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Michael Hays December 28, 1950 - January 25, 2021

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Michael Hays, 70, passed away peacefully at home on January 25, 2021, in Tempe, Arizona. Michael was born in Rock Island, Illinois, on December 28, 1950, to Lester and Jean Hays. Michael served four years in the United States Navy, and then went on to have a fulfilling career with the National Weather Service. He went on to retire at the age of 55, and enjoyed living life. Michael is preceded in death by his father, Lester Hays; mother, Jean Hays; and granddaughter, Fiasia Perry. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Karen Hays; his 2 children, Christina (Stephen) Perry and Cassie Hays; his sister, Kathleen Buchanan; numerous nieces and nephews ; 10 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 12, 2021 from 10 am until 12 pm at Legacy Funeral Home Rose Chapel, 1130 S. Horne, Mesa, Arizona. 85204.


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    Sharon Sorensen says

    We are very sorry for your loss of a husband, father, grandfather…important part of your family. We extend our sincere sympathy and are praying for all of you! God bless! Roger & Shari Sorensen

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    Christina Perry says

    Dad, I miss you dearly but I know you are no longer suffering and I know you are at peace. You lived a good life and gave so much love. I’ll never forget the memories we made together. You lived a good and full life. I know I will see you again one day. Until then, I promise to keep your memory alive and do things that would make you proud. I love you, Dad!

    Love always,

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    Patricia deleon says

    Kathy and family our prayers from the Hofreiter’s and Deleon’s wiith love

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    Kathy Buchanan says

    Mike, I cannot find the words to say how much you will be missed. My heart is sore. My mind is overwhelmed. To lose both you and mom within 8 months is not what I expected. I will see you, Dad and Mom again one day. Keep a light on. Love you always, Kathy

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    Kathy Buchanan says

    My heart is sad that you are gone but glad you are no longer in any pain. I never expected to lose both you and mom within 8 months of each other. Keep a light on and I will see you all again one day.

    Love you always, your sister,

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    Karen Hays says

    To my husband. I know your not in pain and not suffering anymore. Just hard without you. I try to think of all the good memories over the44 yrs we had together. You will never be forgotten. Love always. RIP till we meet again. Your wife of many years. Karen

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    Karen Hays says

    Miss you so much but I know you are at peace. Just hard not seeing you and not to be able to discuss things. Will never forget you. We were together for 44yrs. Love always your wife Karen

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    karen hay says

    You will be forever missed. We had 44ys together,had our ups and down but always managed to overcome them. I know you are at peace now,no more agony. I will always remember your jokes your teasing along with the many small things you would do. So hard not having you here. I will forever love you. RIP. Your wife Karen

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    Kathleen Buchanan says

    Michael, my dear, loving brother. May you rest in peace in the knowledge that you got to see your family one last time before you left us to be with mom and dad. Looking back over all the years to get photos of you growing up, brought a smile to my face with all the memories we shared. I will always love you and will miss you ,

    Kathy Hays Buchanan

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    Karen Hays says

    Will miss you forever. We had a lot of memories over our 44years together. You will never be forgotten. I know your at peace now but it is so hard without you. Yes we had our ups and downs but always worked it out. Will be hard going on without you. Love you always RIP your wife Karen

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    Kari Martin says

    Our dearest condolences to you and your family during this grieving time.

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    Karen Hays says

    Love and miss you. Can’t believe your gone. Rembering all we had. We had our ups and downs but got thru them. Will never forget you. Love always and forever RIP your wife Karen

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    Cassie Hays says

    Dad, i miss gou so much. I cant believe your gone. Im trying so hard to be strong, so hard it not easy. I kmow your at peace now no longer in pain. Tell we meet again! See you agaim someday love amd miss you so much RIP DAD ❤

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