|Birth: ||Jan. 28, 1955|
|Death: ||Mar. 23, 2009|
Patrick Bays, 54, of Terre Haute passed away, at home with his family, at 9 a.m., March 23, 2009, following a battle with cancer. He was born Jan, 28, 1955, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to Chester and Beulah Bays. He graduated from Rosedale High School, and later from Ivy Tech Community College, with a degree in automotive technology. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force for 19 years, and later in the Army National Guard until retiring. He also worked as a mill operator for Novelis in Terre Haute. He married Elaine Wallace on March 15, 1980. In his free time he enjoyed spending time with his family and spending time out doors.
He was preceded in death by his father, Chester Bays; son and daughter-in-law, Benjamin Allen and Faith (Ronaldson) Bays; sister, Peggy Bays; brother, Tim Bays; and mother-in-law, Valarie Wallace.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine; four children, Tammy Bays of Terre Haute, Karla Bays of Indianapolis, Jamie Bays of Brazil, and Bobbi Jo of Clinton; a grandson, Michael; mother, Beulah Bays of Terre Haute; siblings, Marcia Strait and husband Jim of Marshall, Ill., Chester and wife Josey Bays of Terre Haute, Barbara Hiner of Salt Lake City, Sandra Spaulding of Sugar City, Idaho, Steve Bays of Rosedale, Rex and wife Janice Bays of Marshall, Ill., Mark and wife Helen Bays of Terre Haute, and Penny Burgess of Terre Haute; and several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave., in Brazil, at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2009, with Pastor Gary Scroggins officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and again Saturday from 8 a.m. until time of services.
Information from the 2nd quarter 2009 Retired Guardian Newsletter published by the Indiana National Guard.
Staff Sergeant Bays served a few weeks in the Air Force Reserve from December 18, 1972 until January 25, 1973, when he entered active duty.
He remained on active duty with the Air Force unitl August 1, 1992. He was in the Air Force Reserve from August 2, 1992 until Feburary 21, 1993.
He enlisted in the Indiana Army National Guard on February 22, 1993, when he became a member of the Army Reserve until November 30, 1997.
Sergeant Bays reenlisted in the Indiana Army National Guard on December 1, 1997 and remained until his retirement from Company B, 38th S&T Battalion, 38th Division Support Command (DISCOM), 38th Infantry Division in Terre Haute on July 1, 1999.
Benjamin A Bays (1985 - 2008)*
Summit Lawn Cemetery
Created by: Greg Raike
Record added: Jun 19, 2009
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