Longtime Goodland, Kansas resident Joseph Dale Hayden, 89, died Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at Goodland Regional Medical Center.
Dale was born July 7, 1924, at Edson, Kansas, the son of Lulu (Bailey) and John Leo Hayden. He graduated from high school in Fort Collins, Colorado. From 1943 through 1945, he served his country in the United States Army Air Corps, flying 18 missions over Europe in a B17 Bomber and then returned to make his home in Goodland.
On September 3, 1949, he and Shirley Mae Walker were married, and they made their home in Goodland. He had retired from serving as a postal carrier. His memberships included First United Methodist Church, Goodland Elks Lodge 1528, Veterans of Foreign Wars—Lowell Coleman Post 1133, and American Legion Post 117.
Preceding him in death were his parents; siblings Ordie Hayden, Tony Hayden, Carl Hayden, Leo Hayden, Shelly Hoyt, and Elsie Hammer; and grandchildren Gary Lynn Luea and Levi William Hayden.
Surviving family includes his wife Shirley Hayden of Goodland; daughters Shyrl Luea and her husband Gary of Ellis; Susan Hall and her husband Chuck of Salina; son Bill Hayden and his wife Ronda of Hays; five grandchildren Zach Luea and his wife Emily, Shane Hall, Josh Luea and his wife Erin; Brandon Hayden and his wife Sara; Shala Koelzer and her husband Aaron; and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be Saturday, September 14, at 10:30 AM MT, at Koons Chapel in Goodland, with Pastor Dustin Petz officiating. Burial will follow in the Goodland Cemetery.
Friends may share their respects on Friday, from 3:00 until 7:00 PM MT, at Koons Chapel.
Memorials may be designated to Veterans of Foreign Wars—Lowell Coleman Post 1133, and may be left at the services or mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Ave., Goodland, KS 67735-1555.
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