Archie Leroy Hayes
Archie Leroy Hayes

March 14, 1925 - August 1, 2019
Born in Sheridan, Oregon
Resided in Albany, Oregon

Obituary

Archie Leroy Hayes
March 14, 1925 - August 1, 2019

Archie Leroy Hayes, 94, died Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Evergreen Hospice with family holding his
hands.
He was born in Sheridan, Oregon as the middle child born to Elijah (Pat) and Agnes (Mae) Wade
Hayes. They moved to the farm when he was five, by then sister Ethel had joined the family. His
childhood ambition was to torment his siblings, especially older brother John. Both siblings
preceded him in death.
His memories of his youth were idyllic. Over the years many stories were told of life on
the farm hunting, trapping, fishing and swimming in the Santiam River. His most treasured time
though was the time spent with extended family harvesting the crops. Family would arrive and
they would camp and pick beans. The evenings were spent eating pie and homemade ice
cream. That reunion is still a yearly tradition. If he ever had a hard day he would tell me his
memories of days on the farm were enough to get him through.
While still in High School he signed on to play for Cincinnati Reds as a left handed pitcher. His
contract wouldn’t start until he served his military time. His proudest accomplishment was that
he played in the minors, an injury to his pitching arm ended his career much too early.
He was an Army Veteran of World War II, receiving a Purple Heart. Recently he and nephew
John accompanied him on an Honors Flight to visit the World War II Memorial, a moving experience
for both of them
He worked at Veal’s Furniture until the closing of the factory, he was proud of the work he did.
He retired from the post office, because of his strong work ethic he was awarded employee of
the month several times.
He married Bonnie Campbell December 1969, she preceded him November 2017. She came
from a large family who loved and embraced him and he in turn. He is survived by Bonnie’s
sister, Edna Stam and many nieces and nephews.
Uncle Art could’ve, would’ve fished every day of his life. If you could hold a pole you were fair
game. We all remember some long days in the boat. His Pastor and fishing partner (one of
many) Rob Nelke is going to miss their time together. Oh and he didn’t eat fish!
He was an active member of Jefferson Evangelical Church. He was loved and respected by so
many people, always a joy to be around. A jokester and tormenter to the very end, if you knew
him you loved him.
He is survived by nephews John (Kathwren) Hayes and Ralph (Janet) Hayes of Albany; nieces
Sharon Hayes Boge (Lynn) of Salem and Elizabeth Wade of Ashland; sister-in-law
Lola Hayes of Albany. Lola and Archie knew each other 84 year, sharing a lifetime of
memories. Bob Waugh, a nephew, preceded him in death.
We would like to recognize Brookdale Assisted Living on Geary St. for loving him and Evergreen
Hospice for granting him such a dignified passing. Uncle Art asked everyone for a million
dollars and he finally found it at Evergreen Hospice.
A memorial service will be held at 130PM Wednesday August 14 at Fisher Funeral Home.

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Memorial Service
Fisher Funeral Home, Inc
306 Washington St. SW
Albany, OR US 97321
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
1:30 PM