Roger “Jack” Wayne Hays died December 28, 2018. He was born January 2, 1953, to Orvel James “Jim” Hays and Janice Ann Vaughn Hays in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Roger is survived by his wife Beckey Hays (Advance), his mother, Janice Hays of Patton, five children: La Donna Hays (Jackson, Mo.), Eric Hays (Sulphur, La.), Jacqueline Hays (Beaumont, Tx), Heather Cuerton (Marquand, Mo.) and Kenny Lucey, Jr. (Advance, Mo.); a brother, Lanny Hays (Mayfield, Ky), a sister Sherri Johnson (Patton, Mo.) and fifteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren with one on the way.
Roger was preceded in death by his father, brother ,James Hays, a beloved nephew, Troy Hays and beloved niece Brandy Hays Ratcliff.
Roger attended Woodland in Lutesville and South County Tech in Sunset Hills, Mo. He continued his education at Bryan Institute of Electronics at Jeff Co. and Junior College at Hillsboro, Mo.
Roger entered the United States Marine Corps as active duty June 1971-June 1973, remaining in the Ready Reserves to 1982.
He was spent much of his time with his children and later, his grandchildren.
Roger worked several different jobs throughout his life. Because of injuries sustained during military service, Roger retired from the labor force at age forty-five.
Roger was a member of the Bollinger County Mounted Posse.
He was a trustee and officer first at the Marble Hill Eagles and later at the Advance Eagles. He was also a member of the American Legion and lifetime member of the VFW.
Roger was one of the founders of the Cape Girardeau Marine Corps League and served with the honor guard as adjunct and assistant honor guard commander and collected toys for Toys for Tots. He participated in many parades and presented the colors to 280 military and their families including the first service at Bloomfield Military Cemetery.
He served in the honor guard at the opening of the Bill Emerson Bridge and was the first, first place winner of the Marine Corps Leagues of Missouri shooting competition. Most recently, he was very proud to ride his Harley with 3,000 others as escorts of the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to Perryville, Mo.
Visitation and funeral service will be held on Dec. 31, 2018, at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until service time at 2:00 p.m. Burial with military honors will be in McGee Chapel Cemetery near Glen Allen, Mo.