Author Topic: PO1 Kenneth D. Hayes, 78, USN, (Ret), Bonita – 10 April, 1145hrs  (Read 167 times)

John Gretzinger

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The family of Kenneth D. Hayes has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to be present to honor their hero for his service to his country.  It will be our privilege to do so.

Kenneth proudly served in the U.S. Navy 1960 – 1987 achieving the rank of First Class Petty Officer, E-6.  After graduating high school in 1960, he joined the United States Navy as a Radioman. Ken bravely served many tours for the Navy, including the Vietnam War.

After 27 years of service, Ken retired from the Navy in July of 1987. He received an honorable discharge and was always a patriot for his country. His Navy experience made him a perfect candidate for the United States Border Patrol, where he began a second career as a dispatcher in August of 1988.

Ken finally retired, for a second time, in March of 2012 after 24 years of service. Ken was dedicated to all his roles in life. His work ethic was undeniable and evidenced by his long careers in service to his country. With his strong faith in God, he loved, and supported his family by cheering them on throughout all of life’s ups and downs. Ken’s optimistic attitude was remarkable.

Ken is survived by his wife Meli; his children Josie Mitchell, Lynn Murphy, David Hayes, and stepdaughter Sherri Hayward; sisters Pauline Elder-Homes and Diana Larson; granddaughters Tina Payton, Meagen Murphy, Alexandra Hayes, Abigail Murphy, and Isabel Hayes; great-grandchildren Lyric Payton, Harmony Payton, Cadence Payton, and Jaxson Hayes Merten. Ken was preceded in death by his first wife, Teresita, and their 2-year old son, Thomas Victor Hayes. Ken will be forever missed and loved by all who knew him.

The family is requesting a flag line at the gravesite.  The Mortuary is on the grounds of the cemetery.

NOTE: This mission posting is to facilitate your voluntary participation in honoring this Military Veteran. For those interested, and all PGR are welcome, we will be staging a Flag Line for our hero and his family at his final resting place. Please see the time table if you would like to participate. For those who would rather go directly to the cemetery, we will meet you there.


Time Table for Saturday 10 April 2021

1145 – Stage at Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902

1210 – Mission Briefing.  After the briefing we will ride to the grave site for arrival of our hero.  The family will be at the grave site.

1245 – Flag line for arrival of our hero at grave site

1300 – Flag line for Military Honors and Funeral Service


R/C Lorenzo Lizarraga
SoCal PGR Regional Ride Captain

You do not have to be a Veteran or a motorcycle rider to attend this mission.  We encourage those who do not ride to attend in your car. If this will be your first mission go to the initial staging area and you will be briefed there by the R/C (Ride Captain).  Please feel free to attend any portion of this mission you can.  Please ride/drive safely.
John D. Gretzinger
MAJ, AVN, USA (Ret.)
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