|Birth: ||Sep. 17, 1930|
|Death: ||Aug. 21, 2009|
****Korean War Vet and P.O.W.****
A Memorial Mass for Edward Glennon Hays of Mountain Home is 10 a.m. today at St. Peter's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Stan Swiderski officiating. Edward Hays died Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, in Mountain Home at age 78.
He was born Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1930, in Monroe City, Mo., the son of William Alton and Effie Lena Beals Hays. Ed attended grade school at St. Columbans in Chillocothe, Mo., and was recruited into the U.S. Army by his older brother, Sgt. Robert Hays, fulfilled his high school education and soon was sent to Korea. Ed was a prisoner of war during the Korean War for 3 1/2 years and in 2008 received a Purple Heart for his service and sacrifice. He attributed his survival to his faith in God. He married Donelda Roberge Sept. 2, 1989, at Sierra Vista, Ariz., and owned a successful glass company in California for 22 years. Edward lived in Mountain Home since 2005, moving from Lancaster, Calif., and was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church and Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. His passion was for his church and family, and his life was full of devotion to the needs of others. He had a love for music and singing and entertained his family and friends with the beautiful sound of his voice. His friends were many, and he was loved by all. Ed will truly be missed.
Edward Hays is survived by his wife, Donelda Hays; one son, Glenn (Kimberly) Hays of Blue Springs, Mo.; four daughters, Sherri (Grayden) Paul of Beaufort, N.C., Catherine (David) Spellmeyer of Lancaster and Cindy (Kevin) Piper and Nancy (Randy) Tuinstra, both of Saugus, Calif.; 12 grandchildren, Ami Lynne Paul, Lacy Walker, Libby Walker, Amber Hays, Hanna Spellmeyer, Sean Spellmeyer, Erin Spellmeyer, Kaelee Piper, Brett Piper, Tyler Piper, Matthew Tuinstra and Megan Tuinstra; one great-granddaughter, Renada Garrett; two brothers, Everett Joseph Hays of Woffard Heights, Calif., and William Alton (Jan) Hays of Tamworth, Australia; three sisters, Elizabeth Louise (Marvin) Nichols of Portland, Ore., Bernadine (Joseph) Nichols of Sierra Vista and Dorothy Jeanette (Don) Thompson of Yuma, Ariz.; one godson, Timothy Doerr of Lancaster; his friend and apprentice, Steve (Traci) Hogan of Mountain Home; and Ed's beloved dogs, Archie and Becky. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
Burial will be in Newhall, Calif. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Arrangements are by Kirby & Family Funeral & Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.
The Baxter Bulletin, Mtn. Home, AR.
August 25, 2009
Created by: Carol Williams-Frager
Record added: Aug 25, 2009
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