OBITUARY

Walter Ermann Hays

August 9, 1939January 6, 2021

Walter Ermann Hays passed away peacefully on January 6, 2021 at his home with his family by his side.

Walter was was born in Erlangen, Germany on August 9, 1939 as Walter Ermann to biological parents Frederich Ermann and Margaretha Lemberger, who both preceded him in death. Walter is also preceded in death by brother’s Herbert Ermann and his twin brother Gerhardt Ermann and is survived by one brother who still resides in Germany, Heinz Ermann.

At the end of World War II, Major Miles M. Hays adopted Walter and changed his name to Walter E. Hays. Walter grew up in Killeen Texas on the army base with his father. He graduated from Killeen High School and married Carolyn Ann (Henderson) Hays with whom he had 3 children. The family moved to Houston in 1962 where Walter worked in the construction business. His true calling however was becoming a cop. In 1967, he applied to the Pasadena Police Academy, joining the Pasadena Police Department upon completion, where he served for 32 years. Walter retired as a Sergeant with numerous awards.

Walter E. Hays is preceded in death by his father Miles M. Hays and his first wife of 31 years, Carolyn Hays.

Walter is survived by his wife of 28 years Gail Lynne Hays; his children Troy Hays and wife Melissa, Lisa Lambright and husband David, Tanya Swanson, Shawn Golden, Tammie Williams and husband Eddie; five grandchildren Bryan Swanson, Heather Page, Michelle Racey, Taylor Hays, and Sarrah Golden; four great grandchildren Mason and Emma Page, and Brooklynn and Jax Racey. He is also survived by many in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends. He will be missed dearly by so many. Services will be at First Baptist Church in Pasadena, Texas on January 9, 2021 at 11am. Interment will follow at Grand View Cemetery. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the home health care providers Kiki, Lola, Loleta, and Village Hospice. They have become more like a family during this last eighteen months of Walters illness.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, January 9, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, January 9, 2021

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Rick Sulik

January 13, 2021

Sgt. Walt Hays was my Evening Shift supervisor for a number of years after I came over from the Houston Police Department in 1981.
Every officer respected him, and knew when things 'hit-the-fan' out on the streets, you could count on him to be your 'back-up sergeant.'
He was, to many of us, a true leader of men.
It was an honor, and a privilege to have known, Sgt. Hays, and to have worked with such a 'high-caliber' police officer, and human being.

Frank Glaze

January 9, 2021

Gail,
We’ve spoken on FaceTime a few times when Hannelore has called.
The first time I met the German arm of the Ermann family was September 2012 in Erlangen. At the time, Heinz and Rosie were still living in Erlangen so a small family get-together was easy to arrange.
I am attaching two fotos I took at the time. The fist shows (from the left) Hannelore, widow of Herbert, Ursula, widow of Gerhardt, and Heinz. The second was taken later on the same day and shows Heinz admiring a foto of Walter with a birthday cake. It looks as if Heinz was wanting to give his little brother a big kiss!
I never had the chance to meet Walter in person but I have only ever heard good things about him.
My thoughts are with you and together with Hannelore we will doubtless be speaking on FaceTime in the not-too-distant future.
Until then, take care and God bless.
Frank

David Hyde

January 9, 2021

Sgt. Hays was my supervisor on Evening Shift. I felt like he always had your back. I never called him Walt, well once I did when we were at a Houston Gamblers football game (USFL) with a bunch of guys from Evening Shift. He gave me a look like I had lost my mind. Everybody started laughing. I will always remember that time and the time he wanted to shoot me for trying to fix the brand new ambulance's spotlight and instead accidentally blew the fuse disabling the high idle. He was always Sgt. Hays to me. He sure will be missed by many.

C Miller

January 9, 2021

I worked with Walt for a number of years, both in narcotics and as patrol sergeants. He was a great guy and always made sure those he supervised did the right thing. My thoughts are with Gail and family.

Karin Schwarzfärber (Ermann)

January 9, 2021

Dear Gail and Family,
it is very sad to hear about Walter´s passing.
We are thinking of him at his place of birth in Erlangen (Germany) and light a candle for Walter.
Unfortunately, we cannot attend the funeral in person but our thoughts are with you.
May God’s blessings be with you all.
Remember in silent.
Karin, Helmut and Laura
Ursula and Werner
From Erlangen

Joan McCammon Walker

January 8, 2021

I knew Hayes as my Mother called him and She respected and loved him. My Mother, Lillian McCammon Billingsley was the secretary of the Narcotics Division. She called all the guys...” Her Boys”. They were great to her and she loved them all. May the Lord comfort his family and help you through this rough time. I’m sure She was there waiting to greet him in Heaven. My condolences, Joan Walker. ( little Lillian) p.s. I always thought he was the Best looking man.😊🙏🏼💕

Ross Eliason

January 8, 2021

There are no words to truly offer much comfort at a time as this but know that so many, particularly me, will remember Walt with admiration, fond memories, and the utmost professional respect as a fellow police officer; he definitely was one of the best! Gail, I have much admiration for you to have stayed by his side, taking such loving care of him under a very difficult situation; you are truly an Angel!

Jack Fry

January 8, 2021

I had the privilege and pleasure to work with Walt for many years. Walt checked all of the boxes for what a police officer should be. Walt had the respect of all officers and made everyone he worked with better. He will always have a special place in my heart.

Jack Fry

Pete Ringo

January 8, 2021

It is with great sadness hearing of my great friend, Walt's passing. He and I had some good times on and off the golf course.
Nancy and I express our condolences and prayers for you and family. God put your comforting arms around them.

Hannelore Ermann

January 8, 2021

Dear Gail and Family,
It was with great sadness that we received the news of Walter's passing.
Unfortunately, current circumstances do not allow us to comfort you in person, but please be assured that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
May God’s blessings be with you all.
Hannelore and Family

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