Pete Hays, 69, of Salina, died on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017.
He was born November 11th, 1947, in Grisswold, Iowa, to Richard Malcom and Margaret Marie (Jackson) Hays.
Pete graduated from Bertrand High School in 1965 and was drafted in the Army and served in the Vietnam War. He was a giant of a man, in stature and in heart, fierce in his beliefs, and determined beyond measure. There was no quit in him. He knew the Lord had saved him many times and he was grateful. He loved life and he loved his family.
He was looked up to by many. He was a hero, not just as a Vietnam vet, but also in his love for people.
He valued them, he loved life, he worked hard, sometimes played harder. He was a straight shooter, not beating around the bush with this man.
He served on the KHSRA board for many years while his kids were rodeoing. But more importantly he was the man behind the scenes in any organization, making sure that whatever needed done was, if it needed fixed he knew how, if someone needed to step up and handle something he was always “the guy”.
He married Connie Jean Carpenter on March 5th, 1972.
Survivors include his wife, Connie; daughter, Jessica and husband Adam McMillin, of Lindsborg, Kansas; grandson, Jaxon McMillin; siblings, Sharon and Bernie Cooper of Verona, Wisconsin, Carolyn Beguin, of Springfield, Missouri and Jack Hays, of Goodland, Kansas; mother-in- law, Dorothy Carpenter, of St. Francis, Kansas; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his son, Nathan Hays; and brother, Michael Hays.
Memorial service were Saturday, May 6th, 2017, at First Christian Church, 2727 Crawford Street, Salina, Kansas.
Memorials may be made to the Pete Hays Memorial Fund and are in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 North Eighth Street, Salina, Kansas 67401.