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ORVAL FRANKLIN HAYS

ORVAL FRANKLIN HAYS

    Orval Franklin Hays, son of Virgil and Nellie (Johnson) Hays, was born October 1, 1931 in rural Diagonal, Iowa. Orval graduated from Diagonal high school in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army, in a M*A*S*H unit, during the Korean War; he was honorably discharged in 1954.
    Orval was united in marriage to Georgia Hancock in December 1952. Together they had three sons, James, John and Gary. He was later divorced and married Ula Hampton in 1977. Orval lived in rural Taylor and Ringgold Counties before moving to Afton, Iowa in 2010.
    Farming was an integral part of Orval’s life after returning from the war. He farmed in Ringgold and Taylor Counties. He was also a feed salesman for Moorman’s Feed Company. Orval was employed by the U.S. Postal Service and served as an officer on the Creston Police Force. Orval was employed for many years by Creston Tractor Sales (which later became Barker Implement). This is where he retired from.
    Orval enjoyed being outdoors and loved activities such as hunting and fishing. He was an excellent marksman with a firearm and rarely missed a shot. He enjoyed being involved in family functions and liked grilling out. He also enjoyed his John Deere tractor collection.
    Orval passed away April 4, 2014 in Creston, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his mother, Nellie Hays; father, Virgil Hays; stepmother, Mildred Hays; step-sister, Ann Iwed, and special aunt and uncle, Bessie and Lee Trenkle.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Ula Hays of Afton, Iowa; sons, Jim Hays of Morrison, Illinois, John (Lori) Hays of Creston, Iowa and Gary (Kathy) Hays of Afton, Iowa; grandchildren, William (Dane) Hays, Aaron Hays, Miranda Hays, Samantha (Brandon) Whitfield, Candy (Carlo) Ligotti, Maria (Brad) Dukes and Nakia (Jordy) Reha; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Art (Carol) Hays of Council Bluffs, Iowa; sister, Lois Irwin of Exira, Iowa; stepbrother, Manard Dolecheck of Louisiana; in-laws, Vera (Rich) Duff of Adel, Iowa and Elaine Millsap of Ravenwood, Missouri; nieces; nephews; other relatives, and friends.
    Services were held at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Diagonal, Iowa on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, with Rev. Ed Shields officiating. Musical selections included “Waltz Across Texas” and “Amazing Grace.”
    Casket bearers were Maria Dukes, Nakia Reha, Candy Ligotti, William Hays, Aaron Hays                 Miranda Hays, Samantha Whitfield and Derrick Duff.
     Military rites were by Williamson American Legion Post #719.
    Burial was in the East Fairview Cemetery in Lenox, Iowa.
    A memorial fund has been established for a memorial to be placed at Fogle Lake in Diagonal, Iowa.

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