Bill Marshall Hays, 88, of Sunnyside on Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, this "Oh" cowboy saddled up for his last ride that would take his tired and worn out boots to the lush green rolling hills, where he will ride like the wind, as he did as a boy in Jay, Okla.
He was born Oct. 25, 1917 in Delaware County, Okla. Charlie and Ethel Hays along with their two daughters and three sons welcomed the arrival of our daddy's birth (as they were there to welcome him into this world, they all were there, along with his younger brother and son, Billy to see him ride out of the sunset into their long awaited loving arms), but the Hays family was not yet complete, one more brother and finally baby girl, Virginia, dad's baby "sis" and the apple of his eye. In the mid 1940's, dad along with his parents ventured out to Washington to join his brothers and sisters. Dad was a mama's boy. In May 1950, when he left for the Army to serve in the Korean War it broke her heart. Dad was faithful to always write her and could never receive her letters soon enough.
Dad's passion for the outdoors and open land would lead him to a life of raising cattle, horses and farming. He was quite the horseman, breaking horses, rodeo and going into the mountains with his packhorses, a few cowpokes and some good grub was good living. Dad would say he was a simple man, never had much in worldly possessions and didn't have anything worth leaving anyone. We would say along with those who knew him, he was one of the richest men we ever knew. His love for his family and the love we all have for him shines brighter than any amount of gold any man could have. Daddy we miss you and we love you more. We'll keep chillin at the Holiday Inn.
He is survived by his daughter, Jodi Kinsey (Mark) and kids, Cody and Ashlyn of Sunnyside; two sons, Scott Hays and daughter, Shelby, of Hutchinson, Minn. and Charles Hays and wife, Jackie, of Woodinville; boy, Chris (Christa) and Clint (Katie) Hays; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Virginia Bailey of Oak Harbor.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Bill Hays; two sisters; and four brothers.
Graveside services will be held Friday, Feb. 3, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.