William J. "Bill" Hays

Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Longtime Soldotna resident William J. "Bill" Hays, 73, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital from complications due to rheumatoid arthritis.

Per his wishes, no services will be held.

Mr. Hays was born Dec. 22, 1936 in Lake City, Calif. He graduated from Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls, Ore. with an Associate's Degree in Engineering. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years before being honorably discharged. He worked at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., beginning in 1961. He began working for Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Co. in 1966. He moved to Alaska in 1974 living in Anchorage and Kenai for a short time and worked for R.C.A.. He moved to Soldotna in 1975 and worked for AT&T Alascom as an electronics technician. He retired from AT&T in 2001. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, photography, reading, watching old movies and sports on TV.

"There will never be anyone like my Bill. I was lucky to have him for 52 years. He built a beautiful home for us to share. I want everyone to hug their loved ones and tell them, 'I love you' because you never know when it will be the last time. Like the song says, 'Life is too short and death is too long,'" his wife said.

"Sitting here trying to describe our Dad in words is difficult. He was so funny and Such a Character. Anyone who knows Dad will understand what we mean. He was a fun loving jokester who loved to tease. He had a huge heart and was always doing things for others, never asking for anything in return. We were all so lucky he was ours. Everyone will remember Dad sitting in the bleachers cheering for us in whatever sport or activity we were involved in. Those who have met our Dad say they are a better person for knowing him. Dad, thanks for always being there for us, we love and miss you," his daughters said.

"Grandpa was the funniest and most helpful man I have ever met. I will miss him for all eternity," his grandson, Tyler, said.

"There was never a moment that we weren't smiling or laughing because of Grandpa. I love you Geezer," his granddaughter, Chayna said.

"My grandpa was my best friend. I miss him so much; he will always be in my heart," his granddaughter, Emily said.

"Every time I was around grandpa, I learned something new," his grandson, Charles J. said.

Mr. Hays was preceded in death by his parents, William and Edrie Hays, brother-in-law, Art Struve, and mother and father-in-law, Marieta and Alfred Murray.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Rose Hays of Soldotna; daughters Cindy Hays of Soldotna and Vicky Ward and son-in-law, Charles Ward of Wasilla; grandchildren, Tyler and Emily Brown of Soldotna; and Chayna and Charles J. Ward of Wasilla; sister, Lois Struve of Bonanza and Close family friends, Dave and Ruth Ann Urban of Soldotna.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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