Billy M. Hayes

Feb. 22, 1925 – June 26, 2013

Billy Markwood Hayes, 88, of Billings, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at St. Vincent Healthcare Center in Billings. He was born Feb. 22, 1925, in Gering, Neb., the son of Benjamin and Margaret (Haney) Hayes. He graduated from Gering High School.

Billy worked as a heavy equipment operator in Scottsbluff, Neb. and as a welder in Gering. He married Virginia DeWitt in Sidney, Neb., in 1949. They moved from Nebraska to Lovell in 1985 and later to Billings.

While in Lovell, Billy was a Master Mason in Tri-Mountain View Lodge #35 and was a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program. Billy was a western historian and a stamp collector. He enjoyed the company of his pets and socializing with family and friends at the South Forty, where he resided.

Billy is survived by his sons Jerry (Connie) Hayes of Cheyenne and Alan Hayes of Torrington; daughter Linda (Jim) Elwood of Torrington; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Steven Michael Hayes and stepdaughter Sandra Offill Peters.

Graveside services for Billy will be held at West Lawn Cemetery in Gering at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel, and memories may be shared with the family at


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