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William R Hayes, age 79, died at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.  He was born October 18, 1939 in Detroit, MI to the late William and Eleanor Hayes. 

Bill served in the USN from 1956-1960.  His many talents included woodworking, furniture making, matting and framing, and most importantly caretaking for his six grandchildren until they were off on there own. They will fondly miss him. 

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; his children, William (Ann),  Kellie Haines (Dan), and Michael (Julie); grandchildren, Samuel, Nicholas, Halle, Zachary, Madison, and Charlie; and brothers, David and Thomas.  

The family welcomes friends and family to celebrate Bill’s life on September 8, 2019, at Lowell Arts, 223 West Main, Lowell, MI from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

In lieu of flowers please donate to Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids, Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center, Spectrum Health Hospice, Lowell Arts or Shiawassee Arts Center, Owosso, MI.  

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  1. mike bryant on August 26, 2019 at 8:34 am

    I already miss Bill’s infectious smile and his wry sense of humor. Love to Rosemary and the family. R.I.P. Bill

  2. Elisabeth Carnell on August 26, 2019 at 9:26 am

    My most heartfelt condolences, Rosemary.

  3. Rita Bailey on August 26, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Bill, so very kindly, created a frame for the GRAM Docent tiles, displayed in the Docent lounge at the GRAM. Rosemary, I know you and Bill created art together, each very talented in your own right. Sending hugs to you, Dear Lady, during this difficult time. May Bill rest forever, in peace.

  4. Laura Madison on August 26, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Dear Rosemary and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. You and Bill made a great team at home and in the art studio. The love of creativity and sharing art making truly made you a special couple

  5. Catherine Cameron-Heldt on August 26, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    My sincere condolences to you all. Bill was a generous and talented man. Always enjoyed my time with him and his positive attitude. Peace to you all.

  6. Ed Dingo on September 1, 2019 at 10:21 am

    I had worked with Bill at the Owosso FD. He was a good, patient man, showed and taught a lot. Condolences to Rosemary and the family.

  7. Terry Bigger on September 3, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Rosemary and family: So sorry to hear of Bills passing. My sincere condolences. Great guy, good friend. May he Rest In Peace. God Bless

  8. Nick & Martha Ardelean and Family on September 5, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Rosemary and Family. It is with great sympathy and so many fond memories that we send this message of great hope for Bill and his crossover into eternity. He is truly going to a better place and although it may not be better for us we are all better from knowing him and your family. Such fine memories of the past and great times we all had together. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

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