He was retired from Hays Pest Control which he owned and operated for many years. John was a Veteran of the US Army and enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
His wife the former Holly Lynn Myers preceded him in death on December 9, 2004.
He is survived by a daughter Holly Jean Hays, a grandaughter Leia M. Hays and a grandson Jacob D. Hays all of Elizabethton, Tenn., a sister Jean Hays of Amherst and dear friends Jim and Tina Moore of New Philadelphia, Rachel Ashbaugh of Bolivar, Robert Potts of New Philadelphia and Meghan and Bob Basile of Alliance.
A celebration of John's life and time of sharing will be held on Saturday November 23, 2013 from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM in the Lebold-Smith Funeral Home at 248 Park Ave. Bolivar. The Bolivar American Legion will conduct military honors at 3:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will follow at a later date in Alliance City Cemetery. For fun those unable to attend please visit the funeral home's web site to share a memory and sign the guest register. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County at 716 Commercial Ave. SE New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 or the American Red Cross.
Lebold-Smith Funeral Home of Bolivar