Wallace Bert Hayes was born on July 12th, 1923, to loving parents Bert & Clara Hayes in Portland, Oregon.
He attended Creston School, Franklin High School, Berea College, Purdue University, University of Notre Dame, and graduated from Oregon State University in Mechanical Engineering in 1947.
After high school he worked for the Balfour-Guthrie Co., and later was a shipfitter in the Swan Island Shipyards. Following 2 ½ years in the U.S. Navy, he was an engineer in the office of Thomas E. Taylor for 20 years, designing mechanical systems for schools built in the northwest during the 1950s & 1960s. He worked in the office of Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill for a number of years. He enjoyed working at Tektronix, Inc. as a senior design engineer for a dozen years prior to retirement, working in buildings on the Beaverton campus that he had personally designed the heating & air conditioning systems for. ASHRAE Past President in 1957.
Mr. Hayes was married to his wife of 73 years, Dorothy Ann Barton Hayes, before her passing in 2019. They shared a love for dancing, travel, and engaging with their family. He is survived by his three children: Norm (and wife Peggy), Gary (and wife Vickie), and Diane (and husband Rick), along with 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
He had a philosophy of life that put his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren first - he came next. He felt he was reliving his life through his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was always interested in meeting new people and making new friends, and always wanted to hear their stories. He was a passionate storyteller who wanted to share the amazing places around the world he had been fortunate to visit first hand. His love for leaving notes will always be remembered fondly.
His service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021 at Riverview Abbey.
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