John C. Hayes, 88, a Northland resident and member of St. Therese parish, passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at his residence. John was born June 5, 1924 to Harvey and Nellie (Wallace) Hayes in Independence, MO.
John was a graduate of Northeast High School (1938) and a proud veteran of the United States Army-Air Corps. John served two tours during World War II (as a staff sergeant and B-17 aerial gunner) with the 301st Bomb Group (Squadron 352). After the war he worked as a fireman and postal worker before starting a career at TWA. John worked at TWA for 0ver 30 years starting as an electrician/mechanic. In October of 1959, he married Carol E. Hurstel in Miami, Oklahoma. TWA relocated John to Ethiopia in 1961 where he continued his aviation career as a flight engineer and instructor. He retired from TWA in 1983. John then went to work for Zambian Airways (five years) and finished his career in 1997 working for Hawaiian Airlines.
John was preceded in death by his parents and step-father, Floyd Pickles, wife, and a daughter, Karen. He is survived by his children, Madeline Hayes of Kansas City, MO, John Hayes of Springfield, MO, Mike Hayes of Kansas City, MO and daughter, Lesley Harvin and husband, Gregory Harvin of New Orleans, LA; four grandsons: Mike and wife, Melissa, Colin, Matthew and Sean; two granddaughters Anna and Lily; and a sister, Julia Pickles of WI.
John was surrounded by many friends and family including daughter-in-law Elizabeth Seymour. Other dear friends and family include Mary Paretta, Reid Flippin, Doris McChesney, Phyllis Schlotterbeck, and others too numerous to mention. The family wishes to extend a special gratitude to Alanna Seymour who served as John’s caregiver the past year and a half.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 18, 2012 at St. Therese Catholic Church 7207 Highway 9 Kansas City, MO 64152 with Rev. Kevin Drew as celebrant. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial of the cremated remains will be held at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Therese Church or NorthCare Hospice and may be left in care of the Meyers Funeral Chapel Northland, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152. Memories of John and condolences to the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.