William ‘Bill’ L. Hayes

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died October 2, 2021

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.

5 Tributes for “William ‘Bill’ L. Hayes

    I was blessed to be touched by Bill’s sweet spirit just a few times the last time being 2 weeks ago when we reconnected after many years, I cry for those hurting but rejoice that Bill is out of pain and reunited with love ones including his Lord. I thank God for the blessing of knowing him.

    Anita, Greg and family I’m so sorry for your loss. I will truly miss Bill. His laughter, wisdom and stories. He was one of my favorite clients for 25+ years. Rest In Peace Bill.

    I was so blessed to beable to get to know Bill while he was at Lakeview. Really enjoyed our talks. Sure am missing him.

    So sad to hear about Bill’s passing.
    My dad, Mike O’Connell was good friends Bill. He was a very nice man and my dad really enjoyed his company having coffee and talking.
    They refinishing a huge County plow truck that Bill would use to plow his road out on his farm. I loved going over to the farm and seeing his strange cows he had. God bless you Bill for being there for my dad. I’m sure he hopes to see you soon to have a cup of joe.

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