Donald Clifford Hay, 87, Ottawa, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at his residence.
Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Ottawa. The family plans to receive friends 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at the funeral home.
He was born April 5, 1929, in Lane, Kansas, the son of Archie Raymond Hay and Jennie Jaquith (Solsby) Hay. He was a lifelong Franklin County resident, graduating from Wellsville High School, Wellsville, Kansas, with the class of 1947 where he lettered in football, basketball and track. He then attended Ottawa University and Kansas State University.
Don served his country in the Kansas National Guard and Army reserves for many years beginning in 1950.
Don was vice-president and director at 1st National Bank in Ottawa for 26 years, retiring in 1994. Prior to that, he worked 10 years with the Lawrence National Bank, Lawrence, Kansas, and five years with Pueblo Bank & Trust Company, Pueblo, Colorado, as assistant vice-president.
He was a member of the Ottawa Lions Club, since 1968. He served as president of the club in 1973 to 1974, zone chairman 1974 to 1975, deputy governor 1975 to 1976, governor 1976 to 1977. He was a member of Kansas Lions Sight Foundation serving as director from 1978 to 1990. He was honored as a Melvin Jones Fellow as well. He was a member of Ottawa Lodge No. 18 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. No. 803, Ottawa; Eagles Lodge Aerie No. 2700, Ottawa; Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Farm & Ranch committee; Republican precinct committeeman for Franklin County; Franklin County Republican Chairman; District and State Republican Delegate; as well as serving his community as a Franklin County commissioner from 2003 to 2011.
Don loved his family, his farm and people. He never met a stranger. He wanted to know where you were from, who you were related to and what you did. He could have conversations for hours with his new friends. During those conversations, Don spent most of his time bragging about his beloved family. He let everyone he met know how proud he was of his kids. Don was a true advocate for Franklin County. He wanted the people of Ottawa and Franklin County to have the best opportunities possible. He was diligent in his effort to keep our area a leading place to live.
On Feb. 22, 1952, Don was united in marriage to Marilyn Breckenridge in Ottawa. They shared 64 years of loving marriage.
Don is survived by his wife, Marilyn Hay, Ottawa; three children, Pamela Phillimore and her husband, Stephen, of Eagle River, Alaska, Wesley Hay and his wife, Diana Sue Hugley-Hay, of Hayden, Colorado, Donna Sill and her husband, Alan, of Liberal, Kansas; six grandchildren, Matthew, Mitchell, Russell, Alaina, Adam, Alyssa; and six great-grandchildren, Tara, Hunter, Mackenzie, Rhys, Payton, Bronson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Leota Williams, Vera Marie Hay; and a brother, Warren Dean Hay.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ottawa Lions Club and sent c/o Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067. Condolences to the family may be sent through www.lamb-roberts.com