2/2/1931 to 5/2/2004
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JACK WALLACE HAYS
THE HERALD TIMES, Bloomington, IN. Jack Wallace Hays, of Zellwood, Florida, died Sunday at his home. Born February 2, 1931 in Monroe County, he was the son of Lon and Agnes Blackwell Hays.
Jack graduated from Bloomington High School with the class of 1949. He attended Indiana University, but withdrew early to join the business world. Jack was a member of the Indiana National Guard from 1949 until honorably discharged in 1957 with the rank of Sergeant. He traveled extensively as a representative for car wash equipment manufacturers. His favorite expression was “I’m a Southerner by choice,” but his passion for Hoosier hysteria extended into his adult life. He officiated football and basketball games for several years at the high school and junior college level in three southern states. After retiring in 1993 he continued his love of travel by making frequent trips to California to pick up motor homes from manufacturers for delivery throughout the United States and Canada. His travels included 49 states, 4 continents and many foreign countries. His book “Story,” highlighting his early travels and growing up in Smithville and Bloomington, will be available soon at the Monroe County Public Library.
He is survived by Virginia Owens Hays, his wife of 52 years. He is also survived by son Rob Hays and his wife Barbara, and daughter Lisa Askew and her husband Dave of Bloomington; daughter Tara Farran and her husband William, and son Michael Hays of Florida; sisters Martha Stewart and Georgia Tidd-Staver of Bloomington; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Fred and Bill Hays, and sisters Nancy Brown and Mary Chatterton.
Private memorial services were held. His ashes will be scattered at sea, and a marker will be placed at the Smithville Christian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to EFFORTS (Emphysema Foundation For Our Right To Survive), Claycomo Plaza, 411 NE US HWY 69, Claycomo MO 64119.