Glenn Eldon Hayes

March 02, 1938 ‒ April 09, 2017

Sunbury, Ohio

Glenn Eldon Hayes, 79, of Sunbury went to join his mother, who he loved dearly, in heaven and his Lord and Savior on April 9, 2017. He was surrounded by his loving family at home when he left this world.

He was born in Webbville, Kentucky, March 2, 1938, the only child of William Glen and Lecta Marie Smith (Hayes).  He was a lifetime member of the Sunbury community and following the example of his Lord, never missed the opportunity to help others.

He leaves behind the love of his life, Becky Jo (Ott) Hayes, of 56 years.  He raised three daughters who gave him many smiles and gray hair. April Hayes formerly Wheeler,  Anessa (Jeff) Hill, and Alicia (Tim) Brenneman; 9 grandchildren, Jeffrey, Erin, Caitlyn, & Ethan Wheeler, Travis Hill, Taylor (Anthony) Sparks, Emileigh, Melanie, and Rachael Brenneman; 3 great-grandchildren Haleigh Brenneman, Anthony “AJ” Sparks, Jr and Owen Wheeler.

He is also survived by his sisters Mary “Katie” Grant, of Bradenton, FL, Betty Mayhew, of Sunbury, OH and Jeanette (Doug) Hall of Pataskala, OH.  He is preceded in death by his father, William Glen Hayes; his mother, Lecta Marie (Smith) Hayes- Compton, Joseph Compton, the loving man who raised him as his own, his brother, Larry “Delbert” Compton, and his sister Lenora Seville, and his friend Joe Bliffen.

He was an active member of the Olive Green Church of Christ in Christian Union, an associate member of the Manatee United Methodist Church, Bradenton, FL, Sparrow Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star, and the Aladdin Shrine, and a US Navy veteran. He owned and operated Glenn’s Marathon in Sunbury traveled the US in an 18-wheeler for PPG and Matlack and traveled the world with the US Navy.

He was known for his kindness and generosity, orneriness, his impeccable gardening skills; specializing in pole beans, homemade apple pies he made annually with his sister, and his uncanny ability to fix anything. He could be found at the Hub with his friends in the mornings except when the weather got too crazy in Ohio he would head to Florida to spend time with his family and loving friends there.

He had a love for life, his family and friends and his Heavenly Father.  His faith was strong and unwavering even when faced with the many challenges and difficulties that life sent his way.  He will be greatly missed by his family and all who were blessed to know him. Glenn was one of a kind and will live in our hearts forever.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. with Masonic Services 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. St. Rt. 61, Sunbury.  Friends may also call one hour prior to the funeral services  which will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday at the Olive Green Church of Christ in Christian Union, 12880 Olive Green Rd. at St. Rt. 656, Sunbury, OH 43074. Burial with military honors will follow in Sunbury Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Olive Green Church of Christ Building Fund and the Loving Hands Ministry, 9511 36th Ave. E., Palmetto, Florida 34221.

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  • Sharing in your sorrow
    and sincerely hoping too
    That knowing others understand
    will help to comfort you.

    My Most Sincere Sympathy,
    Ruby Nettelhorst

  • Sorry to learn of Glens passing, he will be missed here at sugar creek. He was a good quiet neighbor and a nice guy. It’s always comforting to know that someone dies knowing the lord. We will see him again.