Clarence Oliver Hayes Sr., 78, of Sabetha, died on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at the Crestview Manor Nursing Home.
He was born Sept. 13, 1939, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Ambrose and Leva (Ellington) Hayes. He was the youngest of nine children. He grew up in Sabetha, where he attended and graduated from Sabetha High School.
Clarence enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served during the Vietnam War. Sergeant Hayes distinguished himself as an exemplary Marine, earning the Bronze Star with combat V.
He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad and the Youth Center in Atchison, where he served as a Youth Service Counselor. He led a quiet and private life, but touched many lives. Clarence will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him.
Clarence is survived by his three sons — Tyrone Duncan of Hiawatha, Rodney (Angela) Campbell of Omaha, Neb., and Clarence Hayes Jr. of Wichita; his sister, Betty Martin of Atchison; grandchildren, Olivia Grace Duncan, Rakeem Campbell, Terrah Hayes and Kailyn Carter; great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Carter; and a host of friends and relatives.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Popkess Mortuary Chapel in Sabetha. Interment will be made at the Leavenworth Military Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Crestview Manor Nursing Home, sent in care of Popkess Mortuary, 823 Virginia, Sabetha, KS 66534. Online condolences may be left at www.popkessmortuaries.com.
The Sabetha Herald 12/13/2017