He was born May 23, 1922, in Keller, Ind., as the son of Russel Hayes and Drexel Sterling Callahan.
Following graduation from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served during World War II in the South Pacific Theatre.
Following the war, he joined the U.S. Navy Reserves, completing a total of 37 years of military service. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
He attended the North Union United Methodist Church for 50 years and 10 years at the Fairview Christian Church.
He married Helen Amelia Hamilton March 7, 1942.
He was a journeyman electrician who worked as a construction electrician until his retirement.
He was a member of the IBEW 725, the Fleet Reserve, IBEW Retirees Club, National Rifle Association and National Muzzel Loading Rifle Association. He enjoyed gunsmithing, woodworking and his friendships with members of the NMLRA National.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister France Boldrey, brother-in-law Kennith Boldrey, niece Kathy Boldrey and nephew Rusty Boldrey.
He is survived by his wife Hellen, daughters Cheryl Harner, Wabash, Ind., and Jeanne West, West Melbourne, Fla., grandchildren Jeanne Jo Davis, Jackson, Tenn., Melissa Ervin, West Melbourne, Fla., Sean Harner, Wabash, Ind., and Kelly Harner, Wabash, Ind., great-grandchildren Wesley Davis, Blake Harner, Addison Harner, Austin Ervin, Alex Ervin and Grayson Harner, sisters-in-law Dorothea Puckett, Brazil, and Wege Zukunft and husband Carl, Terre Haute, niece Kay Ann Harris and many other extended family.
Services will be conducted at noon, Saturday, at Moore Funeral Home, with Pastor Gordon Nelson officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Clearview Cemetery.
Visitation will be 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Clay County Humane Society, 8280 N. CR 125 W, Brazil, 47834.
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