Thomas “Tom” R. Hayhurst

April 30, 1921 ‒ August 21, 2015

Marion, Ohio

Thomas “Tom” R. Hayhurst, age 94, of Marion, went to be with the Lord, Friday evening, August 21, 2015, at the Kingston Residence of Marion.

Tom was born on April 30, 1921 in Woodson, Illinois. He was the son of Harold R. and Lillian (Young) Hayhurst. He attended Woodson High School for 3 years and Jacksonville High School for 1 year. After high school, Tom had an extensive education that included schooling at the University of Illinois, Bellville Junior College, Kent State and the Ohio State University graduating with a Masters Degree in Education. He also had training in radio and TV transmitters and receivers and an international correspondence school.

He was a tremendous provider for his family. He served in several capacities and places over his working career, including serving as Vice President of Production at the J.F. Imbs Milling Company and later on shaping young minds by serving as a faculty member at the Knox County Vocational School where he taught electronics and industrial electricity.

Tom proudly served his county during World War II in the United States Army AirCorps. He was a Staff Sgt. in charge of the 4th Echelon Maintenance of Airborne Electronic Maintenance to new crews taking over fighters and bombers.

After his honorable discharge from the Army, Tom went home to marry the love of his life, Viola “Vi” Smith on September 10, 1945. Together they shared 67 years of marriage until she preceded him in death on March 2, 2013.

Tom had a deep faith and was a devoted member of the Mt. Vernon Avenue Church of Christ. He served in many ways over the years as Elder, Sunday School teacher, church treasurer and Missions Committee member.

He enjoyed being an Amateur Radio operator, belonging to the Marion Amateur Radio Club. He also collected coins and counseled boy scouts in the art of electronics.

He was a member of the Marion Senior Center and the Retired Teachers Association.

Tom will be dearly missed by his two children: Kay (Eli) Salinas of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Don (Tammy) Hayhurst of Marion; five grandchildren: Chris (Kristen) Keeran, Heather Keeran, Anthony (Stacey) Hayhurst, Tara (Mike) Roth, and Holly (Clayton) Hershner; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents including his step-mother Ethel Hayhurst; one infant brother and 3 half-brothers: Dean, Robert and Kenny Hayhurst.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday August 26, 2015 at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 East Center St., Marion from 11AM to 1PM; Funeral services will immediately follow at 1PM with Pastor David DiPietro officiating; Burial will be held at the Marion Cemetery with military honors being observed.

If so desired, donations may be made to the Mt. Vernon Avenue Church of Christ or the Kindred at Home Hospice.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the exceptional care that Tom received from the Kingston Residence of Marion along with the Kindred at Home Hospice and Dr. Mark Davis’ office.

The Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Tom’s family and your condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • Our hearts and prayers are with all of you during this time of celebration.
    I have nothing but wonderful memories of Uncle Tom and know that he is Heaven bound.
    May God Bless you.

  • My deepest sorrow for your loss and the loss of the last of the Hayhurst brothers and my uncle. A truly wonderful reunion in heaven now for the entire Harold Hayhurst clan of sons, wives and their mothers.

  • Our thoughts are with you at this time of loss. We always enjoyed Uncle Tom’s wit and quick responses to make us laugh.

    God Bless

  • I had the privilege of caring for Tom at Kingston. He was a delight to be around and I’m honored to have met him. May he rest in peace. I’m praying for the family.

  • I am saddened to hear of Tom’s passing, yet full of joy at his reuniting with Vi! Being home with His Lord meant everything to him, and his life was a living proof of God within. He was and remains an inspiration. May all of you left behind be comforted by his life and the knowledge of what he now experiences as his heavenly reward.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Hayhurst’s passing. He was a wonderful and caring “gentleman”. I worked with him for many years at the Knox County Career Center and kept in touch with him by sending him notes and birthday cards over the years and coming to see him every so often. He will be greatly missed. Anita

  • I met Tom when my parents moved into Kingston this past December. Whenever I would see him there, we would exchange pleasantries and chat. I quickly learned that he was bright, kind, and, most importantly, that he had loved his wife deeply and missed her very much. I will miss him–and I’m sure that many others will, too.

  • Worked with Tom at the Mt Vernon Vocational School and he was a good fellow who loved his job and did a great job at it. Good friend as well. We had a great group there and many have now passed and are at home with the Lord.