Jerry Lynn “Butch” Hayes, 73, of Eau Claire, left this world peacefully, with family by his side, on Friday Oct. 6, 2017, to be reunited with his parents.
He was born June 17, 1944, in Mondovi, the son of Nathan and Hazel Hayes. Jerry was raised on the family farm in Waumandee. He graduated from Arcadia High School in 1962.
After graduation, he worked for Dregney Construction as a construction foreman, building pole sheds. In 1973 he purchased a dairy farm in Davis Valley, Gilmanton, where he raised his family. In 1986 he began to work off the farm at Bee Forest Products in Mondovi. He had a long and enjoyable career at Bee Forest, where he retired in 2012.
Jerry was united in marriage on April 1, 1967 to Sharon Bauer. From that marriage came three children, Pam (Joan Romig) Hayes, Eau Claire, Scott (Mindy) Hayes Mondovi, Sara (Bill Kettle) Volkey, Janesville. They were later divorced.
Jerry will be dearly missed by his grandchildren, Bailey (Philip Emmerich) Hayes, Sawyer Hayes, Jensen Hayes, Madelyn Volkey, Brooklyn Volkey, Lucas Kettle, Dana (Julian) Handel, Jamie Isenberger.
He is survived by six siblings, Nancy Turk, Joyce Hayes, Jack Hayes, Luann (Richard) Rebahn, Diane (John) Marum, Brenda Marten; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nathan and Hazel Hayes; brother-in-law, John Turk.
Jerry was also very blessed with a daughter figure, Frances Anne Hebert (Tony Wohlers), and children Maddy and Emma Horner.
Jerry, beloved Dad and Grandpa, will be dearly missed. He loved being with family and friends at the lake in Bloomer, and spending time at the farm in Waumandee. He adored hunting and fishing with his grandkids. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and ability to build or fix anything. But most of all he will be remembered for his kindness. He was a very giving man.
A memorial gathering will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Talbot Family Funeral Home, Mondovi, beginning at 4 p.m., ending with a prayer service at 7 p.m. with Chaplain Gary Preston officiating. Inurnment will be held at Riverside Lutheran Cemetery on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m.
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