February 4, 1933 - April 14, 2013
ELKHART — Jerry Duane Hayes, 80, of Elkhart, died Sunday, April 14, 2013.
Mr. Hayes was born Feb. 4, 1933, in Elkhart to Gerald T. Hayes and Alta (Phelps) Hayes.
Jerry worked at Boeing Aircraft as a tool and die engineer on the Boeing 747 and the SST projects in Seattle, Wash. Later, he and his family moved back to Elkhart. He worked in the mobile home and RV industries for many years in sales and engineering. He was an innovator in the design of mobile home and recreational vehicle doors.
He was in the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in Germany in 1953. He attended Tri State University in Angola.
He married Esther (Zeldin) Hayes on July 3, 1957.
Esther survives with their three children, Terry (Leslie Law) Hayes of Elkhart, Jamie (Keith) DePew of Jacksonville, Fla., and Romy Bouhadana of Columbus, Ohio.; a brother, Edmund (Beverly) Hayes; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.