Kenneth A. Hayes |

Kenneth A. Hayes

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Kenneth Arthur Hayes, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend to many, passed away Oct. 23, 2013, following complications from a heart attack.

Ken was born in LaPorte, Ind., on Oct. 27, 1935. Ken served his country in the Korean War, earning the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, the United Nations Service medal and the Good Conduct medal. Ken moved to California in 1962, where he began a 30-year career working for the General Telephone Company. Ken and his wife, Janet Hayes, moved to Penn Valley in 2000 where Ken served as the chief groundskeeper and project manager of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Grass Valley, tending not only the grounds but also lending a hand to any parishioner who was in need. Ken retired from the church in 2012. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus.

Ken was an avid fisherman, hunter and horticulturist who delighted in helping others. His larger-than-life personality was eclipsed only by the size of his heart. There were no strangers to Ken — just new friendships to be made. Ken had a zest for life and gave his all and more to his family, friends and work.

Ken will be dearly missed by his wife, Janet, of 36 years; mother-in-law, Charlotte Barlow of Penn Valley, Calif.; daughters Lynne Riddle (Jeff) of Susanville, Calif., Tina Hayes of Rogue River, Ore., and Kristi Bolling of Yardley, Pa.; sons Micheal Hayes of Yucca Valley, Calif., Kenneth Arthur Hayes Jr. (Suzanne) of Mometa, Va., and Jerry Wingett of Laporte, Ind.; and the Barlow, Bergeon, Longdon, Parks, Bennett, Ramirez, Bruhn and Byrn families who knew and loved Ken as son, brother, uncle and friend.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Grass Valley or Mount Saint Mary’s Academy, 400 South Church Street, Grass Valley. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project ( or Mount Saint Mary’s Academy, 400 South Church St,, Grass Valley.

The family extends its heartfelt appreciation to the Penn Valley Fire Protection District (PVFPD) for the heroic efforts and care of Ken following the initial emergency call.

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