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D.J. Bays

D.J. Bays, 43, of Carey, died at 4:23 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at Mercy Health-St. Anne Hospital in Toledo.
Born on March 4, 1977, in Lexington, Ky., he was the son of Gary D. and Louise (Anderson) Bays. His father survives in Carey. His mother preceded him in death.
Surviving are three children: Kayla Bays and Kaiden Bays, both of Carey, and Traiven Bays of Carrolton, Ky.; a sister, Kristan (Aaron) Prater of Carey, and Garrett Bays of Kenton; three nieces and three nephews.
D.J. graduated from Carey High School in 1996 and attended Heidelberg University for two years, where he was a member of the wrestling team. He spent most of his working life in the environmental/hazardous waste cleanup profession. It wasn’t only a job, it was his passion.
He enjoyed all sports, especially college wrestling and watching the OSU Buckeyes. He also enjoyed traveling.
His children were everything to him. He cherished every moment spent with them.
A private family graveside service will be held at a later date at Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with expenses and sent to Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay Street, Carey, OH 43316.
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