Richard Pratt Hays|
Richard Pratt Hays, 74, of Greenville, formerly of Akron, beloved husband of Jean Bowers Hays, passed away on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at Greenville Health System Heart Institute.
He was born in LaCrosse, Wis., the son of Gladys Anne Pratt and Orville E. Hays.
Richard earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, and a Masters and Doctorate in Probability Statistics from Michigan State University. He began his working career with B.F. Goodrich Tire Company in Akron, Ohio, and ended his career in the tire industry with Michelin, NA. After his retirement in 2001, he became a private consultant for Michelin, continuing the work he had done before his retirement.
In addition to his wife of 45 years, he is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Hays of Keene, N.H.; a son, Steven Hays, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; a brother, Stanley B. Hays of Sparta, Wis.; a sister, Kathee Hays of Walla Walla, Wash.; and two grandsons, Benjamin Hays of Keene and Hudson Hays of Mt. Pleasant.
The funeral service will be held at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest Chapel on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 3 p.m., with the visitation following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the
, 3535 Pelham Road, Suite 101, Greenville, SC 29615. Condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.thomasmcafee.com.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Aug. 20, 2014