Marvin Clyde Hayward
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Marvin Clyde Hayward passed away on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at the Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Saturday, January 4, 2014 at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery.
Marvin was born on August 1, 1925 in Waukon, Iowa and grew up in Independence, Iowa. In 1950 Marvin married Coletta Elskamp. They were married for 63 years. Throughout their marriage they lived in Greene, Iowa, San Francisco, California, Kansas City, Missouri area, Fort Myers, Florida and Urbandale, Iowa.
Marvin is preceded in death by his parents L. Clyde Hayward and Helen Mease Hayward, his brothers Paul and H. Dean Hayward. Marvin is survived by his wife Coletta, his son Jim (Mary) Hayward, his daughter Christine (George) Moore, three grandchildren; Grant Hayward, Anne Hayward and Bill Moore and a great grandson, Ben.
Marvin was an avid fisherman. He and his family took fishing trips to many locations ranging from Saskatchewan, Ontario, Cozumel and Hawaii and many places in between. His devotion to fishing started on the shores of the Wapsipinicon River in Independence in the early 1930's. In retirement, Marvin lived in a home on a canal on the Caloosahatchee River south of Fort Myers, Fl.
Marvin received his Bachelor's and J.D. from the University of Iowa. Marvin practiced law in Kansas City, Mo. His work took him from Jamaica to Japan and all four corners of the United States and many places in between.
The greatest experience of Marvin's life was his service as a Private First Class Rifleman - Bugler during World War II. Seventeen days after his 18th birthday in 1943 he entered military service at Camp Dodge, Iowa. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service. Marvin saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and was part of the Liberation of Luxembourg. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion.
The family will receive friends from 3-5:00 pm, Friday, January 3, 2014 at Iles Westover Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice in Johnston. On-line condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com.
Iles Funeral Home - Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road Des Moines, IA 50322
Published in Des Moines Register from Jan. 2 to Jan. 4, 2014