VIENNA - Charles W. Hayes, 90, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014, at St. Joseph's Health Center following a brief illness.
Charles was born on Jan. 27, 1924, in Vienna, the youngest child of Edgar and Ursie Baldwin Hayes.
He was raised in the Fowler / Vienna area, and graduated from Fowler High School in 1942 while also working on the family farm.
Charles W. Hayes
As World War ll escalated, Charles made the decision at the age of 18 to enlist in the U.S. Army. He served proudly as a radio specialist and was stationed in the Pacific for several months leading up to the conclusion of the war.
After his discharge from the service, Charles attended Youngstown State University and later met his wife Doris Martin. They were married March 6, 1948, and started a family while living in Leavittsburg. They soon moved to Vienna where they lived for more than 45 years.
Charles worked for International Mill Service for more than 30 years before retiring in 1981. He began his career as a crane operator and worked his way through several levels of supervisory and managerial responsibility, ultimately becoming the regional manager for job-sites across the northern United States and Canada.
After retirement he was very active in the VFW, serving as commander for the Bailey Barto Post 7614 in Johnston. He was a 3rd degree Mason and recently received his 60-year pin as a member of the Copper Penny Lodge, F&AM.
He was an avid gardener and looked forward to planting and harvesting many varieties of peppers and tomatoes each year.
Charles will be dearly missed by his brother, Norman (Marjorie) Hayes of Ovieda, Fla., and his children, Peggy (Robert) Mercer, Kathy (Rex) Rager, and Charles (Cathy) Hayes Jr. He will also be missed by eight grandchildren, Shelly Peebles, Rob (Mandi) Mercer, Emily (Ryan) Petrick, Bucky (Anna) Rager, Rex (Mollie) Rager, Amanda Hayes, Becca Hayes, and Megan Hayes. His great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and other members of his large and close-knit family will also carry special memories of the man they knew as "Papa" and "Uncle Chuck".
He was preceded in death by his parents, two siblings, Frances and Raymond, and his beloved wife Dot, who died in December 2005.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Crown Hill Burial Park and Mausoleum Chapel, 3966 Warren-Sharon Road, Vienna.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the mausoleum chapel with Pastor Joel Dixon of Fowler Community Church officiating. Friends may also call Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11.
Memorials in memory of Charles may be given to the Fowler Community Church, 4665 Wilson-Sharpsville Road, Cortland, OH 44410.