OBITUARY

Kenneth "Ken" Karl Hay

April 28, 1948May 5, 2021
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Kenneth Karl Hay “Ken”, 73, of Newburgh, Indiana passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital. Ken was born April 28, 1948 to the late Earl and Dorothy (Schaaf) Hay in Evansville, Indiana.

He attended Dexter School, Harrison High School, and graduated from North High School in 1966. He went on to attend Indiana State University, graduating in 1970 with a degree in Industrial Arts. He was hired in Warrick County as a traveling Industrial Arts Teacher and in 1976 was hired as the “shop” teacher at Castle Junior High School, where he loved to spend time in the classroom until his retirement in 2010. He enjoyed woodworking, cutting firewood, hunting, and fishing. Ken had a love for the outdoors. He was a lifelong member of Methodist Temple UMC and was on the Temple Hills Board for many years. Ken was a member of the ISTA-retired, the NEA, the Red Brush, and Eagles. Ken loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren

Ken was preceeded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Hay; brother-in-law, Robert Jonas; sister-in-law, Wanda Hay; grandparents Will and Clara Hay, and Frank and Mary Schaaf.

He is survived by the love of his life and life partner, Darlinda “Linda” Klassen, wife of 51 years on June 20; children, Karl (Andrea) of Spring, Texas, and Matthew (Nora) of Westfield, Indiana; grandchildren, Christian and Kiersten Hay of Spring, Texas, and Luke, Maddie, and Kate Hay of Westfield, Indiana; sister, Virginia Jonas of Newburgh, Indiana; nephews, Mark Hedges of Newburgh, Indiana, Brian (Tori) Hedges of St. Charles, Illinois, John Hay of Chandler, Indiana; and niece, Alicia (Marcus) Montooth of Evansville, Indiana.

Funeral Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Methodist Temple UMC officiated by Rev. Andy Payton with burial to follow in Santa Claus UMC Cemetery. Friends may visit from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday at Alexander East Chapel and 12:00 p.m. until service time Tuesday at Methodist Temple UMC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Methodist Temple-Temple Hills.

Condolences may be offered at www.AlexanderEastChapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Darlinda "Linda" (Klassen) Hay, Wife of 51 years
  • Karl Hay (Andrea), Son
  • Matthew Hay (Nora), Son
  • Christian Hay, Grandchild
  • Kiersten Hay, Grandchild
  • Luke Hay, Grandchild
  • Maddie Hay, Grandchild
  • Kate Hay, Grandchild
  • Virginia Jonas, Sister
  • Mark Hedges, Nephew
  • Brian Hedges (Tori), Nephew
  • John Hay, Nephew
  • Alicia Montooth (Marcus), Niece
  • Earl Hay, Father (deceased)
  • Dorothy Mae Hay, Mother (deceased)
  • Robert Hay, Brother (deceased)
  • Robert Jonas, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Wanda Hay, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Will Hay, Grandfather (deceased)
  • Clara Hay, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Frank Schaaf, Grandfather (deceased)
  • Mary Schaaf, Grandmother (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 10, 2021

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Memories

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Steve McGinness

May 11, 2021

Linda and family, so sorry to hear about Kenny. He will be sorely missed. May the lord comfort and support you and your family in this time of such great need.

Mike Schaaf

May 11, 2021

My sympathy and thoughts go out to Ken's family.

Hal Sauer

May 11, 2021

Linda, Ginny, and all the family,
Our family (the Sauer's) lived next door to the Hay's from the time I was 10 years old through high school. Kenny's birthday was April 28, two days before mine. We attended Dexter together and Harrison HHS. Kenny and I were good friends and saw each other most every day. I was in the Hay house quite often, as he was in ours. I remember the large vegetable and fruit garden next to the Hay house that the family did such a beautiful job with every year. I always looked forward to the rhubarb that would come out of the garden (my mom would turn it into a rhubarb pie). Linda and my mother became very close friends, my mother loved her friendship. I consider myself fortunate to have grown up on St. James Blvd. right next to the Hay family.

Larry / Nancy Schaum

May 9, 2021

Nancy and I have known Ken and Linda and family for over 40 years. We have had many laughs and conversations together.
Ken and I hunted together for almost 20 years with many good memories.
May the Lord bless and comfort the Hay family knowing that Ken is now in the Loving arms of his Savior, Jesus 🙏

Jennifer Wright-Head

May 9, 2021

I was saddened when I learned of Ken's death. I met Ken in 2002 when I joined the staff at Castle Jr High. He is one of those people who came forward and made me feel welcomed to the staff and always had a smile on his face.

Linda -- I know how sad this time is for you and your boys but you three have been so fortunate to have been the light of Ken's life and to have had these years with him.

Many wonderful memories to cherish.

Sarah Hodges

May 9, 2021

Linda and family,
Sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. I have a lot of good memories of stories that you would tell!! Keeping you in my prayers.

Megan Riordan

May 9, 2021

Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

Benjamin Willett

May 9, 2021

To: Ken's family

Met Ken thru Bob (Civic Center co-worker) and would like to express condolences. Really miss those years in Evansville so long ago.

May Ken Rest In Peace . . .

Angie (Dame), Joe and Isaac McKissick

May 8, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Linda and the entire Hay family. May God give you His comfort and peace now and always.
With Our Love,
Angie (Dame), Joe and Isaac McKissick

Ronda Schmidt

May 8, 2021

Ken was a gentle soul who never met a stranger. He was the type person who would do anything for anyone. He always had a story to tell, one which made you smile or laugh. We need more Ken Hays in our hurried world. God bless you, friend. May God give assurance to Linda and the boys of his love for them and the promise of a joyous reunion ahead.

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Biography

Kenneth Karl Hay “Ken”, 73, of Newburgh, Indiana passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital. Ken was born April 28, 1948 to the late Earl and Dorothy (Schaaf) Hay in Evansville, Indiana.

He attended Dexter School, Harrison High School, and graduated from North High School in 1966. He went on to attend Indiana State University, graduating in 1970 with a degree in Industrial Arts. He was hired in Warrick County as a traveling Industrial Arts Teacher and in 1976 was hired as the “shop” teacher at Castle Junior High School, where he loved to spend time in the classroom until his retirement in 2010. He enjoyed woodworking, cutting firewood, hunting, and fishing. Ken had a love for the outdoors. He was a lifelong member of Methodist Temple UMC and was on the Temple Hills Board for many years. Ken was a member of the ISTA-retired, the NEA, the Red Brush, and Eagles. Ken loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren

Ken was preceeded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Hay; brother-in-law, Robert Jonas; sister-in-law, Wanda Hay; grandparents Will and Clara Hay, and Frank and Mary Schaaf.

He is survived by the love of his live and his life partner, Darlinda “Linda” Klassen, wife of 51 years on June 20; children, Karl (Andrea) of Spring, Texas, and Matthew (Nora) of Westfield, Indiana; Grandchildren, Christian and Kiersten Hay of Spring, Texas, and Luke, Maddie, and Kate Hay of Westfield, Indiana; sister, Virginia Jonas of Newburgh, Indiana; nephews, Mark Hedges of Newburgh, Indiana, Brian (Tori) Hedges of St. Charles, Illinois, John Hay of Chandler, Indiana; and niece, Alicia (Marcus) Montooth of Evansville, Indiana.

Funeral Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Methodist Temple UMC officiated by Andy Payton with burial to follow in Santa Claus UMC Cemetery. Friends may visit 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday at Alexander East Chapel and 12:00 p.m. until service time Tuesday at Methodist Temple UMC.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Methodist Temple-Temple Hills.