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Don W. Bays

November 22, 1960 ~ May 3, 2022 (age 61)


Don W. Bays, 61, of South Bend, IN passed away in his home with family by his side on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.  Don was born November 22, 1960 to John and Joan (Wettergren) Bays in South Bend, IN. Don was preceded in death by his father, John Bays.

Don is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Carla M. (Picking) Bays, who he married on July 10, 1982 in South Bend, Indiana.  He is also survived by his children; Jennifer (Tim) Gore and Brian (Brittany) Bays both of South Bend, his grandchildren; Conner Gore, Tanner Gore and Layla Bays; his sister, Sherry Ewing of Elkhart, In and his brother, John (Robin) Bays of Niles, Mi.  Don also had a lot of Nieces and Nephews that loved him dearly.  Family was very important to Don.

Don loved to hunt and fish and be outdoors.  He loved all Notre Dame sports and was a true Bears Fan!

Funeral services for Don will be held Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 11:00 am at Palmer Funeral Homes – Welsheimer North Chapel.  Friends may visit with the family on Friday, May 6, 2022 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at the funeral home.

Palmer Funeral Homes – Welsheimer North Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be left for the family at

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May 6, 2022

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Palmer Funeral Home - Welsheimer North
17033 Cleveland Road
South Bend, IN 46635

Funeral Service
May 7, 2022

11:00 AM
Palmer Funeral Home - Welsheimer North
17033 Cleveland Road
South Bend, IN 46635

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