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LAKELAND - Vernon O. Hayes, 90, formerly of Traverse City, MI, passed away at home in Lakeland on Jan. 4, 2013 due to natural causes.
Born in Michigan, Mr. Hayes worked for over 30 years with the William E. Wright Co. as a salesman selling products and notions for the sewing business. He entered the US Army at 19 years old, and served during World War II with the 47th Armored Battalion, and was part of the group that liberated Paris. In December of 2012, he received a letter from the French government awarding him the Legion of Honor Medal for his participation.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara; two sons Scott R. Hayes and Grant L. Hayes, a daughter Isabel C. Hayes, five grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, 5245 US 98 N., Lakeland. Friends and neighbors are invited to the visitation being held from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.
Published in Ledger from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2013