Donald Lee Hayes, 81, of Richmond, Mo., passed away on January 19, 2017 at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Mo. He was born in Orrick, Mo., and lived most of his life in Northeast Kansas City before moving to Richmond, Mo., which he always loved the small town life.
Donald worked at Certain Teed for over 29 years, and with C. W. Marrs before retiring to live the good life. In his spare time, he enjoyed working puzzles, going on road trips, casinos, being with his family and visiting with people at Daddy’s 10-13 Diner, which was named after him and of which he was very proud of. He was also a great craftsman, he could construct and build anything.
Donald was extremely loving and proud of his three daughters, Debbie Gorman, Sherrie Davis and Donna Brinkoetter and her husband, Steve. He is also survived by his sister, Doris Waskom of Morriston, Fla., as well as his five grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and friends, as well as his two cats, Elvis and Buddy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Estel and Freida Hayes, one great grandson, Brian Lee Hayes, and an uncle, Billy Joe Stevinson.
A special thank you to the doctors and nurses for their care and support at Centerpoint Medical Center.
Memorial donations may be given to Ray County Humane Society, 200 South College Street, Richmond, MO 64085.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the funeral home with Pastor Nelson Holmes officiating. Burial will be in South Point Cemetery near Orrick, Mo.