Martin Boyd Hayes
1941 - 2021
Ott/ Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Inc.
418 Washington Street
Michigan City, IN

Martin Boyd Hayes, 80, entered into Heaven in the evening of Sept. 23, 2021.

Martin was born Feb. 22, 1941, to Lee and Mary Louise Hayes in East Chicago, Indiana. Martin was a proud graduate of East Chicago Washington High School. He enlisted in the Air Force to fight in the Vietnam War. While he was stationed in England, he met Riitta Junes. They married in 1967 and relocated to the United States.

He was a real estate broker in Northwest Indiana and Illinois. He was the proud owner of Hayes Realty in Michigan City, Indiana, and Quepos, Costa Rica. Martin was also a certified public accountant. Following his real estate and CPA career, he relocated to Michigan City, Indiana, where he began work at the Indiana State Prison as a Correctional Officer.

Martin was a hard working father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. He is welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven by parents; his brothers, Gerald and Ronald Hayes; and his sisters, Gloria Purnell, Yvonne Johnson and Mary Parker. Martin is mourned by his sisters, LaVoyd (Roy) Summerville, Patricia (Richard) Brown, Teresa (Robert – deceased) Samuel, and Carolyn (Charles Dunomes) Smith. Martin's legacy continues through his four sons, Michael (Jennifer) of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Erik (Carmen) of Lenexa, Kansas, Petri (Emily) of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, and Gerald of Michigan City, Indiana. He is also survived by his nine amazing grandchildren, Michael, 29, Kaitlyn, 25, Candace, 24, Kai, 23, Kelsey, 22, Kiira, 15, Hope, 8, Caleb, 5, and Mercy, 4; and one great-grandchild, Kya Kay, 1.

Martin was a devote Catholic and member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church. He also served as the Past Charter Grand Knight of Bishop Andrew G. Grutka Council of Gary, Indiana, former District Deputy of Abraham Lincoln Knights of Columbus, Assistant Color Commander of Abraham Lincoln Assembly, Lector, Commentator, Apostolate of the Laity Leader Race Council Against Bigotry of N.W. Indiana, Dunes Coalition Against Death Penalty (Pro-Life), Board of Directors of Michigan City Senior Center, and United States Air Force Veteran. He was very proud to have traveled to 20 countries throughout his life.

Martin's celebration ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church, located at 1506 Washington Street, Michigan City, Indiana. An open casket viewing will be held between 9-11 a.m. A Catholic Mass Funeral Ceremony will commence immediately following from 11-12:30 p.m. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, Indiana, is handling arrangements.

What a legacy, what a life. We will use our lives to share you with the world.

Contributions may be made to St. Stanislaus Renaissance Campaign, 1506 Washington St., Michigan City, IN, 46360.

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Published by La Porte County Herald-Dispatch on Sep. 29, 2021.
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9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church
1506 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN
Funeral Mass
11:00a.m. - 12:30p.m.
Ott/ Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Inc.
418 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN
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May God bless all the Martin Hayes family during this time. His legacy will not only live on through his children and grandchildren, but his relatives and friends as you all had to opportunity to be a part of his life, his adventures and his blessings. You have our deepest sympathy. Phillip and Diane Rice
Phillip and Diane Rice
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