Alfred Joe Hayes Sr.
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July 1, 1949 - January 29, 2013
SALEM - Alfred passed away peacefully at home in Salem, Ore., after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Woodson, Ill., 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, Alfred 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 January 23, 1960. After leaving military service, Alfred 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, Alfred enjoyed golfing, traveling and reading.
Alfred is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Rose; sisters Annabelle Craig and husband James, Donna Mason and husband Reg, and Bonnie Reynolds; brother Howard Hayes and wife Phillis; 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 Dickson and Dee 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.
Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service and Oakleaf Crematory
605 Commercial St SE Salem, OR 97301
Published in StatesmanJournal on Feb. 3, 2013