MERLIN E. HAYS(1940-2013)

GENOA – Merlin E. Hays, 73, passed away Friday, March 22, 2013, at his residence. He did not "struggle."
Merlin was born March 15, 1940, in Oregon, son of Ralph and Lucille (Thomas) Hays. He served in the U.S. 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 High School girls basketball team.
Survived by daughters, Janet Elliott, Julie (Eric) Johnson; sons, Christian (Heather) Hays and Curtis (Stefanie) Hays; 12 grandchildren; sisters, Veda May Cole and Doris (Howard) Miller; brothers, Wilmer (Carol) Hays and Laverne (Sandra) Hays; Goddaughter, Kathryn (Mark) Smith; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Eugene Hays; and twin sister, Merilyn Hoffman.
A remembrance celebration will be at noon Friday, March 29, at Genoa Veterans Home, 311 S. Washington St., Genoa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed in Merlin's name to any Blackhawk Bank location for a North Boone High School Girls Basketball Scholarship Fund.
Cremation Society of Illinois assisted the family. To extend condolences, visit
Published in Daily Chronicle from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2013