William Hayes

William Hayes

William R. “Bill” Hayes, 64, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family.

A private family graveside service and burial will take place on Monday, March 23, at Esgate Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. A celebration of his life is pending at this time and will be announced at a future date. (Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster which includes mass gatherings. Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of this disaster)

William Raymond Hayes was born on June 16, 1955, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Raymond Louis and Lois Ann (Wentworth) Hayes. He was a 1974 graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married Leslie Anne Dorsey on June 7, 1975 at Salem Lutheran Church in Spragueville, Iowa. Two children were born to this union, Robert and Charles.

“Bill” worked as a mechanic, first in Odessa, Texas, then Preston and lastly Maquoketa. Additionally, he was a partner in Bob’s Auto and B & G Towing, as well as owner of Hayes Auto.

He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. He was an avid tractor and antique machinery collector, mainly of International Harvester products. He also enjoyed truck and tractor pulls and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Leslie Anne Hayes of Maquoketa, Iowa; sons, Robert (Christina Nie) Hayes of Sun Prairie, WI, and Charles of Maquoketa, Iowa; two grandchildren, Logan and Dylan; his father, Raymond “Rusty” Hayes of Maquoketa, Iowa; and a brother, Owen (Jean) Hayes of Monmouth, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lois Ann Hayes, on April 21, 2019.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a William R. “Bill” Hayes memorial fund has been established.

Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.