Joe Hayes Sr., 72, passed away peacefully at home in Salem, Ore., after a long battle with cancer.
He was born in Woodson to Howard and Emily Hayes, the youngest of seven children.
He joined the U.S. Navy in 1957, serving for four years and another 30 years in the Coast Guard Reserves. In 1959, Joe rescued Rose Ida Poole from drowning off the coastal shores of Oxnard, Calif., pledging her everlasting gratitude, the two were married seven months later on Jan. 23, 1960.
After leaving military service, Joe continued in public service, working in law enforcement for most of his life. This began as a police officer for the city of Ashland, Ore., then in stints for the U.S. Justice Department, in Washington, D.C., and all levels of public law enforcement in the state of Oregon. He retired in July 1995. In his free time, Joe enjoyed golfing, traveling and reading.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Rose; sisters, Annabelle Craig and husband James, Donna Mason and husband Reg, and Bonnie Reynolds (deceased husband, Elvis); brother, Howard Hayes and wife Phyllis; sons, Alfred Hayes Jr. and David Hayes and wife Michelle; daughters, Lynnette Hayes and Leanne Barnhill and husband Rob; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by sisters, Betty Dickerson and Delores Roberts.
Per his request, no services were held. His ashes were released into the Willamette River, where he could return to the Pacific Ocean, where he first met Rose. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem, Ore.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Feb. 6, 2013