Farming Rural 12

Garnett M. Kays

July 13, 1940 ~ June 27, 2020 (age 79)


MARSHALLVILLE – Garnett M. Kays, age 79, passed away on June 27, 2020.

Born on July 13, 1940 in Mercer County, KY to the late Edgar and Emma (Burns) Kays, he was a resident of Marshallville for 52 years. Retired from Bender Loudon Motor Freight, he loved being outdoors mowing and working in his vegetable garden.  He enjoyed auctions, tractor pulls, collecting die-cast cars, trucks, and tractors, and was an avid fan of the Kentucky Wildcats.

Preceded in death by his great grandsons, Maxton and Solomon; brother James H. Kays, he is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lavone; daughter, Sue (Tom) Steiner of Sebring, FL; son, Wayne (Joan) Kays of Doylestown; grandchildren, Rashelle (Kurt) Korbas, Kyle Kays, Emily Kays (Ryan Berenyi), Amanda Tyson, Stephanie (Aaron) Mensink, Thomas “Tommy” (Elizabeth) Steiner; 10 great grandchildren; brother, Bobby (Edna) Kays of Doylestown; sisters, Helen Patterson of TX, June Ison of KY, numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery in Marshallville, OH with Pastor Jim Smith officiating.  Memorials may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses in care of the Zak-Thacker & Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown, OH, 44230.  Online obituary and guest registry are available at

(Zak-Thacker & Monbarren, 330-658-2211)


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Graveside Service
July 2, 2020

11:00 AM
Maple Grove Cemetery
Spruce Lane
Marshallville, OH 44645


To Family c/o Zak-Thacker & Monbarren Funeral Home
132 N. Portage St., Doylestown OH 44230
Tel: 1-330-658-2211

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