Dan H. Hayes, 80, El Dorado Springs, passed away peacefully Aug. 28, 2013, surrounded by his family.
Dan was born Nov. 23, 1932, to Ernest and Ireane Hayes in Holden. Raised on a farm, Dan played high school football. During that time Holden won the state title. He was known for his good humor, often a practical jokester. That quality never left him.
On Nov. 29, 1953, Dan married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Hancock. Shortly after their marriage, Dan served in the Korean War. Upon his return, Dan and Margie moved to El Dorado Springs starting his lifelong work in the garment industry. This was a career choice that moved them from Missouri to Utah, Washington and then back home to Missouri.
Pop had a love for the outdoors. While in Washington, he was in the Boy Scouts “Order of the Arrow” participating in many survival camping trips. Pop enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting or just listening to it rain. He shared that love with his children. He was a great story teller, a constant source of strength and was our hero.
After retirement, some of the best times of his life came with his friend, Leon Steward. The joy he had talking about their latest “adventure” always made you laugh.
Preceding Dan in death were his infant son, Danny Joe; his parents, Ernest and Ireane; his sister, Kathryn; and his brother Cary.
Survivors include his sister, Ruth Wagner – Texas; his beloved wife of 60 years, Margie – El Dorado Springs; son, Russ Hayes, and wife Susan – El Dorado Springs; daughter, Sue Biddlecome – El Dorado Springs; daughter, Lisa Harper, and husband, Dennis – Springfield; daughter, Pat Hayes – Springfield; six grandchildren – Jeremy Hayes and wife – Renea, David Hayes, Kalyn Carnahan and husband – Kelly, Megan Biddlecome, Ashley Hopkins and husband – Roby and Garrik Harper and wife – Misty; eight great-grandchildren – Branden, Derek, Gavin, Blake, Kelsi, Elliana, Kayliegh and Derion.
The family honored Dan’s memory and his wish by sharing stories and times of love spent with Dad on Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 5 until 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 609 South Main St., El Dorado Springs, MO.
Please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements were under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be left at: www.blandhackleman.com.