Raymond E. Hayes, 75

Funeral services for Raymond E. “Ray” Hayes, age 75, formerly of Ainsworth, NE were held Saturday, August 25, 2018, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Ainsworth. Reverend Georg Williams officiated. Graveside services followed at Bloomfield City Cemetery in Bloomfield, NE. Military Honors were provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4996 and American Legion Post 249. Raymond died Friday, August 17, 2018, at his home in Panora, IA. Raymond Hayes was born in Plainview, NE, on September 28, 1942, to Ernest and Lillian Hayes. He married his love, Marilyn Barnes, on August 30, 1969, in Bloomfield. The couple had two children, Michelle and Michael, before moving in 1977 to Ainsworth, where they lived for the rest of Marilyn’s life. He loved being a dad and a grandpa and he insisted everyone - family, friends, customers and strangers - call him “Pops.” Pops served in the Army in the late 1960’s and was stationed in Germany. After he returned, Pops got his certification to be a barber in Omaha, NE. He later worked at both the H&R and Red & White grocery stores in Ainsworth. Pops retired and moved in with his son in 2016. In April of 2018, the two moved to Panora, IA. Pops loved his family, the Huskers, bald eagles, singing Neil Diamond karaoke songs and traveling. Over the past few years he went on a tour of the Northeast, on a cruise to Alaska, to California, on a cruise to Mexico, to Maui and Kauai, Hawaii and to Denver. He watched every Husker football game and had been looking forward to the Frost era. Pops had so many things he would have wanted to tell everyone he loved. Pops spent almost every weekend with his grandkids and was always asking when he would see them next. He was excited when his granddaughter, Alexys, went to UNL for college and was in the process of becoming the first Husker of the family. He enjoyed watching Zander play football and wrestle for Glenwood High School. He was so proud when his granddaughter, Darrian, made the varsity track team throwing shot put. Pops loved visiting Michelle and Annie in Denver, even though they are Democrats. Pops especially enjoyed the fact that Annie is a chef because she always made him crazy good food. He went with them to HawkQuest in Denver, a rescue for injured birds of prey, and he loved drinking margaritas with his favorite ladies. He had just returned from a trip to Denver in July. Pops got to live the last two and a half years of his life with his son, and best friend, Mike. In June, Pops began working with Mike at Mike’s new NAPA store in Perry, IA. Just like in Ainsworth, Pops loved chatting with customers and was quick to brag about how proud he was of Mike and the NAPA store. But most of all, Pops deeply loved and missed Marilyn. Pops’s last wishes were to make this a happy time, with joyful songs because he will “be with Mom now.” Pops was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; parents, Earnest and Lillian Hayes; and father-in-law, Vernon Barnes. Pops is survived by his son, Mike; favorite daughter, Michelle and her wife, Annie; grandchildren, Alexys, Zander and Darrian; sisters, Jeanie and Joyce; mother-in-law, Arlene Barnes; and numerous cousins and other family members. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to HawkQuest, 12338 N. 2nd Street Parker, CO 80134. Brockhaus Funeral Home in Bloomfield was in charge of arrangements

Ainsworth Star-Journal

921 E. 4th St.
P.O. Box 145
Ainsworth, NE 69210
PH: (402) 387-2844
FAX: (402) 387-1234

Valentine Midland News

146 W. 2nd St.
P.O. Box 448
Valentine, NE 69201
PH: (402) 376-2833
FAX: (402) 376-1946

Gregory Times-Advocate

119 E. 7th St.
P.O. Box 378
Gregory, SD 57533
PH: (605) 835-8089
FAX: (605) 835-8467