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Michael John Hays, age 63, of Ludington, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 25th, 2018, at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was surrounded by the love of his family as he returned home to the Lord.

Michael was born on May 19, 1954 in St. Paul, Minnesota to John Boman Hays and Patricia Ann Lee. He was baptized into the Catholic Church and faith on July 11, 1954.  Michael is survived by his beloved wife and dearest friend of 20 years, Colleen Hays and his children: John Hays, WA, Jeremy Hays, WA, Brianna Hays, FL, Garrett Hays, MI, Keenan Hays, MI and Reilley Hays, MI.
Michael will also be remembered by his sisters: Robin Hays, TX, Jennifer Largent, MN, Cherie Hays, MN, Sheri Hays, TX and Jodi Rod, MN, his 4 beautiful grandchildren: Cody Hays, Jaxon Hays, Jacob and Riley Hays, WA, his beautiful nieces and nephews: Connor Hays, Amy Blackburn, Lyndsey Largent, James Lange, Larry Largent, Jenessa Scherer, Corbbin Delorme, Phoenix Chamorro  as well as his extended family: Sharron Perryman, Marlo Wetta, Kathryn Neal-Dorsey, Emily Lomaka, Michael Perryman, Moira Neal, Sean Perryman, and James Perryman.

Soon after graduating high school, Michael enlisted in the Army on October 11, 1974 and served his country for 2 years as an Air-frame Repairman during the Vietnam War era. Michael was a wonderful husband, father, and friend, whose companionship and respect was a gift never to be taken lightly. His open heart and a dry wit won the hearts of everyone who had the privilege of making his acquaintance.  These qualities served him well as he pursued a career in sales, earning top honors along the way.

Michael was a 16 year cancer survivor who lived a full life, taking joy in his family and his friends. He loved traveling, music, motorcycles, football, history and so much more, but his greatest passion was his family. His children were his pride and joy.

For those who wish to celebrate Michael’s life, a memorial service with full military honors, will be held on Monday, March 12 at 10:00 am at St. Ann Catholic Church, 7231 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS. followed by reception also at the Church. The committal will be held at 2:30 at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery: 395 Biddle Blvd, Leavenworth, KS.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations be made in Michael’s memory to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation with checks mailed to: 155 East 55th St, Suite 6H, New York, New York 10022.

Honoring his wishes cremation will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Michael’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: www.MichiganCremation.com

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. An exclusive provider of Veteran’s Funeral Care.

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  1. Moira Neal on February 6, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Mike was one of a kind, and we will miss him every day, until we meet again.



  2. Chuck Fondrie on February 6, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    I will always miss your great sense of humor and companionship during all those times we spent working together. You were a salesman’s salesman and I will always be indebted for all you taught me. I will always remember you for saying “I taught him everything he knows, but I didn’t teach him everything I know”! RIP Mike….you will always be in my memories and will never forget you!



  3. Emily Lomaka on February 18, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    So many great memories of sitting outside and talking with you about everything under the sun, Mike on the front porch in Michigan, the back patio in Florida, in front of a bonfire in Wisconsin, and any number of places in Kansas. You created such a beautiful family with my sister, and we are forever grateful for having you in our lives. Looking forward to new conversations on the other side, brother. Rest in peace.



  4. Sharron Perryman on February 25, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    From the moment he married my daughter, Mike became a caring, enthusiastic member of our family… and another son. He will be sorely missed. Say hello to Grandma and Dad for me. Love you Mike.



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