade school and Miltonvale High School. Her final year of high school, she moved to Clay Center, where she worked at Penney’s and attended school. She graduated from Clay County Community High School in 1941.

She married Wayne Hafner on Oct. 2, 1949, in Clay Center, Kan. Wanda drove a school bus for USD 379 for 31 years. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Wayne; brothers Don, Dean, Jack and Lawrence; as well as grandson, Grant Hafner. She is survived by three sons, Rodney (Kathy) of Great Bend, Randy (Cathy) of Clay Center and Bill (Joni) of Prairie Village: two brothers George

(Pat Nazarenus) of Muscatine, Iowa, and Rex (Mary Kaye) Blackwood of Clay Center; and sister-in-law, Madeleine Blackwood of Clyde: six grandchildren, Lindsay (Keith) Morice, Matt (Samantha) Hafner, Emily (Monte) Green, Melissa (Jeremiah) Ostmeyer, Josh (Heidi) Hafner and Sam Hafner and twelve great grandchildren.

Wanda was a faithful member of the Countryside United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School and youth group for many years. Wayne and Wanda enjoyed square and round dancing for 20 years, traveling to various states to dance. They also took many bus trips together, traveling to Alaska, Canada and throughout the United States. They were also avid KU basketball fans and enjoyed watching the Royals together.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, July 19, at 1:30 p.m. at the Clay Center United Methodist Church with Pastor Reuben Langat and Sarah Gill officiating. Respect calls will be held on Monday from 11:30 until service time at the church. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Clay Center Presbyterian Manor or the Countryside Bible Fellowship in care of Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home, 918 7th, Clay Center. Online condolences may be made at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home

918 7th Street 

Clay Center, KS 67432

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, July 16, 2021