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Lavern Milo “Buck” Hayden has gone to be with his Lord and dance with his life long partner where the music never stops. Born on the farm near Iowa Falls in Hardin County, Iowa on Feb. 23, 1915, he left his earthly home on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011.  

Buck is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Phyllis Lillian Weber Hayden; his parents, Lewis F. and Norma Bryant Hayden; and his sister Merna Hayden Clark.

He is survived by his sister, Mavis Hayden Miller of Canton, NC; daughter, LaBeth Hayden Pondish of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; son, Gary Hayden and wife Betty, of Sugar Land; grandsons, Matt Hayden and wife Ursula of Eagle, Colo. and Patrick Hayden of Edwards, Colo.; great-grandchildren Lucas and Amelia Hayden; and a loving extended family of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, at the Bellville United Methodist Church.

Buck was a tireless volunteer with the Methodist Men and the Austin County Meals-on-Wheels.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be sent to either of these worthy organizations or a charity of your choice.

Buck grew up on farms in central Iowa. In July 1941, he volunteered for service in the Army and was assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers.  He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant, and supervised a contingent of diesel and gasoline mechanics. His unit was deployed to the South Pacific, the Solomon Islands where they built roads and airstrips on Guadalcanal. 

Discharged from service, Buck and Phyllis settled in Texas City and he worked for Pan American/American Oil/AMOCO for 36 years. After retirement, they moved to Bellville where they made a new life with new friends and enjoyed the rewards of their hard work.

Knesek Funeral Home in Bellville in charge of arrangements:  and at 

Posted by Joy Neely



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