Dr. Millard Edward Hays

July 20, 1925February 24, 2018
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Dr. Millard Edward Hays, DVM, 92, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2018 in Noblesville, Indiana.

He lived most of his life near Liberty, Indiana with his wife, Trois. He was born July 20, 1925 in the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. His parents, Bina (Sweeney), Cecil Hays and sister, Kathleen Cotter moved to the family farm in Union County in 1929.

Millard graduated from Liberty Short High School in 1943. He was president of the FFA and Vice President of his senior class. He enjoyed his friends and the High School Dances. Upon High School graduation Millard enlisted in the Marines and after basic training in Coronado, California, was shipped to New Caledonia in the south Pacific in February 1944. He was with the First Marine Division on the Island of Pavuvu, a small island north of Guadalcanal in the West Pacific Ocean. On September 1944, his Marine Division landed on Peleliu where it took three weeks to take the island. He then went on to land on Okinawa and was there from April 1945 until October 1945. His tour of duty ended in Tientsin China where he left for home on March 4, 1946. After the war, Millard studied Pre-Med at Miami of Ohio then Animal Husbandry at Purdue University in 1948-49. He was then accepted into the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine which was his dream come true! On December 20, 1952 Millard married Trois Williams of College Corner, Ohio. Trois was teaching first grade in the old Indianola School in Columbus, Ohio. Millard and Trois had two sons', Brad Hays (Lisa) from Noblesville and John Hays (Gwen) also from Noblesville, Indiana. They are the loving grandparents of two beautiful granddaughters, Sarah and Megan Hays, both daughters of John and Gwen Hays from Noblesville. Millard began his Veterinary practice out of his home in Cottage Grove, Indiana in 1953. He partnered with Dr. Mallo in 1955 and built the Grove Veterinary Clinic near Cottage Grove where they practiced together until 1975. In 1975, Millard joined with Dr. Turner to open a new Grove Veterinary Clinic closer to Liberty where he practiced, specializing in Equine medicine until his retirement in 1993. Millard had a lifelong passion for Horses and in addition to specializing in Equine as a practicing Veterinarian; he also bred, raised and trained Quarter Horses at his home. At times, his quarter horse herd numbered over forty horses. Horses he bred competed in and won the National Reining Futurity Championship in 1971, the Open Reining Championship in 1971, the Cutting Horse Congress Quarterama in Canada in 1982. Millard was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners as State Chairman since 1970 and was on the Board of Directors for Union County National Bank in 1980. He served on the Union County Public Health Board since 1960. He started the 4-H Horse and Pony Club in Union county in 1958 and was instrumental in starting the Union County High School Football Program in 1973.

In his retirement, Millard enjoyed riding horses around Whitewater State Park with his friends and family. He enjoyed taking care of his property in Liberty and caring for the horses. He picked up golf and enjoyed the men's league in Liberty. While spending winters in Florida, he and Trois met many new friends playing golf and socializing at their condominium complex.

Millard and Trois were blessed by an abundance of friendships throughout the community. They have been fantastic friends, parents and grandparents. Millard was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Bina (Sweeney) Hays and his sister, Kathleen Cotter.

A Celebration of Millard's Life will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Fosdick Chapel, Liberty. Friends may visit at the funeral home Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post #122 and the VFW, Post #1472. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Union County Foundation for Hays Early Childhood Education Scholarship Fund. For additional information and to send Millard's family condolences or memories, please visit


  • Visitation Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • Celebration of Millard's Life Saturday, March 3, 2018

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Gary and Nell Girton

March 6, 2018

We send our deepest sympathies to all of you in this time of grief. He loved well and was loved by many. Praying that you will find comfort in knowing that you cared for him well in his last years.

I am a niece of Kay on the Cotter side and have heard many stories about Millard over the years.

Betty Klein

March 6, 2018

My sympathy is with you today in the loss of Dr. Hays. Our family had great respect for Dr. He was so kind and competent as he traveled from farm to farm to care for animals. May he Rest In Peace.

Wayne and Lori Schibley

March 5, 2018

So sorry to hear about the passing of such a great man. He was loved by many. Condolences to Trois, Brad, John and other family members.

Tonya and Tom Peffly

March 4, 2018

Dr. Hayes family,
We were so very sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great man and Vet. Got to know him through the years, with the many visits through vet care. We all learned an awful lot from this great man. He was a wealth of knowledge. He will be dearly missed by all who crossed pathes with him. You all have are condolences. May God comfort you all in the coming days and months.

Tom and Tonya Peffly

Marsha Chambers Eldridge

March 4, 2018

Trois, Brad,John, and all: Oh the memories! Our families have known one another so long! I am so sorry for your loss and for not being with you today. I have missed your parents so much since their move but cherish wonderful memories growing up knowing them. Doc was a great guy and will be missed by all. Sending love to you all from ALL the Chambers family.

Donna & Jim Templeton

March 2, 2018

John & Family,
You have our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Dad.

Sherry Osborn Hurd

March 2, 2018

Dr. Millard Hays was a man of supreme "Principles, Dedication, & never ending Drive" his whole life. He was my Mother's sister's (Trois) husband... "My Uncle Millard". I "always" looked up to him , " Loved & Admired" him. He was a tremendous "Role Model" for me my whole life. He, Aunt Trody, & my Grandparents, Marie & "Doc" Williams of College Corner, Ohio, were always my "Soft Places" to fall throughout my life. After the Dean Of Girls Counselor @ Connersville High School (Margaret Reed) told me I should consider going to college, ( No one had ever encouraged me to go to college until then.) Uncle Millard offered to Loan me the money !!!! ( Which I paid back.) He certainly "CHANGED" the projection of my Life !!! I graduated from Indiana University in 1969, & had a very successful Career in "Upscale Retail", eventually becoming a Vice President of "I Magnin" in SanFrancisco for many years. I traveled the world & was totally dedicated to my fabulous career, thanks to Uncle Millard !! (I told him "many times" how much I appreciated his "HELP" ! )..... He was so dedicated to his family & soooo loved Trody, Brad & John , & eventually their beloved Graddaughters , Sara & Megan Hays !!! He was not born of "Privilege" & worked very hard to improve his life his "whole" life! (He also survived two "Bloody Wars" in Asia In WWII........) He was sooo Smart , Driven & Principled !!...... We will forever "Miss Him & Thank Him" for being such a tremendous "Role Model" to all of his family, & his Community, which he served!! R.I.P Uncle Millard. Thank You !! "Missing You" !!!!

LouAnn (Mauller) Morrow

March 1, 2018

Dear Trois, Brad & John,
I was so sorry to hear of Dr. Hays' passing. He was a wonderful husband, father and friend. My most favorite childhood memories are of spending time with your family. I remember one time I was staying all night (while my mom was in the hospital) and was supposed to be in my room doing homework...instead I was goofing off with you...Dr. Hays came upstairs, ushered me to my room , shut Brad's & John's doors and said "Doors are for privacy". At the moment I was horrified, but I have repeated that so many times, I can't even count! It still brings a smile to my face :) Another memory I have is being at your house when you were picking out the color of a new pick up truck. One of the colors was yellow...and Trois ran through the kitchen holding the color sample saying..."how would this look going down the road?!" I honestly could go on and on...truly wonderful, happy memories with your family. You all hold a special place in my heart. Please know Dr. Hays was a special person and we are all blessed to have known him and called him a friend. Much love, LouAnn (Mauller)

Karen Witter Kleine

March 1, 2018

My sympathies to Trois, Brad and John. Great memories of a great man!

Kristy Schenkel-Piles

March 1, 2018

My dad, Gene Schenkel, bought my very first Quarter Horse from Dr. Hays. Pappy Dee saw me through most of my 4-H days, horse shows, and introduced me to Quarter Horse shows. Dr. Hays was well ahead of the industry back in the beginning of it all !!