John (Jack) W. Hayes III

  • Died: October 6, 2018
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Pine Valley

1320 East Dupont Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Tel. (260) 426-9494

Tribute & Message From The Family

John "Jack" W. Hayes III, age 80, of Fort Wayne, IN passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne. Jack was born on October 5, 1938 in Roanoke, VA to the late John W. Hayes Jr. and Esther Grace (Root) McClain. Jack graduated from Jefferson High School in Roanoke and then continued his education graduating from Virginia Tech majoring in Business. On September 3, 1960, he married Joyce Gates in Virginia. Jack worked for State Farm Insurance for 61 years as both an agent and a manager. Jack was a member of Corps of Cadets at VPI, past president of both March of Dimes and NALU, and a board member of the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission. He and his wife are charter members of Life Bridge Church. He was on the Missions Council at Life Bridge and Fools for Jesus Global Tract Ministry. Jack was a boat and sailing enthusiast. He enjoyed traveling, short term Mission Ministries and was globally licensed with Four Square Denomination. Survivors include his spouse, Joyce Hayes of Ft. Wayne, Children; Cathy (Greg) Pitts of MI, Jackie (Denny) Keiser of IN, and Bill (Tracie) Hayes of VA, Grandchildren; Jessa (Greg) Osusky of CA, Ben (Brianna) Pitts of MI, Mitchell Keiser of FL, and Alexandra Keiser of IN,a great-grandchild, Graham Pitts, of MI, and a brother, Joe Hayes of NC. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 5:00-8:00pm at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park, 1320 Dupont Rd, Ft. Wayne, IN 46825. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 10:30am at Life Bridge Church, 12719 Corbin Rd, Ft. Wayne, IN 46845. Burial will take place at a later date at Riverview Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to Life Bridge Church Missions. To sign the online guest book, visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

Knowing you and Joyce has enriched my life in so many ways. I rejoice in the knowledge that you are with our Lord. But saddened that I can't get another hug from you.
Joyce you are in my prayers.
All my love,
Lana and Wayne Foster

Posted by Lana Foster - Fort Wayne, IN   October 24, 2018

John handled our company insurance and was always so helpful . He often prayed with me and for myself, the company and my husband who had prostate cancer.
I will keep the family in my prayers, I have joy in my heart knowing that John is with his Father in Heaven.

God's blessings to family and friends.

Karen Eshelman-Bohde

Posted by Karen Eshelman-Bohde - Fort Wayne, IN - Acquaintance   October 16, 2018

My heArt is hurting for Joyce and the family and yet my spirit is rejoicing for Jack. He was an awesome friend.

Posted by Janet Foreman - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   October 14, 2018

Joyce and Family we are so sorry for your loss. Jack made a great impact on our lives. We love you and we are praying for you all

Posted by Melissa Jaegle    October 13, 2018

May you have security knowing the dead will rise again for all those in God's memory.

Posted by Kathy Meyers - Fort Wayne, IN - Coworker   October 12, 2018

Our love and prayers go out to Joyce and family as Jack begins his journey to his new life. He was a good man and his smile will be missed by many. Len and Margaret.

Posted by Len and Margaret Thornson - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   October 12, 2018

Ken and I are sad to know Jack is not with us anymore, but rejoice that all this world had to offer him cannot come close to what he has in Heaven with his Savior, Jesus Christ! We will see him again. We are praying for Joyce and the family.
Love, Ken and Marvina Liechty

Posted by Marvina Liechty - Fort Wayne, IN   October 12, 2018

For all the years we've known Jack, he will be missed. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Gene & Sandy Bone - Carmel, IN - Friend   October 11, 2018


Posted by RICHARD WORMAN - LEO, IN   October 11, 2018

Sending love and prayers of comfort for all of the family.

Posted by Alisa Lewis - Family Friend   October 11, 2018

I am so sorry for your great loss. My prayer is that the Lord will comfort the family with His love and His promise of eternal life. You will see Jack again in a body that is perfect and pain free. God be with you as you walk this very difficult journey. Love, Chris (Yount) Lynn

Posted by Christine Lynn - Hollansburg, OH - Friend   October 11, 2018

I remember talking with John (Jack) at State Farm Meetings, Sorry for your loss.

Posted by Bill Collins - Indianapolis, IN - Coworker   October 11, 2018

We are deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Mr. Jack Hayes. I remember meeting him during my recent trip to the U.S. Our heartfelt condolences to his beloved wife and his family. Our prayers for all who are mourning his loss. May the Lord comfort the family .

Posted by Sunitha Joe - CFHC, Chennai, India   October 11, 2018

Brother Jack you were a precious brother and although we have not seen each other for almost decades accept for funny moments at a grocery store you will be missed in this life and by so many and especially by your beautiful wife Joyce.

Posted by Tom and Margie Peirce - Fort. Wayne, IN - Friend   October 11, 2018

Your depth of love for Jesus and Joycie were unending! Your caring concern for family and others was genuine. Your mission of sharing Jesus was your life purpose. All who know you were blessed.
You are loved and so missed but know you are celebrating in heaven.❤

Posted by Fred and Margot Gates - Salem, OR - Family   October 10, 2018

Dear Joyce,
My condolences go out to you and your family. May God bless you and help you and your family get through this difficult time.

Posted by Ladonna Woods - Fort Wayne, IN   October 10, 2018

Jack could light up a room the minute he stepped in! Always so complimentary & prayed for me and my family every time I saw him. We will definitely have another angel in Heaven looking down on us. Jack, you will be missed by many. Joyce, I pray that you will have comfort at this time in your life. What a great man...

Posted by Greg Brown - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   October 09, 2018

My thoughts and prayers to the family during this time. Jack was truly a born-again Christian and is heaven. There was never a time when I with Jack that he did not share his love for the Lord! We will miss you! Love-Wes and family.

Posted by Wes Estes - Chester, VA - Family   October 09, 2018

Dear Joyce,

Sue and I were very sorry to hear the news about Jack.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Many good memories will sustain you till you meet again.
May God bless you.

Posted by Norm And Sue Stuart - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   October 09, 2018

Please accept my condolences. Take comfort in knowing that God understands your pain and grief. Always remember to go to Him in prayer because he cares for you.
1Peter 5:6,7

Posted by kk    October 09, 2018

Oh, Jack. Your friendship has blessed my life. Our kids have fond, funny memories. Thank you for taking time to talk, encourage, and exhort. "Well done..." And Joyce, you are a gem. Love you.

Posted by Meleah Longenecker - angola, IN - Friend   October 09, 2018

Jack was the kindest, most caring man I have ever known. His light will be missed.

Posted by Richard Gates - Edwardsburg, IN - Family   October 09, 2018

Rest In Peace Jack! Your friends and family are in our thoughts and prayers!

Posted by Woody Wooldridge - Lynchburg, VA - Family Friend   October 09, 2018

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