Seward resident Dee Miles Hayes died Friday, April 11, 2003, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 84.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Seward Cemetery. He will be buried next to his wife. A gathering of friends and family will follow the graveside services at the Seward Senior Citizens Center.
Mr. Hayes was born May 26, 1918, in Erie, Oklahoma. He moved to Alaska in April 1971. He was a self-employed welder, mechanic, inventor, well driller and water witch.
He enjoyed building environmentally friendly power sources, including solar cells and magnetic powered motors. He had hoped to invent a perpetual motion machine. He also spent many years dredging for gold.
"His lifetime dream was moving to Alaska, and he really enjoyed his life here. The fishing opportunities and the friendly people made it the best decision of his life. He will be fondly remembered by his friends and family," his family said.
Mr. Hayes was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Elaine (Bays) Hayes, who died April 17, 1989, in Seward.
He is survived by his daughters and their spouses, Betty Benison of Cathlamet, Wash., Vivian and Tom Hagberg of Anchor Point and Deana and Dean Roadifer of Seward; son and his wife, Marvin and Carol Hayes of Atwater, Calif.; grandchildren and their spouses, Teena Kuller of Anchor Point, Debbie Kuller of Cathlamet, Kimberly and Bill Stock of Salcha, Merry Keene of Wasilla, Tasha and Ken Knapp of Atwater, Vandy Roadifer of Seward, Karla and Ari Schwartz of Flagstaff, Ariz., Martin and Sue Kuller of Cathlamet, Dale Kuller of Seward, Benton and Karen Queen of Mounds, Ill., and Brian Hayes of Atwater; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Deana Roadifer, P.O. Box 212, Seward, AK 99664.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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