William “Bill” L. Hayes, age 80, of Gladstone, formerly of Marquette, passed away on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Lakeview Assisted Living in Gladstone.
Bill was born August 2, 1941 in Rapid River, the son of Lawrence and Gertrude (Laviolette) Hayes. He graduated from Holy Name High School, received a Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Michigan University and a Master’s Degree from Oklahoma State University. He served his country proudly in the United States Air Force for 20 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel before beginning a long second career in IT consulting. Bill was united in marriage to Anita Larson on June 26, 1964 in Orlando, Florida. He enjoyed scuba diving, riding horses and working on his farm.
Bill is survived by his wife, Anita of Gladstone; his son, Gregory (Mary) Hayes of Elmhurst, IL; grandchildren, Alina and Tyler Hayes; his siblings, Julie Moe, Phyllis (Jim) Steele, Maggie (Bill) Kline, Peter (Ann) Hayes and Michael (Heather) Hayes, his brother-in-law, Kirk Nigro and numerous nieces, nephews & cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Mary Nigro and his brother-in-law, Arnie Moe.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 23 from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Military Honors will be presented by the Gladstone American Legion Post 71 and the US Air Force at 10:45 AM. Memorial services will follow at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.