Joseph F. Bays, 72, Noblesville, died Feb. 4 at Wellbrooke of Westfield. He was born Aug. 3, 1944, to Orville N. and Alma F. Bays in Noblesville.
Joe graduated from Lapel High School in 1962 and attended Great Commission School in Anderson. He proudly served his country at Ft. Sill Army Base in Oklahoma, studied math, English, and drama at Anderson College and was an active member of Alpha Psi Omega. Joe owned ABC Pictures, where he enjoyed photographing bowling tournaments, weddings and reunions. He was a member of Madison County R/C Flyers and taught model aviation in the summers at Noblesville Parks Dept. for many years. Joe memorized and presented James Whitcomb Riley poetry, attended Grace Church in Noblesville and enjoyed creating newsletters and websites. Joe was definitely a happy-go-lucky man who was always smiling and saw the best in every situation. He loved spending time with his family and was the most supportive and giving person.
Joe is survived by his wife, Sheila A. Bays, daughter Amy Kirsten Diedrich, sister Mary Catherine Bays, grandchildren Jaslin, Brielle and Leia and nephew Jonathan Bays. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Jason Gregory Bays.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Randall & Roberts Funeral Home to help the family with funeral expenses.