Merlin Hays

MERLIN E. HAYS, 73 OREGON - Merlin E. Hays, 73, passed away Friday, March 22, 2013, in his residence. He did not "struggle". Merlin was born March 15, 1940, in Oregon, IL, son of Ralph and Lucille (Thomas) Hays. He served in the United States Army and retired from Commonwealth Edison after 36 years. He was Post Commander and life member of the VFW and American Legion in Genoa. Merlin donated to the North Boone H. S. Girls Basketball Team. Survived by daughters, Janet Elliott, Julie (Eric) Johnson; sons, Christian (Heather) Hays, Curtis (Stefanie) Hays; 12 grandchildren; sisters, Veda May Cole, Doris (Howard) Miller; brothers, Wilmer (Carol) Hays, Laverne (Sandra) Hays; God-daughter, Kathryn (Mark) Smith; host of nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents; brother, Eugene Hays; and twin sister, Merilyn Hoffman. A Remembrance Celebration will be held at noon Friday, March 29, 2013, at the Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington Street, Genoa, IL 60135. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in Merlin's name to any Blackhawk Bank location for a North Boone H. S. Girls Basketball Scholarship Fund. Cremation Society of Illinois assisted the family. To extend condolences go to Cremation-Society.com.

Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2013