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Hayes, Thomas Holstein, age 87 of Germantown, OH and Tionesta, PA, passed away peacefully at his home on January 27, 2021 surrounded by his family after a 13 year battle with Alzheimer's. He was born in Middletown, OH to the late Robert and Mildred (Holstein) Hayes, graduated from Middletown High School and served in the US Air Force. Tom volunteered with the former Germantown Rescue Squad, was a board member of the Warren County Ohio Housing Authority, was a past president of the Franklin Historical Society and enjoyed traveling throughout the country visiting historic sights, national parks and camping with his family. Tom was a member of Christ United Methodist Church Middletown, Ohio and a former member of First United Methodist Church of Franklin, OH, participated in numerous missions, was part of the Christian Education Program at both churches, was a lay delegate to the West Ohio Conference, was active on many committees, and was a devoted Christian man who was always giving his time and had a passion for serving others. Tom retired from AK Steel after 30 years. After retirement he and his wife, Diane spent time at their log cabin that they named Legacy Forest in Tionesta, PA., they volunteered for the National Parks Services and traveled throughout North America, he loved nature and was an avid bird watcher. Along with his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his brother Robert Hayes, his sisters Barbara and Patricia Hayes, and Dona Hayes-McGraw. On December 21st, 1957 Tom was married to his wife who survives him, Diane (Anslinger) Hayes at Emanuel's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germantown, OH, he is also survived by his children T. Scott (Patti) Hayes Sr., Todd (Joan) Hayes, Nicholas (Jennifer) Hayes, Kristal (James) Tadlock, grandchildren Thomas Hayes, Jr., Charles (Mallory) Hayes, Tegan (Brett) Kelsay, Tessa Tadlock, Chloe (Kirby) Micka, Kindra Hayes, step granddaughter Katy Scearce, 1 great grandson Lucas Micka, 1 step great grandson Gavin Untersinger and his sister-in-laws DL Anslinger Grunwald, Phyllis Anslinger Moyer as well as numerous extended family members and dear friends. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 4th, 2021 at 2:00PM at Germantown United Methodist Church, 525 Farmersville Pike Germantown, OH. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30-1:30PM at the church. Interment immediately following at Germantown Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association (Information and link below).
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Diane and the entire Hayes Family, I am so grateful getting to spend time with Tom and Diane throughout 8 wonderful years during my time at Fort Frederica National Monument. Some of my happiest times were sharing stories with Tom. He was a consummate volunteer who greeted visitors with a warmth and humor that will always stay with me. We dubbed Diane and Tom the Volunteers of the Century and I am so thankful for all that you have meant to me and my family. Honorary grandparents to our kids and an inspiration for Julie and myself. We love you Diane!
Jon Burpee Feb 4 2021 12:00 AM
We were introduced to Tom & Diane through our work with the Sorg Opera House. Diane wrote once asking about accessibility. We chatted. I felt the Sorg could do one better and they became treasured guests of ours. We developed a warm friendship, lasting. It was a joyful honor to witness Tom light up during the concerts - something we will never forget in our hearts. Tom and Diane taught us to be better people. We are grateful. God Bless.
Chuck Miller Feb 4 2021 12:00 AM
From the moment you two pulled into the camper lot at FOFR, I knew something was amiss. Tom immediately set about constructing a garden to beautify the pad area. And how amazing it was! Every year, you did this, Tom. And the work ethic you both set at the Park was too high for any other volunteers to follow. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you both, and Tom was the best maintenance worker there. There was no such thing as parttime, it was fulltime the whole time. He had the kindest gruff heart. :) Diane and Tom's friendship has endured for 20 years, since those glory days at Ft. Frederica NM. I am so sad to hear Tom has left the earth he tended to so well. Forever loved.
Susan Georgion Jan 30 2021 12:00 AM
Diane, it has been such a pleasure getting to know Tom better after the two of you moved back to Germantown. It was always so nice to look out from the choir loft and see both of you sitting down front at GUMC. I would watch him enjoy the music during the service, sometimes probably participating a little too much for your liking. I was also glad that you brought him with you to our Sunday School Class. His joyful whistling made us all smile. Sadly, these past few years have been a struggle for him, as well as for you. You were an inspiration to me for how best to deal with adversity while keeping a cheerful attitude. We pray that God blesses you with strength and gives you comfort as you go through these next days, weeks and months. Karen Carmickle and Mark Heistand
Mark Heistand Jan 29 2021 12:00 AM
Thank you for your service to our country, our community, and God, sir.To the Hayes family, we are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
David and Becky Ewing Jan 29 2021 12:00 AM
Tom was a wonderful , kind and caring person. He was loved by all who knew him.The Patrick Hemenger Family. Pat, Joyce, Kevin & Drew
The Patrick Hemenger Family. Pat, Joyce, Kevin & Drew Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM
Scott,We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.Bruce, Jessica and Crichton Hughes
Bruce, Jessica and Crichton Hughes Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM
In memory of your father's love for nature and birds, we send you this with all our love and prayers.The National FamilyLynda Smith Swann
Lynda Smith Swann Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM