Sunday, July 26, 2009

Jacky Eugene Hays 2002

**PHOTO** **FLAG** Jacky Eugene Hays
Died August 25, 2002
TRAVERSE CITY - Jacky Eugene Hays, 72, passed away Sunday morning at home surrounded by his brother Bobby Hays, sister Martha (Fehley) Hays, niece Cindy (Hays) Pearson and devoted daughter Chris (Hays) Assenmacher. Jack was born Nov. 29, 1929, in Pampa, Texas, the son of Edgar L. and Maude M. (Goodman) Hays. He married Joan C. Benda in Detroit, on July 29, 1950. They created their home in Southgate where they remained until 1976, when Jack accepted a transfer from Michigan Bell and moved his family to Traverse City, later retiring after a 38 year career with them in 1992.

He was a member of the VFW, AML and the Eagles. Jack was a highly decorated Marine who served in the Korean War, receiving numerous decorations including the Silver Star and several Purple Hearts. Jack enjoyed bowling, fishing, canoeing and was a highly skilled baseball player. He was active in league softball in both Southgate and Traverse City. Jack loved sports of any kind but was best known and loved for his sense of humor and his unending knowledge of useless trivia. He was, however, most respected and loved for his dedication and love for his family.

Jack is survived by his daughter Christine M. (Hays) Assenmacher of Traverse City; his brother, Bobby R. (Sandy) Hays of Miles City, Mont., and his sister, Jymee (Marvin) Walker of Eustis, Fla.; and his much loved honorary sister, Martha (Fehley) Hays of Traverse City; as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; his parents Edgar and Maude; and a brother, Eddy.

Visitation will take place Friday, Aug. 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, where a rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with the Rev Father Jerry Mickettie serving as celebrant. Burial will take place in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens with military honors. Family and friends will have an opportunity to share memories immediately following the committal ceremony at Jack's home. Memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Hospice.

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