LAWRENCEVILLE, Illinois — Gene L. Hays, 89, Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021.

He was the owner of Hays Texaco Gas Station and Hays Masonry and was a member of Pinkstaff United Methodist Church. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War.

Survivors include two children, Chuck Christian and Cyndi Hays-Morris; one brother, Jerry Hays; one sister, Rose Faith; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and special friend, Hazel Thurston.

The funeral will be at 5 p.m. CST on Sunday at the Emmons-Macey and Steffey Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. CST on Sunday at the funeral home. The family requests that masks be worn.

Memorial donations may be made to Honor Flight of Southern Indiana.

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