William Owen Hayes, "Red," passed from this life on February 15, 2021, at his home in El Reno of natural causes at the age of 87. He was born July 23, 1933, in Marlow, Oklahoma to Viola and John Hogue Hayes. He graduated from Doyle High School, in Doyle, Oklahoma in 1950.
Red worked for Koch Industries, Wichita, Kansas for 15 years. He was a truck driver and safety supervisor. He drove his truck 1.3 million miles without an accident. He worked for many years in the Oil and Gas Industry. He was a meticulous record keeper and knew his job from start to finish.
Red was a devoted husband and loving father. He loved his family. He was a very loving, kind and generous person. Anytime there was a stranded person on the road, he picked them up and took them to his home. He then helped them to their destination. He was such fun to be around and always had a smile and joke for everyone. He married Maggie (Johnson) Hayes on September 29, 1950, in Marlow, Oklahoma. He married Naomi Ruth Hayes on June 7, 1980, in El Reno, Oklahoma.
William Hayes is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ruth Hayes of the home in El Reno, Oklahoma; children, Sharon Gray and husband Ken of Carnation, Washington, Nancy Pierce and husband Dennis of Mustang, Oklahoma, William O. Hayes, Jr. and wife Patty of Elk City, Oklahoma, Laurie Burt and husband Donnie of Guthrie, Oklahoma, Joe Archie Bruton and wife Carrie of Edmond, Oklahoma, Julie Phillips and husband Dwight of El Reno, Oklahoma; twenty-three grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-children; sister Doris Elmore of Lindsay, Oklahoma; brother Douglas Hayes of Ardmore, Oklahoma; and a host of nieces, nephews, and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter Linda Hayes, his former wife Maggie Jane Hayes, brother Ray Hayes, sister Darlene Davis and many other relatives.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Mobile Meals, El Reno, Oklahoma or Russell Murray Hospice. Condolences can be sent to the home 623 S Reno, El Reno, Oklahoma. The family would like to thank the nurses, aides, and staff at Russell Murray Hospice for their kind and loving help and support.
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