American Veteran 09

Bobby Gene Hays

May 13, 1938 ~ July 15, 2021 (age 83)

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Fort Wayne – Bobby Gene Hays, 83 died Thursday July 15, 2021 at his home in Fort Wayne with his family at his side. He was born May 13, 1938 in Jackson, Kentucky to Roy and Lula (Fletcher) Hays. Bobby was a press operator for 31 ½ years at Cooper Standard in Auburn before retiring in 1998. After retirement he worked different security jobs to stay active and talk to people which he enjoyed doing. He enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the PGA of America. He married Virginia Morris on January 1, 1982 in Souls Harbor Church in Auburn and she survives. Also surviving are a son and daughter, Debora (Jay) Lawson of Plainwell, Michigan and Robert Hays of Kendallville; 2 step children, Greg (Cheryl) Morris of Alexandria, Kentucky and Kristi (Jeff) Freimuth of Fort Wayne; 13 grandchildren and over 20 great grandchildren; a brother and 4 sister in laws, Eddie Dean and Phyllis Hayes of Hanover, PA, Georgia Hays of Flat Rock, MI, Leah Hays of Richmond, KY and June Hays of Jackson, KY and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sons, Ricky Dean Hays and Phillip Lang Hays, 1 great grandson, Brighten Adam Keen and 6 brothers, Roy Hays, Vincent Hays, Wendall Hays, Wandell Hays, Vernon Hays and Donnie Ray Hays. Calling will be 4 to 8 PM Monday July 19, 2021 at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 1860 Center Street, Auburn, IN. A graveside service will take place 2 PM Wednesday July 21, 2021 at Jackson Cemetery in Jackson, KY with Rev John Bunn officiating. Calling in Jackson, KY will be four hours prior to the graveside service Wednesday from 10 to 2 pm at Watts Funeral Home, 650 KY – 15, Jackson, KY 41339. Memorials can be given in Bobby’s name to PGA REACH, online at To send condolences visit

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July 19, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Feller and Clark Funeral Home, Auburn
1860 South Center Street
Auburn, Indiana 46706

July 21, 2021

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Watts Funeral Home
650 KY-15
Jackson, KY 41339

Graveside Service
July 21, 2021

2:00 PM
Jackson Cemetery
Jackson, KY 41339

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