Born May 11, 1932 in Monroe County, he was the son of Everett and Cloffa (Brannon) Hays.
Donald was retired from the United States Army as a Staff Sergeant. He was a member of the Military Uniform Services Association.
Surviving relatives include three children Deborah Large of Terre Haute; Daniel L. Hays of Linton; and Edward B. Hays of Bloomfield; three sisters, Doris Hamm of Solsberry, Loretta Sisson of Indianapolis, and Juanita Deckard of Bloomington; one brother, Kenneth Hays of Bedford; five grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.
Donald was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia (Kincaid) Hays in 2004; and his parents.
Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, and 1 p.m. until the hour of service at Jenkins Funeral Home in Bloomfield.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday January 11, 2009 at the funeral home with Rev. Billy Ed Hostettler officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Any donations may be made to the Bloomfield American Legion in Donald's name. Envelopes will be available at Jenkins Funeral Home.