Harlan R. Hays, 70, of Greeley, CO and formerly of Lindsborg and McPherson, passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Fairacres Manor in Greeley, CO. He was a retired funeral director and embalmer and had owned & operated Hays Funeral Home in Lindsborg, KS. from 1985 to 2000. He had previously been a director at Ball & Son Funeral Home in McPherson.
He was born on June 26, 1944, in Great Bend, KS, the son of Roy Frank and Olinda E. (Russman) Hays. He graduated from Hutchinson Community College and Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. On April 10, 1970, Harlan was united in marriage to Wilma Y. “Willy” Rutledge in Eureka, KS.
Harlan served in the Army National Guard. He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and Lions Club, both of Lindsborg, KS, Kansas Funeral Director’s Association, and National Funeral Director’s Association.
Survivors include: his wife, Willy of the home; children, Joy Hays of Kansas City, MO, Tyler Hays and wife, Jennifer, of Victor, ID, and Lisa Bradford and husband, Chris, of Johnstown, CO; five grandchildren, Colbi Benton, Dalton Benton, Gavin Bradford, Ayla Bradford, and Luciana Bradford.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Stockham Family Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, April 6, 2015, at St. Peter Lutheran Church Cemetery in Holyrood, KS.
Memorial donations may be given to Fairacres Manor (Greeley, CO) in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Harlan R. Hays please visit our Sympathy Store.