LAKE ANN — Ernest Richard Hayden died peacefully at home on the lake, March 24, 2014, in Lake Ann.
Ernie was born June 6, 1947, in Detroit, to Nancy (Downs) and Richard Hayden. He married Betty Jean Dluzin at St. Alfred Parish, Taylor, on Feb. 28, 1970.
Ernie was a respected businessman and well known in the community. He and his wife owned and operated Ernie’s Mobile Home Sales and Service in Traverse City.
Ernie was a real character with a loving heart, he always brought a smile to your face. He was a caring man, a Good Samaritan, always helping others.
He loved the outdoors and enjoyed it to the max – fishing, hunting, boating and snowmobiling with family and friends. And, he was a good friend, a man of action, not just talk, a friend you could count on.
When you talked to Ernie you quickly knew that he loved his family. He adored his wife, children and grandchildren, and always spoke with enthusiasm and pride of their deeds and accomplishments.
He also let you know he was a Marine – once a Marine, always a Marine. He served our country as a Sergeant E-5 in the United States Marine Corps with a tour of duty in Vietnam.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Ernie leaves behind family and friends to cherish the memories of him. Family includes his wife, Betty; his son, Explosive Ordnance Disposalman First Class Brian (Reaghan) Hayden United States Navy, Destin, Fla.; daughter, Angela Hayden, of Lake Ann; and grandchildren, Hayden Vendeville, of Lake Ann, and Lauren, Keenan and Valen Hayden, of Destin, Fla. Family also includes sister, Loretta Hayden, of Traverse City; brother, Jim Hayden, of Garden City; stepmother, Jeanette Hayden, of Westland; niece, Laura Hayden; and nephew, Eric Hayden. Other family surviving includes sister-in-law, Pat Dluzin; brother-in-law, Stanley Dluzin; many aunts and uncles across the country; and several godchildren, including Dr. Sara Landes, of San Francisco, Calif.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. with a Scripture service led by Deacon Hoenscheid at 3 p.m., on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI.