William Hayes, of Antigo, died Friday, April 14, 2017 at Wisconsin Veterans Home in King. He was 70 years old. He was born on January 20, 1947 in Antigo, a son of William and Dolores (Berlin) Hayes.
He graduated from Antigo High School with the class of 1965.
He served with the United States Army in Viet Nam.
Following military service Bill worked as a machinist in Milwaukee. He returned to Antigo in 1979 and worked as a logger for his brother Archie.
One year ago Bill was honored to fly on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight to Washington D.C. and tour our nations war memorials.
Survivors include a brother, Wayne (Beverly) Hayes, Michigan; a sister-in-law, Cheryl Hayes (Robert Kalke), Antigo; three nieces Laurie Hayes (Glenn Anderson), Michigan; Nicole (Steve) Hayes, Gleason; Kelli Reissmann (Ryan Peck), Merrill; one nephew Kevin (Emily) Reissmann, Pennsylvania; one great nephew Evan Reissmann.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Archie Hayes; three sisters, Virginia Reissmann and two in infancy; a brother-in-law Donald Reissmann.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday April 20, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at Forest view Cemetery in the town of Vilas.
Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Bradley Funeral Home. The Antigo veterans will conduct military rites at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
I have such great memories of feeling like a member of the Hayes family when I was growing up . My mom and family stayed in the log cabin and we had such fun . I called him Billy because I was little and called his father uncle Bill . Always will be in my thoughts and prayers along with his wonderful family .
I have had two wonderful men in my life go to heaven. Those men were my fathe Freddie Kelly and my uncle/godfather William Hayes.
They say that there is a reason
They say that time will heal
But neither time nor reason
Will change the way I feel
For no-one knows the heartache
That lies behind my smile
No-one knows how many times
I have broken down ans cried
Praying this wouldnt be
How we said our laat good-byes
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