Funeral services for Stephen Paul Hayes will be held Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Funeral Chapel of College Station, 2901 Texas Ave S. College Station, Texas 77845, (979) 694-8615, with burial following in Memorial Cemetery, 3800 Raymond Stotzer Pkwy, College Station, Texas. Stephen Paul Hayes was born June 25, 1969 in Conroe, Texas to Ronald and Peggy Hayes. Steve graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1987 and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1991 with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. He served in the Corps of Cadets as Commander of Squadron 7 and was selected as a Ross Volunteer. Steve married Melissa Rasberry on April 4th, 1992 and received his commission into the U.S. Air Force in June of that year. Steve achieved rank of Major and served 15 years in the Air Force as a C-130 Instructor Navigator. He was stationed at Robbins Air Force Base in Georgia, Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska and an assignment to the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs. During that time he served in Operation Joint Force, Operation Laser Strike, Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Commendations include Air Force Achievement Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and Global War on Terror Service Ribbon. Steve is preceded in death by his father, Ronald Hayes. He is survived by his 3 children, Courtney, Hunter and Garrett of Arlington, Texas; his mother, Peggy Hayes of College Station; his brother David and his wife Teresa of Kyle; his brother Brad and his wife Jane of Willis; and his sister Patti and her husband Paul of Round Rock; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Steve was fiercely loyal to his family, his friends, his country and Texas A&M, and he especially loved Aggie football. He enjoyed watching the Houston Texans, Nascar racing and going fishing. We all would have loved more time with Steve but knowing he professed his faith in Christ our Savior gives us great comfort to know that he was received into the arms of our Heavenly Father upon his passing, free of burdens or sorrows forever. One day we will rejoice together with him. You are invited to view our webpage and leave written condolences to the family at www.cashnerconroe.com.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to The Former Students Association of Texas A&M University. http://www.aggienetwork.com/giving/