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William "Pappy" F. Hayes Sr.

June 19, 1927January 10, 2020

William "Pappy" F. Hayes Sr., age 92, of Fishers, Indiana passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020. Pappy was born June 19, 1927 in Indianapolis, IN to the late Mary and Patrick Hayes.

Pappy retired after 39 1/2 years from the Indiana National Guard. He was a member of Co. D. 151 Inf. Airborne Rangers. He received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, the Indiana Distinguished Citizen Award, and the Bronze Star medal.

Pappy is survived by; daughter Linda Simmons; and son Bill Hayes Jr. (T J); 4 siblings; 6 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Pappy was preceded in death by; wife Patricia Hayes; daughter Marty Crocker; son-in-law Alan Simmons; and several siblings.

A visitation will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 7243 E 10th St, Indianapolis, IN 46219 from 9am-11am on January 25th, 2020. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Pappy's memory may be made to Disabled Vets, 4601 Forbes Blvd., Suite #130, Lanham, MD 20706.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.feeneyhornakshadeland.com for the Hayes family.


  • Patricia Hayes, Wife (deceased)
  • Marty Crocker, Daughter (deceased)
  • Alan Simmons, Son-in-law (deceased)
  • Patrick Hayes, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Hayes, Mother (deceased)
  • Linda Simmons, Daughter
  • Bill Hayes Jr. (T J), Son


  • Visitation Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 25, 2020


William "Pappy" F. Hayes Sr.

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Bob Perew

January 24, 2020

Pappy recruited me into Company D 151st. Airborne Infantry over 50 years ago and he became my friend, mentor and confidant. Without his guidance, I would not be here today. May he rest in everlasting peace.

Russell Warren

January 22, 2020

Worked with Pappy for several years. He liked his cigars, his pipe, and his whiskey - he was a soldier's soldier.

Linda Hayes Simmons

January 17, 2020

Dad, you were and will always be my hero. I will never stop loving you. I’m so proud of you and the way you lived your life. God has you now.

With love from your daughter❤️🙏🏻🇺🇸

Jim Johnson

January 17, 2020

Pappy you were the glue that held us together, you were like my father. May the Good Lord hold this Ranger in the palm of his hand.

C Larry Rhodes

January 15, 2020

My first recollection of Pappy was that for some reason D 151 had two First Sergeants. Why? later I understood, Pappy's role was to make sure that each soldier was well taken care of and he as the person to do it. Sort of like an Army assigned Guardian Angel!!

In Vietnam, I can never recall a mission that he did not accompany the patrol from the movie theater stage to the Heli pad. PLUS, many a times he was on the Heli pad awaiting the arrival of an incoming team, especially if there was a contact. sometimes even with 2-3 beers in his hands.

He truly earned the name Pappy and has maintained that role for the last 50 years!!

Thanks Pappy!! may you rest in peace as the great Ranger in the Sky welcomes you on your final mission.

George Heckman

January 13, 2020

A great soldier,Master/leader of the TOC.It was my privilege to serve with Pappy!

Michelle Adams

January 13, 2020

I miss you so much already Grandpa! I love you!