Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

George Dee Hays

George Dee Hays, age 86, of Shelby, died Sunday, July 26, 2020 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital after a brief and unexpected illness.

George was born June 7, 1934 in Shelby, to the late Vern and Elizabeth (Boosz) Hays. He was a 1952 graduate of Shelby High School. George served 8 years in the 164th Fighter Squadron National Guard. He worked as a department manager at Kroger beginning in Shelby, before moving to Galion then Mansfield from where he retired in 1989. George was also a dog groomer for 29 years.

George was a member of First Lutheran Church in Shelby where he sang in the choir. He was also a 60+ year member of Shelby Masonic Lodge 350 F&AM. Together with his wife, Sally, George square danced and round danced for 36 years with the Cloverleaf Square Dance Club. He was also a Buckeye Country Clogger for 19 years. He enjoyed traveling, especially oversees, and loved his Scottish terriers, Mickey and Chloe.

On June 19, 1987 George married Sally M. (Stevenson) Hays and she survives. Also surviving are his children: Sherry (John) Baker of Battleground, WA., Russ (Kelly) Hays of Ft. Myers, FL., Brad (Fred Lee) Berberick of Mansfield, and Teena (Barb McDowell) Berberick of Port Clinton; 5 grandchildren: Caitlin Peter, Colin (Ashley) Peter, Russell Hays, Troy (Tiffany) Hays, and Sam McElroy; and 6 great-grandchildren. George was preceded in death by his parents: Vern and Elizabeth Hays.

Family and friends are welcome on Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 10:00 am until time of funeral services at 11:00 am at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby with Pastor Rus Yoak officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Lutheran Church or the Richland County Humane Society and left in care of the funeral home.

Due to the current COVID-19 circumstances, both the family and the funeral home wish that everyone remains safe. Therefore, we ask that visitors be mindful of current restrictions, wear masks, and pay respects appropriately and promptly, without linger.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence at or by leaving a comment on George’s obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Gaye Shira says:

    Sally and family I send my sympathy and prayers for God’s peace. Gaye and Ray Shira

  2. Ambrose & Joy Trucks says:

    Sally and family our thoughts and prayers are with you and God Bless.

  3. Ann Imhoff says:

    Sally, Brad, and family. So very sorry for the loss of George! He is in a better place now.

  4. Carolyn and Bob Nichols says:

    Sally, we are so sorry to hear about George’s passing. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Bill Ross says:

    Sally, Mary & I are saddened to learn of George’s passing from Gail. We had several good times together in our dancing days. We haven’t been able to continue dancing for about 5 years due to health problems and sure do miss it. We have many good memories, though, from our association with great people. Hope you can find comfort and strength from your family and faith.

  6. MaryLee Barr says:

    So sorry for your loss. Family is in my prayers. Peace

  7. Gary and Shirley Burrer says:

    Sally we were greatly saddened about Georges passing.
    You have our sympathy and god bless your family.

  8. EYESTONE'S says:

    Please accept our sincere sympathy in the loss of George.
    What a guy!! Bless you and yours. Ron and Joyce

  9. Shirley (Ralston) Gerber says:

    We are so very sorry to learn of George’s death. He will be greatly missed.
    We send our blessings and prayers to you and your family. Dave and
    Shirley (Ralston) Gerber

  10. Chuck and Barb Elliott says:

    we are so sorry to read of George’s passing.

    He was a good man and you two made a great couple.

    you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    May God bless you with good memories

  11. Sue says:

    Sally and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of George’s passing. Our sympathy to you all.
    Sue and Al

  12. Bob & Sue Stover says:

    We are sorry to see of George’s passing. Please accept our sincere sympathy.

  13. Jodi Tonkin says:

    Brad, I’m so sorry to hear to hear of your Dad’s passing, but very grateful that you could be closer to your Dad at this important time. So good to see you last September! Take good care of yourselves and your family. Will be thinking of you! ~Jodi

  14. Merrill & Jane says:

    Dear Sally,
    We have enjoyed both square and round dancing with you and George for many years. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Merrill & Jane Brucker

  15. Jim & Pat Schaub says:

    Sally & Family, so sorry to hear of George’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Sure will miss seeing him in church. Peace be with you all.

  16. Searl and Lynda says:

    We are so sorry for your loss, Searl and I enjoyed dancing with you guys .Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  17. Carol Nichols says:

    Sally, I am so sorry for your loss. It has been a tough year for our families. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love you,
    Carol, Lloyd and kids: Camryn, Coltyn, Caslyn and Corbyn Nichols

  18. Kim & June Heuberger says:

    Sally, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the loss of George.

  19. Tom Hadley says:

    So sorry and supriesed to hear of Georges passing. My sincere sympathys to all the family. I will miss seeing him and our conversations. He was a great guy.

  20. Jocelyn McAuley says:

    Sympathy & prayers for you & your family. Jocelyn McAuley

  21. Genny Reed says:

    Sally, I was shocked when you called and told me George had passed. When the three of us talked after Jim & I returned from AZ he was talkative and acted like his normal self. He will be missed by all who knew him and I will miss the way he always tried to jerk me around. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family, and if there is anything I can do for you, please let me know.

  22. Johnny Gibson-John Stiefel says:

    Sally, family, we are so sorry to learn of the loss of George. He will be missed by all, especially his very dry sense of humor that most people never caught, but was always there.

    Prayers and thoughts are with you today.


  23. Paul Crosby says:

    George, my fellow classmate, was a true friend always smiling and willing to help anyone. I live in Lakeland Fl. and when I got to Shelby I always tried to talked to George. Sally you take care of yourself, I share your lost. God Bless to you and all of George’s children.. Paul

  24. Patty Thompson says:

    Sally, Brad & Teena — so sorry to hear of George’s passing. May you take comfort in your family, friends and dogs! Love to you all.

  25. Barbara Parsons Fensch says:

    Dear Sally & family, I am sorry to hear about George’s passing. Allen & I always enjoyed being with both of you at Web’s & around town when we were out. George was a sweetheart. I know you will greatly miss him. Keeping you & your family in my prayers. Barbara

  26. Mary Ann (Lepp) and Barry Bailey says:

    Dear Sherry and Russ,
    Please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of your dad. Our thoughts are with you and your families. We are living in Georgia now so we were not able to attend his service.

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