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People’s Funeral Chapel

501 North Douty Street, Hanford, CA

OBITUARY

James Michael Hayes

April 8, 1946June 9, 2019
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James Michael Hayes, Sr. 73 years old, born in St. Joseph, MO on April 8th, 1946. Died peacefully at home, with family, on June 9th, 2019 in Armona, CA.

James was raised in Leavenworth, Kansas. He attended St. Francis Xavier Catholic School and Leavenworth High School, Class of 1965. After graduation, he entered military service and served for 21 years, retiring in May 1986. Some of his accomplishments include: Good Conduct Award (5), Vietnam Service Medal (4), Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit (Gallantry Cross), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Medal, Letter of Commendation, Designated as Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Battle “e” Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. After “retirement”, he worked Civil Service for the United States Air Force at Edwards Air Force Base, CA for 24 years until health issues forced him to medically retire. Otherwise, I am sure he would be on track for another ‘retirement”. His passions were his family, working on jet engines, and watching boxing anytime it was on. We love you and will miss you very much. "Fair Winds and Following Seas"

He is survived by his wife, Maria, his two sons and daughter, James Michael Hayes, Jr., Angela Marie Hayes, and Shawn Patrick & Monica Joy Hayes, his ten grandchildren, Jaleena Mae, Marcelino Angel, Jonathan Peter, Anthony Michael, Andrew Phillip, Marina Lorena, Blake Andrew, Seth Joshua, Paisley LeeAnne, Nolan Patrick, his five great grandchildren, Nathan, Nathaniel, Isla, Makai, & Logan, and his nieces Victoria & Valorie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Brierly Hayes & Mary Jean Hayes and sister Patrice Hayes Willcut.

We want to send our appreciation to Veterans Administration Hospital/ Community Living Center Fresno for all the care you provided for our dad. Also, Adventist Health- Hanford physicians, nurses, and staff who made him feel appreciated and cared for during his inpatient stay. Lastly, thank you People’s Funeral Chapel for taking care of our family and our husband/dad/granddad, great grandad during this time.

  • FAMILY

  • James Brierly Hayes, Father
  • Mary Jean Hayes, Mother
  • Maria Gacita Hayes, Wife
  • James Michael Hayes Jr, Son
  • Shawn Patrick & Monica Joy Hayes, Son
  • Angela Maria Hayes, Daughter
  • Patrice Hayes (Willcut), Sister
  • James also leaves behind 10 grandchildren: Jaleena Mae, Marcelino Angel, Jonathan Peter, Anthony Michael, Andrew Phillip, Marina Lorena, Blake Andrew, Seth Joshua, Paisley LeeAnne and Nolan Patrick; 5 great grandchildren: Nathan, Nathaniel, Isla, Makai and Logan; nieces Victoria (Chris) and Valorie (Garrett).

Services

19 June

Visitation

5:00 pm

People's Funeral Chapel

501 N. Douty Street
Hanford, California 93230

19 June

Rosary Service

6:00 pm

People's Funeral Chapel

501 N. Douty Street
Hanford, California 93230

20 June

Graveside Service

9:30 am

Hanford Cemetery

10500 S. 10th Avenue
Hanford, California 93230

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Larry Wolford

June 17, 2019

Mike aka (Gabby) worked with me at the 412th Propulsion flight Edwards AFB for many years before my transition onto other ventures in the Air Force. Mike always displayed a happy outlook on life and was willing to work anywhere he was needed. If you haven’t figured out yet where Mike got his nick name Gabby. It was due to the fact that Mike would never stop talking at work, hence the name Gabby. I'm sadden by Gabby’s passing an pass onto the family my condolences.

Mack Richards

June 15, 2019

Mike and I were stationed together in VA-55 back in the late 1960s. In 1977 while I was on shore duty and living in government quarters at NAS Lemoore, I was surprised one day to see Mike and his family moving into the on-base quarters next to mine, and so we became friends and neighbors for a couple more years. Mike loved all things mechanical and the great outdoors. I remember one evening after work, Mike invited me to go frog gigging with him on the Kings River. He had a small aluminum boat and motor and he educated me on the finer aspects of frog-gigging. We had a great time catching a record number of frogs which we prepared, breaded and fried and ate when we got home later that night. I remember going to work the next morning and having my hands stinking from handling all those darn frogs the night before. After I transferred from Lemoore in 1980 I lost track of Mike and his family. A few years ago I relocated to Hanford. How greatly dismayed I was to learn of Mike's recent passing not knowing that we lived within a few miles of one another. Mike was a great man and a fun guy to be around. He always had a smile and seemed so happy whatever the situation. He will be missed. So long old friend. May may you have fair winds and following seas, shipmate!

Karen Beemus

June 14, 2019

I'm so glad I was able to meet you and pray with you. I know that we will see you again. I will do all I can to watch over Angela and your grandchildren. Rest in the Lord now.
Much love always and all ways! 💜

Karen Oxford

June 14, 2019

As a teenager I always felt like uncle Mike didnt like me or was just mad. A day before my sophomore yr started I got kicked out by my own dad. I started staying with Angela. Of course he was a hard working man so I only seen him on the weekends. Before he'd leave back to work he'd make sure I had lunch money too. Now that I'm all grown up and I know how it is to work a lot I know now he was just 1 tired man with a big heart.

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