Sunday, July 26, 2009

Milton George Hays

Milton George Hays
Died December 30, 2000

TRAVERSE CITY - Milton George Hays, 80, lifelong resident of Traverse City, died Saturday afternoon at his home.

He was born on June 29, 1920 in Traverse City, son of George and Edith (Peaslee) Hays. On March 17, 1948, he married the former Florence M. Kiviniemi in Traverse City.

Milt was retired from the State Hospital, where he was an upholsterer, a trade he learned from his father and then taught to his son. A veteran of World War II and Korea, he served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the VFW Cherryland Post 2780, as well as the Michigan Retirement Association and the Landing Craft Support Association. In his younger years. Milt enjoyed swimming, skating and boating.

He is survived by his wife, Florence; children, Linda Scheele of Traverse City, Dawn (Jeffrey) Ameel of Tokyo, Japan, and George Hays of Traverse City; grandchildren, Leah Hays, Shanna Scheele, Corinne Ameel, Caitlin Ameel, Alexandra Ameel, Tiahna Hays and Matthew Hays; and his brother, Bill (Darlene) Hays of Traverse City. Milt was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Perry and Fred.

Visitation will be on Wednesday at 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City. Graveside services will be conducted in June, under the auspices of the VFW Cherryland Post 2780. Burial will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be directed to the VFW Cherryland Post 2780.