Clein James Hays

b. Jul 11, 1920, d. Jan 31, 1998
FatherOrice Lee Hays1,2 b. Dec 15, 1884, d. Dec 4, 1945
MotherEffie Viola DeWitt1,2 b. Apr 8, 1888, d. Dec 29, 1935
     Clein was born in Geary Co, KS, on Jul 11, 1920.3,4,5,2
     Clein James Hays was listed as a son in Lee Hays's household on the 1930 Census in 401 East Republic, Salina, Saline Co, KS.2
     Clein James Hays, Lee Hays's child, resided with Lee, in Chapman, Dickinson Co, KS, on Jan 2, 1936.6
     Clein James Hays was employed as a sheet metal worker in CA.7
     Clein James Hays received an essential industry WWII draft deferrment because he worked in the shipyards in Galveston, TX.8
     He married Margaret Louise Hildebrandt in Galveston, TX, on Mar 4, 1942.9,7,5,8,10
     He resided in Hutchinson, Reno Co, KS, December, 1945.11
     Clein James Hays moved in 1946 to Salina, Saline Co, KS.7
     The Hays family gathered at Jim and Margie's house in Hutchinson in February 1946.
Bill, Lowell, Jim, Delbert, Clarence, and Mervin Hays
Hays Family, Feb 1946, Hutchinson, KS
Back row: Lowell, Jim, Mervin, Pearl
Middle row: Nelda, Rosie, Lila, Verda
Front row: Bill, Delbert, Clarence
Hays Family, Feb 1946, Hutchinson, KS
Stan Jantz writes: Jim and Marges house in Hutch near prison. Jim, Delbert, Jack (uniform), Vernon, Barbra, Donna
on back: Hays Sisters
Back row: Lila Jantz, Pearl Hays, Verda Lady
Front row: Nelda Hays
RosaLee Goodwin
Taken at Cleins
Feb 1946
Hutchinson, Kansas

     Clein James Hays lived in 1956 in 761 S. 5th, Salina, Saline Co, KS.12
     Clein James Hays was employed in 1956 in Salina High School, Salina, Saline Co, KS, as a sheet metal class instructor.12
Jim Hays
Salina Journal, April 1956?

     Clein James Hays and Margaret Louise Hays took their "baby son" to the hospital on Mar 6, 1959 in Schilling Air Force Base Hospital, Salina, Saline Co, KS.13,14
     Clein James Hays was employed by Salina Heating and Air Conditioning as a sheet metal mechanic and shop foreman in Salina, Saline Co, KS.8
     He resided in Salina, Saline Co, KS, on Nov 28, 1969, in RFD 3.15
     Clein James Hays was employed by Kendell Inc.9
     Clein James Hays lived in Dec, 1976 in 761 S. 5th, Salina, Saline Co, KS.16
     Clein James Hays retired in 1981.7
     Clein James Hays and Margaret Louise Hildebrandt lived in Dec, 1987 in 2077 N. Ohio, Salina, Saline Co, KS.17
     Clein died on Jan 31, 1998 in Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Sedgwick Co, KS, at age 77.9,4,7,5 An obituary was published circa Feb 1, 1998 in the Wichita Eagle in Wichita, Sedgwick Co, KS.9 An obituary was published on Feb 2, 1998 in the Salina Journal in Salina, Saline Co, KS.7 His funeral was held in Ryan Mortuary, Salina, Saline Co, KS, on Feb 3, 1998. Rev. Doug McHenry officiated. Pall bearers were Tim Hays, Brian Liles, Kevin Burt, Michael Rodriguez, Kris Liles, Curt Liles, Matthew Burt and Greg Rodriguez.3,9 He was buried on Feb 3, 1998 at Gypsum Hill Cemetery, in Salina, Saline Co, in KS. (block 30, lot 17, space 13.)3,7,5,18
Jim Hays Plot, Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina KS
Photo by Julia Langel, October 8, 2002
Clein James Hays
Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina, KS
Block 30, lot 17


Margaret Louise Hildebrandt b. March 2, 1922, d. August 25, 2015


  1. [S175] Sharon Shellhorn Phelps, Descendants of Barnet DeWitt, online
  2. [S1062] 1930 U. S. Census, unknown cd2, Kansas, Saline County.
  3. [S283] James Clein Hays, Funeral Bulletin, February 3, 1998 Julia Langel.
  4. [S856] Clein J. Hays, no. 514-05-4615, Social Security Death Index, RootsWeb.
  5. [S1128] Clein James Hays and Margaret L. Hays Cemetery Marker, Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina, Saline Co, KS.
  6. [S154] Chapman Advertiser, January 2, 1936, page 1, column 5.
  7. [S1123] Salina Journal, February 2, 1998, page A7, column 3.
  8. [S1837] George Hyatt Nye, Frank Best and David Fisher Nye, A genealogy of the Nye family, page 3-210.
  9. [S282] Wichita Eagle, February, 1998.
  10. [S2508] Salina Journal, August 28, 2015.
  11. [S24] Salina Journal, December 6, 1945.
  12. [S628] Salina Journal, 1956.
  13. [S1804] Salina Journal, March 6, 1959, 2.
  14. [S1805] Salina Journal, March 8, 1959, 28.
  15. [S46] The Salina Journal, November 28, 1969, page 19.
  16. [S644] Salina Journal, December 10, 1976.
  17. [S702] The Salina Journal, December 17 or 18, 1987.
  18. [S1079] City of Salina, Gypsum Hill Cemetery Database, online…, Clein James Hays.
  19. [S701] The Salina Journal.
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