Stephen Paul Hayes

June 25, 1969October 17, 2013

Funeral services for Stephen Paul Hayes will be held Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Funeral Chapel of College Station, 2901 Texas Ave S. College Station, Texas 77845, (979) 694-8615, with burial following in Memorial Cemetery, 3800 Raymond Stotzer Pkwy, College Station, Texas. Stephen Paul Hayes was born June 25, 1969 in Conroe, Texas to Ronald and Peggy Hayes. Steve graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1987 and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1991 with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. He served in the Corps of Cadets as Commander of Squadron 7 and was selected as a Ross Volunteer. Steve married Melissa Rasberry on April 4th, 1992 and received his commission into the U.S. Air Force in June of that year. Steve achieved rank of Major and served 15 years in the Air Force as a C-130 Instructor Navigator. He was stationed at Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia, Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska and an assignment to the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs. During that time he served in Operation Joint Force, Operation Laser Strike, Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Commendations include Air Force Achievement Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and Global War on Terror Service Ribbon. Steve is preceded in death by his father, Ronald Hayes. He is survived by his 3 children, Courtney, Hunter and Garrett of Arlington, Texas; his mother, Peggy Hayes of College Station; his brother David and his wife Teresa of Kyle; his brother Brad and his wife Jane of Willis; and his sister Patti and her husband Paul of Round Rock; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Steve was fiercely loyal to his family, his friends, his country and Texas A&M, and he especially loved Aggie football. He enjoyed watching the Houston Texans, Nascar racing and going fishing. We all would have loved more time with Steve but knowing he professed his faith in Christ our Savior gives us great comfort to know that he was received into the arms of our Heavenly Father upon his passing, free of burdens or sorrows forever. One day we will rejoice together with him. You are invited to view our webpage and leave written condolences to the family at In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to The Former Students Association of Texas A&M University.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 23, 2013
  • Interment Service Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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October 27, 2013

Peggy: It seems that my hi did not make it to you along with my name, so I will try it again. You were school nurse when my four kids were around you. I always told them that they could find Ms. Hayes if they needed help. Thanks for all your hard work with the hundreds of kids you had around you. Seems like Steve followed your excellent example of caring about people around him. My daughter was proud to call him her friend. Our youngest son is now a Col. in the Air Force - also a pilot. Rignt now he is stationed in Algeria. You have every right to be proud of Steve. As a mother, I admire both you and Steve for your kindness in life. Respectfully, Paula Easton

Micky McDougald

October 25, 2013


We all are going to miss you. I am so thankful for the time we got to spend together in the last few months. You were always a leader and someone I was very proud to call a teammate and friend. Those memories will last a lifetime and I look forward to being reunited with you one day.
With the utmost respect,
Micky McDougald

Neal Duncan

October 24, 2013

Nothing but good time memories and hilarity growing up with Steve..not to mention admiration as a person and for his service. One crystal clear memory is of us playing soccer..maybe 10yrs old..I believe for the Strykers. I was never as good as Steve but definitely aspired to be. My thoughts are with his entire family...Steve will truly be missed...

Jon Hall

October 24, 2013

To Courtney, Hunter, and Garrett:

I'm so glad that we were able to meet today at your Grandmother's house.

I wanted you to know that the memory of your Dad is sacred to me and many others.

I pledge to you all my love and support for life to honor that memory.

If you need anything, I'm here.
Jon Hall (979) 777-7497

Shirley Doherty

October 23, 2013

Thank you for your service to our country, Steve. Now go "rest high upon that mountain" where your eternal rewards await you. May God bless your family in their loss.

Robert Tyler

October 23, 2013

RIP brother! You will be missed by your loved ones and Aggieland mourns our loss collectively. But we take great comfort in the fact that our Father has accepted you into His kingdom. Save a spot up there for me big guy and I'll see ya at midnight yell!

October 23, 2013

I am sorry to about the loss of your dear love one even though I did not know him I too have experienced the pain of losing a cherished one I know that he was honored and will be missed but God is their to give your family the comfort and support you need,and promises that you will see see him again.Isaiah 21:19

Christopher Rogers

October 23, 2013

I'm sorry I can't be with you today Steve. Please know I am thinking of you and your family today. I enjoyed celebrating life with you. I will forever miss your friendship.

Stacey Johnson

October 23, 2013

You will be missed and never forgotten!

Teresa Cogdell Lutz

October 23, 2013

May the Lord keep you and may his light shine upon you - Steve was a good man and a good friend. He will be missed.