James Hayes, 81

James C. Hayes, 81, Wabash, died at 4:29 a.m., Saturday, March 8, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was born Feb. 14, 1933 in Huntington, to Jay and Mildred (Steerhof) Hayes.

Jim was a 1951 graduate of Wabash High School and a US Army veteran. He married Patricia C. Burton in Wabash on July 13, 1954; she died April 8, 2013. He retired from Wabash City Schools and also served as a police officer for both the Wabash Police Department and North Manchester Police Department, where he was a former chief.  He was a member of the Calvary Chapel Christian Center in Wabash, where he served as a deacon. Jim loved to eat out, being around his family, and his cat.

He is survived by two children, Jim (Lynette) Hayes, Metairie, La., Vickie (Terry) Thompson, North Manchester; five grandchildren, Briana Thompson and Travis (Kristie) Thompson both of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jessica (Damon) Pecot, Ponchatoula, La., Melissa (Lance) Speights, Metairie, La., and Natalie (Cody Laborde) Hayes, Metairie, La.; six great-granddaughters, Aubrey Speights, Gracie Laborde, and Bailey Speights all of Metairie, Claire Pecot, Ponchatoula, Emmalynn Thompson, Cincinnati, and Hayesleigh Pecot, Ponchatoula He was preceded in death by his wife, and parents.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at Calvary Chapel Christian Center, 619 N State Road 13, Wabash. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave. Wabash, and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.

The preferred memorial is Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.

The memorial guest book for Jim may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Mar 10