Vernon Hayes, 90, passed away peacefully on July 5, 2017, while surrounded by family. He was born on Sept. 13, 1926 in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Frank and Edith Hayes. He joined the Navy in 1943 when he was only 17. He served on the U.S.S. Liscome Bay and was aboard the carrier when it was hit by a torpedo on Nov. 24, 1943. He survived the attack and later served two years in the Air Force. He was also an auto mechanic for the U.S. Post Office. He lived in Arizona for more than 60 years, most recently in Sun City. Vernon was a jokester who liked to tease family and friends. He loved to play the slot machines at the local casinos and often hit the jackpot. He loved John Wayne movies and even named his beloved Boston Terrier Duke. He collected clocks and had nearly 100 different types adorning his home in Sun City. Vernon was a loving father and grandfather. He'll be greatly missed. Vernon is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Wheat; son, Rick Hayes; and stepson, Glenn Riggs; son-in-law Gary Wheat; daughter-in-law Sharon Hayes; grandchildren Amy Campbell, Adam Wheat, Brian Hayes and Kim Homes; and great-grandchildren Devin and Grace Campbell, Nicolas and Ethan Wheat, and Ryan Holmes. Visitation will be held Friday, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., at Regency Mortuary, 9850 W. Thunderbird Blvd. in Sun City. A graveside service will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Sunland Memorial Park, 15826 N. Del Webb Blvd., also in Sun City.
Friday, July 7th, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Regency Mortuary
Saturday, July 8th, 2017 10:00am, Sunland Memorial Park Cemetery
Sunland Memorial Park