development director dies
NOTE: Our condolences go out to the family of
Robert Hayden, who served as executive director of Huntington County Economic
Development from 1999-2002. Here is his obituary from the May 9 issue of the Huntington
Lawrence “Bob” Hayden, 83, of Bluffton, passed away at 1:25 a.m. on Tuesday,
May 7, 2013 at his home.
was born in Grand Rapids, Mich. on October 29, 1929 to Ray Archie and Evelyn
Marie (Higley) Hayden. He married Cathy May (McAfee) on August 17, 1984 in
Hawaii and she survives.
graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1947 and attended Grand Rapids
Michigan Junior College. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving from 1947 to 1950
with the rank of Midshipman. He was in the U.S. Navy Flight Program and
was an Engineering Major in the naval program.
was a member and former trustee of the First Reformed Church of Bluffton, a
member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and a former Boy Scout Leader. He was one
of the founders of the Bluffton Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. He was also a
long-time member of and donor to D.U.
had an extensive and impressive professional career; see attachments for
incorporation into the obituary.
addition to his wife, Bob is survived by two daughters, Kristina L. Hayden of
Laguna Nigel, Calif., and Jennifer M. (Jason) Knudson of Collingswood, N.J.;
three sons, Robert L. (Patricia) Hayden, Jr., of Flower Mound, Texas, Michael
E. (Diane) Hayden of Fallbrook, Calif., and John E. (Andrea Hofer) Hayden of
Weed, Calif.; a step-son, John M. (Jennifer) Langley, of New Haven, Ind.; a
sister, Nancy M. (Jeff Donnelly) Wolcott of Miami Beach, Fla.; a brother, James
J. (Kathleen) Hayden of Grandville, Mich.; 13 grandchildren, Brian Carter,
Michael Hayden, Maria Hayden, James Hayden, Melissa (Scott) D’Avanzo, Matthew
Hayden, Adam Hayden, Ana (Daniel) Aquirre, John Hayden, Jr., Zachary Hayden,
Riley Hayden, Jacob Hayden, Vienna Knudson; two step-grandchildren, Landon
Langley, Libby Langley; seven great-grandchildren, Isabella, Ashton, Emma,
Brayden, Ava, Daniel, and Nolan.
addition to his parents he is preceded in death by two sisters, Marilynn L.
Martin – 2009, Doloros R. Johnson – 1987 and by a grandson, Ryan Hayden – 2009.
hours are 2-8 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2013 at Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler
Funeral Home. Funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the
funeral home with calling one hour prior to service. Dr. Bryson Bell will
will be in the St. Paul Cemetery, Rockcreek Twp., Wells County.
memorials are to the First Reformed Church.
condolences may be made at www.thomarich.com.