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Obituary for William Coryell "Bill" Hayes

HAYES – William “Bill” Coryell Hayes, age 70, of Sparta, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, December 20, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Hayes; his sister, Janet Hayes Daley; father-in-law, Jim Faulkner Sr. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Janet; and of his children, Heather (Jon) Hauser, Becky (Jeff) Rozema, Ryan Hayes and Mandi (Cory) Morgan; his mother, Margaret Hayes, sister, Mary Jo Gunter; brothers, Bob Hayes and Don Hayes. Bill was a proud father of his four children, loved and was loved by his grandchildren, Brandon, Josh, Noah, Dontae, Sam, ShQuiz, Abigael and Sarah; and grand dog, Benji. He was also greatly loved by his mother-in-law, Mary Faulkner; in-laws, nieces, nephews and many great friends. Bill married the former Janet Faulkner on September 19, 1981 and they had 38 happy years of marriage. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 13, 1949 to Ray and Margaret Hayes. Bill grew up in Wyoming, Michigan and as a young boy watched Rogers Plaza being built, as it was just beyond his backyard. A highlight of his teen years was going with his Uncle Al and Aunt Amber on their boat on Lake Michigan from Holland to Charlevoix; that was an adventure he never forgot. Bill was employed at Steelcase in Grand Rapids for 39 years, retiring in 2011. In his retirement he worked at Beuschel Funeral Home. He moved to Sparta in 1973 and was very involved in the community. Bill was on the police reserve for Sparta Police Department for several years. He also served on the Sparta Village Council and Planning Commission. Bill was president of the Sparta Nursery Center and was part of the Town and Country Days Committee, organizing the Childrens Parade and fireworks. He was instrumental in bringing the Vietnam moving wall to Sparta. While his children were in high school he was the president of the Sparta Band Boosters. More recently he was involved in the Kent County Search and Rescue, working with communication and K-9 training. He was an active member of the Sparta Church of the Nazarene. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, (especially teaching his grandchildren how to fish), gardening and amateur (ham) radio. He loved his tomato garden and used them in making homemade spaghetti sauce and chili. Cooking and canning was a passion with making his own soups and was famous for his molasses cookies. A special thank you to Meijer Heart Center, to the compassionate and loving lung transplant team, nurses, doctors and medical staff of 5 Heart ICU. The family will meet family and friends at the Beuschel Funeral Home, 5018 Alpine Avenue, Comstock Park on Saturday, December 28, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. A Memorial Celebration of Bill's life will be held at the Sparta Church of the Nazarene on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. In memory of Bill, please consider donations to Kent County Search and Rescue, Sparta Church of Nazarene (Hand to Hand Ministries) and Spectrum Health Foundation (designated to 5 Heart).