In Loving Memory

Johnny Ray (John) Hays

Johnny Ray (John) Hays

September 6th, 1940 - August 12th, 2019


Saturday, August 17th, 2019   11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Charter Funerals,
10250 Shawnee Mission Parkway,
Shawnee Mission KS 66203


Saturday, August 17th, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Charter Funerals,
10250 Shawnee Mission Parkway,
Shawnee Mission KS 66203


Johnny Ray “John” Hays passed away peacefully in his home at Lake of the Ozarks on Monday, August 12, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

John was born the son of Elizabeth (Wirth) and Leroy Robert Hays on September 6, 1940 in Kansas City, MO. He grew up in Shawnee, KS where he graduated from Shawnee Mission North in 1959.

John worked in industrial tools sales, retiring from Beaver Drill & Tool Co. in 2006 and moved to the Lake of the Ozarks. He enjoyed hunting quail, fishing, participating in the Lenexa BBQ, boating and making happy memories with family and friends at his home at the Lake.

John will be missed by the love of his life Barb of 35 years; his children Debbie (Jeff), Michael (DiAnne), Connie (Sam), Mary Kay (John), John Jr, Tess (David), Joe (Lori), Amy, Jeff, Craig (Paula); 23 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, as well as an extended family of friends.

John is preceded in death by his parents; his loving Aunt Dot, whom he thought of as a second mother; a son, Kevin; granddaughter, Lauren; and brothers, Jimmy and Gene.

The family would like to thank Lake Regional Cancer Center, particularly Dr. Bryer, Dr. Coplin and Carla, as well as Lake Regional Hospice Nurses Laura and Lucinda for their loving care and compassion during his illness.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate contributions to American Cancer Society.


  • Mon, Aug 19th, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    I will miss Uncle John. He was a kind & loving man with a sweet smile. I think one of his
    greatest attributes was wanting to make people happy. He made my Aunt Barb feel so loved
    & happy, and he lived to make her smile. Uncle John would do anything to see others smile
    and enjoy themselves, that's something that didn't go un-noticed. His love for Aunt Barb &
    their children was deep. And altho he'll be missed terribly, he's more alive now than ever!
    Heaven is a real place, a place we should all should strive to dwell. Life here on this earth is
    temporary, but Heaven is eternal. Uncle John knew that Jesus & God were real and that God
    loved him. Uncle John prayed for his family & trusted Him to keep them and to watch over
    them. He now knows the eternal reward of accepting Jesus as your Lord & Savior! I pray that
    we all come to know Jesus as well. And Uncle John will be there waiting when we make our
    way to Heaven if we accept Jesus too. My heart goes out to my family, extended family, and
    to my sweet & precious Aunt Barb, whose heart & arms have always been open & ready to
    love on and care for anyone who comes near. A true love story! :-)
    I love you Aunt Barb & family ♡

    Laura (Foster) Garrett, Belleville, IL.

  • Fri, Aug 16th, 2019 at 11:42 PM

    We love our Johnny so much, he was the sweetest guy
    and best neighbor you could ever ask for. We will forever
    miss the 'love you baby' as a greeting or a goodbye. He's
    one of a kind. We will always be just a hill away from you
    Barb anytime you need anything. Love you both.
    Wendy and Liz

    Wendy Wisdom and Liz Ripley, MO

  • Fri, Aug 16th, 2019 at 12:31 AM

    So glad u guys got to spend such quality time with your dad. Thought and prayers

    Connie Davidson, Shawnee

  • Wed, Aug 14th, 2019 at 9:48 PM

    I’m sorry for the families loss. I want to thank Auntie Barb & Uncle John, as well as my cousins for
    sharing the transparent love of you all. Until we meet again!!! God Bless you all. Love Elizabeth,
    Theresa, Jimmy.

    Theresa Hays Meehan, Boston, Massachusetts

  • Wed, Aug 14th, 2019 at 8:17 PM

    John, you were like a second father to me, a man that I
    loved and respected. I will always remember the love you
    had for me and how you treated me like one of your own.
    You had a way about you when you listened to me and we
    would talk that showed me how much you cared and I was
    important to you. I will always treasure those moments.

    Barb & Family - my heart hurts for the loss to your family,
    but there is comfort in knowing the close bond you all have.
    Prayers for you all and please know that I love you all and
    am there if ever you need anything.

    Rest In Peace John, you’ll always be my Captain.

    Jewel Cash, Olathe, Kansas

  • Wed, Aug 14th, 2019 at 6:29 PM

    Very sorry to hear your father passed. Know that he is at peace with our Lord. Take care of each
    other. Love Deb Fern

    Deb Fern, Shawnee Ks

  • Wed, Aug 14th, 2019 at 2:33 AM

    We are so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all.

    Vivian & Corey, Lenexa, KS

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