Dorlas I. “Buck” Hays Jr., 85 of Jackson, passed away Monday February 16, 2015 at his home.

            He was born July 15, 1929, in Girard, Illinois, son of Dorlas Ibra and Jessie Mae Fitzgerald Hays, Sr. He and Joyce Reba Smith were married August 27, 1960 in Springfield, Illinois.

            Buck was a 1947 graduate of Virden High School in Virden, Illinois.  He was inducted into the United States Navy December 5, 1947, serving on the USS Consolation, and was honorably discharged September 15, 1952.   He was a member of New McKendree United Methodist Church in Jackson for 30 years.  He worked 33 years for the Natural Gas Pipeline of America as a Measurement representative.  Buck was a member of the VFW Post #10495 and a charter member of Elks Lodge #2652 in Jackson.

            Loving survivors include; his wife of 54 years, Joyce; two sons, Doug (Kim) Hays of Cape Girardeau, and Daryl (Kim) Hays of Mt. Zion, Illinois; a daughter, Cindy (Gary) Beussink of Jackson; five grandchildren, Caleb, Tyler, and Madison Beussink, Chris and Sarah Hays; a sister, Connie Jo Gardner of Herscher, Illinois; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and a number of nieces and nephews.

            Friends may call from 4-8 pm Thursday, February 19, 2015 at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. An Elk service will be held at 7:00 pm.

            The funeral will be 10:00 am Friday, February 20, 2015, at the funeral home, with the Revs. Eddie Rhodes, Jimmie Corbin and David Israel officiating.

Burial will be in Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, with full military honors.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Elk National Foundation, Inc., New McKendree United Methodist Church, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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