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Merlyn Duane "Bud" Hayes

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Merlyn Duane "Bud" Hayes Obituary
Merlyn Duane " Bud" Hayes, 92, of Tracy, passed away Monday, August 6, 2018 at Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy. Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church in Tracy. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service - Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Merlyn "Bud" Hayes was born on a farm in rural Clarissa to Pearl Schmidt and Justin B Hayes August, 23, 1925, the eldest of 10 children.
He was baptized at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vesta, and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Eagle Bend.
Bud served his country in the US Navy during WWII from 1943-46 and was honorably discharged. He moved to Redwood Falls and was employed at the Ford and Mercury dealership. While there he met his future spouse, Iris E. Gaffney. They married June 5, 1948 and became the parents of four boys.
In 1965 Bud and Iris purchased the Ford and Mercury dealership in Tracy, which they owned until late 1991. Bud was very involved in his community and church. After retirement Bud and Iris spent their winters in Mesa, Ariz. through 2007.
Bud is survived by his sons: Bryan (Valerie) of Tracy, Dennis (Judythe) of Tracy, James (Carly) of Park Rapids, and Charles (Constance) of St. Louis Park along with 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Marlene Scharmann of Victoria and Shirley Hadley of Baldwin, WI and by his brother Gary of Browerville. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Iris and six brothers: Robert, Melvin, Vernell, Orville, Lloyd and Keith.
Published in Redwood Falls Gazette from Aug. 9 to Aug. 16, 2018
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