Elvin Ray Hayes, 88, of Paris, passed away at 3:40 a.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, at the Gibson Family Center for Hospice Care in Terre Haute, Ind. He was retired after more than 60 years as …
Elvin Ray Hayes, 88, of Paris, passed away at 3:40 a.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, at the Gibson Family Center for Hospice Care in Terre Haute, Ind. He was retired after more than 60 years as owner of E & H Kitchen and Bath Sales and also worked as a sales representative for Eagle Shield Insulation.
A graveside service is 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, at Franklin Cemetery south of Chrisman. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post #211, and burial follows. Visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at Templeton Funeral Home.
Mr. Hayes was born July 12, 1933, in Vigo County, Ind., the son of the late Roland and Marie Ferguson Hayes. He married his childhood sweetheart, Joan Shonk, on Nov. 9, 1952, in Paris, and she survives.
Other survivors include two children, Garold Hayes of Indianapolis, Ind., and Valerie (Norman) Adkins of Edwardsville; two grandchildren, Chad (Carly) Wesbey of Highland, Mich., and Jessica (Wade) Hodson of Chandler, Ariz.; and a great-grandson, Luke Wesbey.
Mr. Hayes served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He loved all aspects of his work in sales, and his outgoing, fun-loving personality made him a natural at it. In his spare time, he enjoyed discussing nutrition, a subject which he had studied extensively.
Throughout his life, he had a passion for automobiles, especially fast ones, and was known for his infamous lead foot. He was proud of having worked as an auto body repairman for the Hulman Family at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in his younger years. When he wasn’t working or driving fast, Mr. Hayes loved traveling and spending time with his wife and family.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.