John Gerald Hayes, 65, died March 23, 2013, at Newton Medical Center in Newton.

He was born on Dec. 9, 1947, to Helen Blanche (Cade) and Orfis Glen Hayes in Newton.

John married Frances J. Ainsworth on May 14, 1965, in El Dorado. He held a church membership with St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Newton.

John will be remembered and cherished as a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend. Most of us will remember him as a hardworking man! He began his lifelong trait in 1965 as a floor-covering installer, which he took pride in and did to perfection. He passed this amazing trait onto his oldest son, who will carry it on in his name. Through this, he gave everything he could and had to his family, and left very little for himself.

He will leave us all with a memory of his amazing work ethic, a sense of humor that is beyond unique, an infallible honesty, and never failed to make a lasting impression with everyone he met. One of his signature traits was giving nicknames that were individualized to those he loved!?We love you "Johnny Good Time."

John was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Frances, Newton; two sons, Brandon Hayes, Newton, and Jason Hayes, San Antonio, Texas; two daughters, Shawn Hayes, Newton, and LeeAnna Hayes-Martinez, Hesston; three brothers, Richard Hayes, Newton, Robert (Karol) Hayes, Bremerton, Wash., and Donald Hayes, Newton; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Saturday, March 30, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home and also Sunday, March 31, from 4 to 8 p.m., with the family greeting visitors at this time.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be on Monday, April 1, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Father James Mainzer presiding.

Funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Father James Mainzer will be presiding.

Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Newton.

Memorial contributions may be sent to John G. Hayes Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home at 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.

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Broadway Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.