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Kenneth W. Hayes

Kenneth W. Hayes, 83, of Benham passed away at 4:45pm, Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at his home. He was born near Benham on March 19, 1938, the son of Wilkie and Jessie Niles Hayes. He was married to Gladys Steele on March 22, 1958 and his wife of 63 years survives.


Other survivors include two daughters LaDonna (Philip) Kessen of Washington and Vickie (Mark) Kessen of Benham; two sons Gary (Tracy) Hayes of Benham, and Ron (Shannon) Hayes of Sunman; 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Dennis Hayes.


Mr. Hayes was a 1956 graduate of Cross Plains High School and was a 44 year employee of Bonn Aluminum in Greensburg where he worked as a machinist. Kenneth was a lifelong member of the Concord Wesleyan Church.


Kenneth’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, August 7th at 1pm at the Concord Wesleyan Church with visitation beginning at 11am. Memorials may be given to the church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.