John Hayes
1934 - 2021
John Hayes
August 9, 1934 - May 24, 2021
Centre Hall, Pennsylvania - John William Hayes 86, of Centre Hall, passed away on Monday the 24th of May at Wynwood House in Boalsburg. He died peacefully in his sleep with family members by his side. Carol, his loving wife of sixty-four years, had preceded him in his passing.
Born in 1934 in Mill Hall, PA, John grew up in Bellefonte attending high school there and playing trumpet in the school band. Afterward, he attended Lock Haven State College for a year before being accepted into the U.S. Air Force in 1953 as an aviation cadet officer. After graduating from flight school at Greenville, Mississippi, he was assigned to the USAF Military Airlift Command and was stationed at Rhein-Main Air Base in Frankfurt, Germany where he and Carol were married in 1955. John and Carol would become the closest of companions and the absolute love of each other's lives. Over the next twelve years, John continued his service with the Air Force spending time in Germany, France, and Spain. His last duty station was at Charleston Air Force Base in South Carolina where he flew transport aircraft on combat support missions into Vietnam in 1967.
After having three children, it was decided he leave the service and return to Bellefonte to begin a new life. John worked as a manager at Mid-State Bank and also tried his hand at running his own business. However, flying was never far from John's life. Within a few years, he joined the Pennsylvania Air National Guard (ANG) in Harrisburg with the 193rd Electronic Combat Group, again flying as pilot in command. During that time he continued to fly corporately for Penns Cave, HRB-Singer and spent the last ten years of his professional flying career at Penn State University. John was honorably discharged from the service and officially retired from the Air Force with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He continued to fly privately for many years even owning several aircraft.
John liked to ride motorcycles, an activity he enjoyed going back to his youth. He was a member of the Centre Hall American Legion and belonged to an aviation club known as the Quiet Birdmen, of which he was very proud to be a part. He was also an active member of the University Park Airport authority for some time. During his later years, he and Carol enjoying driving their motorhome to Florida to winter there. He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Bellefonte for many years and enjoyed singing in the choir and later joined Trinity United Church of Christ in Centre Hall.
John was preceded in death by his wife Carol and his sister Nancy and is survived by; his children William, Steven, and Diana, his brother Barry, seven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter, all of whom he loved dearly.
The Kielty-Moran Funeral Home of Plymouth, PA has been entrusted with arrangements. We all loved him very much. God had truly gifted him with a sweet, gentle spirit and we will miss him always. A memorial service for John and Carol, to be announced, will be held to honor both of their lives which were filled with love and many, many cherished memories.

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Published by Centre Daily Times on Jun. 11, 2021.
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I first met John when he owned a Beechcraft at the University Park Airport. I was a student and worked at the airport to pay for advanced flying lessons. John was kind enough to let me rent his airplane to build flying time. I also became a member of the Quiet Birdmen and found John's name listed as a member in State College. A long phone call followed allowing me to thank him for his mentorship and he and his wife's hospitality. I later flew with the Pa. Air National Guard in Pittsburgh and met John at an airshow in Harrisburg years later. We will always remember his warm smile and quick wit. He was a true gentleman and a fine aviator. We will miss him. Blue skies and tailwinds john, Capt. George Alexander - American Airlines - retired
July 19, 2021
I worked with John at HRB in the Travel Office. He was a very good man and I have fond memories of him. My prayers for comfort for the family.
Marguerite Fink Gustkey
Marguerite Gustkey
June 13, 2021
Flying in the military as a pilot and flying in Corporate Charter which includes dealing directly with the passengers requires different attributes which John possessed. His professional and confident attitude was always reassuring to our customers. Carol was his ever supportive wife and best friend I might add. after he moved on we did not see them very often, but when we did the friendly welcome was always present. I am certain they are the Greeters in heaven.

Russ Schleiden
Former AirAtlanitic Airlines
Former Penn's Cave Aviation
Russ Schleiden
June 13, 2021
Fond memories of flights in HRB aircraft. Always felt safe and secure with John.
Richard Singer
June 13, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the family. Enjoyed John and Carol. We sang together . Prayers for all.
Linda Brown
June 11, 2021
Flew with John at HRB-Singer. Great pilot and honor to have known John...
Carl rudella
June 11, 2021
Our condolences to the Hayes family. We enjoyed both Carol and John during the years they were active in Penns Manor. They were great neighbors and contributed in many ways to our living here.
Nancy and Lew Rodrick
June 10, 2021
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