Marvin Ray Hayes. age 84, of Delano, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.
He was born Oct. 13, 1929, in Montrose, the son of William and Mae (Matter) Hayes from the Fountain Lake area. He was one of six boys from this union, of which two are surviving.
Marvin attended school in Montrose, and high school in Buffalo.
He enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Fort Louis, WA and Fort Ord, CA as part of a hospital train unit.
As a youth, Marvin excelled in baseball as a pitcher. In the service, he also played on a baseball team as a pitcher.
He had lived in the Montrose/Delano area all his life.
Marvin worked as a farmer, machinist, and in the insurance business. He loved to do carpentry work, and remodeled his farm home. He also had a love for hunting and fishing.
Marvin enjoyed being surrounded by his family and friends, entertaining them by playing his guitar, mandolin, and Hawaiian Dobro. He volunteered to play at many care centers for miles around, and he loved his many friends who would stop and play for many hours. CDs of his music with friends will be enjoyed for many years to come.
Marvin will be deeply missed by his wife of 63 years, Carol; his children, Allen Hayes, Larry Hayes, Darlene (Earl) Stoll, Tim (Linda) Hayes, and Jeff Hayes; grandchildren Debbie Gilbert, Danielle Stoll, Denise Stoll, Kelly Hayes, Rex Hayes, Jason Hayes, and the late Brandi Hayes; one lucky great-grandson, Riley Noethe; and brothers Don Hayes and Frank Hayes.
The funeral service was Thursday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Montrose, with visitation from 10 to 11 am., prior to the service at the church. Military honors were provided by the Delano American Legion. Inurnment, at a later date, will be in the Kreidler Cemetery in Marysville Township.
Arrangements were with the Iten’s Funeral Home of Delano.