1928 - 2012
Lifetime Waitsburg resident, Elmer Hays, 86,
passed away October 1, 2012, at his home.
One of ten children, Elmer was born November
7, 1928, in Waitsburg, to Robert and Elsie Sieckman
Hays. He graduated from Waitsburg High School in
1943. He served in the US Navy as a frogman during
WWII and was called back to serve in the Korean
War. He worked on seagoing tug boats in the Pacific Ocean, between the Bering
Sea, Alaska and down to California. He returned to the
Waitsburg area where he did farm work.
On November 8, 1963, he and Joan Raymond
married in Kennewick, Washington. Elmer then became
Maintenance Superintendent for the City of Waitsburg,
serving the City and its residents for 24 years, retiring
December 31, 1992. His dog, Cricket or Sandy, would
often accompany him in his truck for work.
In his earlier years, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He loved to cook and bake and enjoyed sharing his pies
with neighbors and friends, his home always being open
to friends and family.
Elmer is survived by his wife, Joan, at home; two
brothers: Russell (Diane) Hays of McCleary, Washington
and Robert (Cay) Hays of Yakima, Washington. He was
preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Elsie Hays;
three sisters: Doris Williams, Betty Elder and Roberta
Hays; and four brothers: Howard, Kenneth, Richard, and
The memorial service will be 1:00 p.m., Sunday,
October 7, 2012, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551
Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington. Pastor
Skip Pritchard of the College Place Presbyterian Church
will officiate. Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Katsel,
Jerry Gales, Ervin Hays and Don Elder. A luncheon will
follow at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Waitsburg
Ambulance Service, Walla Walla Community Hospice,
Waitsburg High School Scholarship Fund or other
personal choice through the funeral home.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.