Alva Hayes Obituary

Alva  Hayes
Alva "Al" Hayes
Alva Hayes

January 12, 2005
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Alva "Al" Allen Hayes, 84, of Des Moines, died Wednesday, January 12, of complications of CBD (corticobasal degeneration), a rare, Parkinsons-like neurological disease. Services will be held Tuesday, January 18 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Des Moines, 25th Street and University Avenue, across from Drake University. Visitation and family greeting will be held the prior evening, Monday, January 17, from 5-7 p.m., also at First Christian Church. Cremation will follow services.

Al was born October 20, 1920 at Coon Rapids, Iowa, one of five children to Leonard and Violet Hayes. Al was raised on the family farm near Coon Rapids in Audubon County. He graduated from Viola Center School. He received a B.S.
degree in Agricultural Journalism in 1943 from Iowa State and a M.S.
degree in Technical Journalism from Iowa State in 1948. At Iowa State, Al was involved in the student newspaper, yearbook, and sports broadcasting; assisted as a student coach of the ISU baseball team; was President of the Sigma Pi fraternity; and a recipient of the Danforth Fellowship. He was a Bomb Disposal and Gunnery Officer on the USS San Diego in the Pacific during World War II (The San Diego was the second-most decorated ship in WWII, yet she never lost a man to enemy action. The San Diego, the first ship to enter Tokyo Bay during the Japanese surrender, hosted the surrender negotiations for later signing on the Battleship USS Missouri).
He moved to Des Moines in 1948, where he started a 38-year career with Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. He retired as vice-president of Marketing and Sales for the Central Division of Pioneer in 1985. He met Carol Jean Remus, a student at Iowa State, in 1948 and they married in 1949.
He was past president of both the Des Moines Advertising Club and the Des Moines Sales Executives Club. He served two years as chairman of the Ad Club1s Gridiron. He was a member of the Order of the Knoll at ISU. Al played semi-pro baseball with several teams in central and western Iowa and was a member of the Terpsichorean Dance Club. He was a past Deacon and Elder at University Christian Church (now First Christian Church).

His passion was golf - he made several golfing trips to Scotland and Ireland. He was a member of the Wakonda Club. He played in the 1977 USGA Senior Amateur Golf Tournament in Salem, MA. He also enjoyed snow skiing, hunting, woodworking, bridge, traveling, camping, model railroading, photography, gardening, and family activities. He was an avid Cyclone sports fan and contributor to the Iowa State Foundation.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol; two daughters, Susan Hayes Droegemueller (Wallace), of Plymouth, Minnesota, and Jeannine Sturgeon (Richard), of Ann Arbor, Michigan; one son, Scott Allen Hayes, of Menlo, Iowa; and four granddaughters: Lydia and Julie Droegemueller, and Alex and Annie Sturgeon. Al is also survived by his sister, Verlee Wright, of West Des Moines, and his brother, George Hayes, of Canby, Oregon.
Memorial contributions may be made to: The Iowa State University
Foundation, directed to the Greenlee School of Journalism at ISU, 2505 Elwood Dr., Ames, IA 50010-4648; First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311; or Taylor House Hospice, 3401 East Douglas Ave., Des Moines, IA 50317.



First Christian Church
2500 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Monday, January 17, 2005
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
First Christian Church
2500 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
11:00 AM


First Christian Church
2500 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Hospice Taylor House
3401 East Douglas Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50317