John "Jack" Hayden

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John “Jack” Hayden, age 90, of Elma, IA passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Mercy One in New Hampton. A Memorial Service will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma, IA on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM with Fr. Jerry Kopacek officiating. Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Elma. There will be a one hour visitation at the church prior to the funeral services on Wednesday. Online condolences may be left at Memorials may be directed to the family. Jack was born December 16, 1928 to Earl and Mable (Gleason) Hayden. He completed his education as a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School in Elma. Jack began his trucking career helping run his family owned Hayden Dray Line later becoming Hayden Truck Line. He spent the majority of his career hauling livestock and grain. In 1951, Jack was drafted into the US Army where he proudly served his country during the Korean War. He received his honorable discharge in 1957. On November 27, 1957, Jack was united in marriage to Kay Thompson at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma. The couple welcomed their children, Kim and Neil. Throughout the years, Jack was involved in his community serving as Mayor, councilman, and the fire department. He was a member of the American Legion for over 65 years along with the Alta Vista VFW, receiving his quilt of valor in November 2018. Jack was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Immaculate Conception Church. In the rare event of down time, Jack enjoyed playing and umpiring softball. He was an avid MN Twins, Hawkeye and Green Bay Packer fan. Playing games with his family was his favorite pastime. Those left to cherish Jack’s memory are his wife, Kay Hayden of Elma; his children, Kim (Rod Williams) Hayden-Hudson of Hiawatha, IA and Neil (Beverly) Hayden of Atkins, IA; 3 sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Merle (Lorraine) Hayden.

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  1. With deepest sympathy to the Hayden family. Jack was a great person. He used to stop at the Midland service station where I worked to get his Sunday paper. Always had a smile.

  2. I am sorry to hear this sad news about Jack. I`ve known him all my life. My Grandparents,
    John and Mabel Fogarty lived close to Jack`s parents in Elma for a long time. My last visit with Jack
    was at an American Legion Meeting last Fall where I was a guest speaker. Jack was honored that night for his over 60 years as a Legion Member, and awarded a Quilt of Valor. I never saw Jack that he didn`t have a handshake and a smile for me.
    Bob Fogarty, Elma I. C. 1953
    West Des Moines, Ia.

  3. My sympathy to all the family. The family was great to work for when I babysat years ago and good neighbors..

  4. You Have My Prayers & Sympathy During This Time Of Loss. I Have Lived In Elma 31 years & value the generations through the decades. Their Commitment To Family, Jobs, Organizations, Town Pride & Well Kept Yards & Homes. He Was Fortunate To Live A Long & Blessed Life. Find Peace Knowing He Is With God Watching Over His Loved Ones. God Bless.

  5. I am thinking of you during this difficult time. May God comfort you in the days ahead as Romans 15:5 says he supplies comfort and endurance. My deepest sympathies to the family of Jack. I am so sorry for your loss.

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