– Ronald Dewain Hays passed away at home on January 27 after a
short battle with brain cancer (glioblastoma). Ron was born in
Eugene to Donald and Frances Hays. He graduated from South Salem
High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Jane Elmore,
on December 29, 1967.
is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jane; parents Donald and
Paula Hays; brothers Terry, Leroy; Sisters Kathy Lynn, Lori;
daughter Barbara; son Brian; grandsons, Troy, Bill, Riley, Carl,
Logan; granddaughters, Valerie, Amber; great-granddaughter
was a hard worker. In the early years, he worked on farms
tending dairy cows and baling hay. He went on to work for
Champion Lumber in Idahna, Freres Lumber in Lyons, and most
recently Sun Valley Trucking in Scio.
could fix or build almost anything. He kept their home and cars
in working order for many years. When something needed done that
he didn't know how to do, he learned (dehorn cows, neuter pigs,
fix broken plumbing pipes in the yard, build a steel shed to
house Jane's mushroom business, bulldoze the old house to make
way for the new house, etc). Ron spent many family vacations
driving a pickup and camper to a far corner of Oregon right
after getting off his night shift at work. He taught his kids
how to play chess, checkers, rummy, and Yahtzee and spent many
hours playing with them. Ron and Jane were a pair. He loved her
and depended on her to make his life complete. He will be
memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 6
at New Hope Community Church, 657 North 2nd Avenue, Stayton.
may be sent in Ron's name to OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Brain
and CNS Cancer Research, 1121 SW Salmon St, Suite 200, Portland
, OR 97205 or via their website, www.ohsucancer.com.
Arrangements by Weddle