Former Heartland sheriff passes away

<font size="2">Retired Sullivan County Sheriff Bill Hayes</font>

A longtime former sheriff from northeast Missouri died over the weekend.

Officials say retired Sullivan County Sheriff Bill Hayes, of Milan, died Saturday morning after suffering an apparent heart attack.

The 66-year-old Hayes served as Sullivan County Sheriff for 20 years.

Prior to that, Hayes was a sheriff's deputy for eight years.

Hayes was a lifelong Sullivan County resident.

The funeral for Bill Hayes is set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Schoene-Rushmeier Funeral Home in Milan.

Visitation is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, also at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Hayes are suggested to the Milan First Baptist Church.


William David â??Billâ?? Hayes, 66 years old, of Milan, Missouri, passed away unexpectedly, Sunday, February 23, 2014, at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan.

Bill was born November 21, 1947 in rural Sullivan County, to Van L. and Thelma (Lunsford) Hayes. He married Cheryl (Dixon) Hayes, whom survives. Also surviving are: two daughters, Paula D. Schnelle of Independence, MO, and Kara L. (Eric) Adamec of Odessa, MO; 3 grandchildren, Whitley Schnelle, Lexi Adamec, and Kali Adamec;2 brothers, Larry (Joyce) Hayes of Milan, and Edwin Hayes of Milan; 12 sisters, Dora Mae James of Sedalia, Missouri, Betty Mullenix of Green Castle, Missouri, Doris (Ferrell) Harding of St. Joseph, Missouri, Sandra Sinclair of Milan, Helen Johnson of Red Oak, Texas, Lorna (Franklin) Bywaters of Donna, Texas, Carol Franklin of Chillicothe, Missouri, Sherri (Paul) Oder of Chillicothe, Jane (Joe) Anderson of Milan, Kathy Simpson of St. Joseph, Patty (Ronnie) Banner of Milan, and Jackie (Roger) Hoover of Chillicothe, many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by; his parents; 2 brothers, Gary Hayes and Bob Hayes; and 1 sister, Phyllis Oldham.

Bill was a lifelong resident of Sullivan County. He was a graduate of Milan High School in 1966. He enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserves, while also working for Jack Lawrence. He then owned and operated the DX station for a time. After that he started working with his family in the Hayes brothers Bulldozing and Excavating business. He also served as a Sullivan County deputy Sheriff for 8 years under Mutt Ward, then serving as Sheriff himself, for 20 years. He was currently co-owner of North Central Missouri Court Services.

Bill was a member of the American Legion Post #228, the Milan Elks Lodge, and the Missouri Sheriffâ??s Association and attended the First Baptist Church. His main hobby was working, but also loved spending time with his grandchildren, camping and riding four wheelers.

Funeral services for Bill will be 1:30PM, Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Milan. A visitation is scheduled for 6:00 PM to 8 PM, Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in Billâ??s memory may be given to the Milan First Baptist Church.