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Thomas Hayden 1925 - 2014

May 8, 2014
Emmetsburg News

Funeral service for Thomas V. Hayden of Emmetsburg will be held Saturday, May 10, at 11 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Peter Morlock will preside.

Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be Friday, May 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.

Thomas Vincent Hayden, the tenth of eleven children, was born on July 11, 1925 in DeSmet, SD to Rhoda (Archer) and James Hayden. Thomas graduated with the DeSmet High School Class of 1943 and then farmed for a time with his brothers near DeSmet. He earned a degree in Agriculture from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD.

On Aug. 7, 1954, he married Beverly Ann Bergheim in Howard, SD. After working awhile in the livestock feed industry he began a career of teaching vocational agriculture. He taught in Greenville-Rossie, Spirit Lake, Gillett Grove and Clay Central High School districts. During this time he enjoyed working with his students on various livestock and public-speaking projects associated with the FFA organization. He loved the Clay County Fair in Spencer and served as a swine judge at several local county fairs. He had many happy memories of fishing trips with his students to the Gooseberry Falls area of Canada.

In 1971 he moved his family to Emmetsburg and joined the Farm Management department of Iowa Lakes Community College. While there he taught swine production classes in both the classroom and college farm laboratory setting. During this time he also raised purebred Hampshire pigs with his sons on his farm west of town. He retired from the college in 1991 and later was honored with the title of "Professor Emeritus".

Following retirement he was able to devote more time to pastimes such as fishing, golfing and playing cards. Every year he helped organize a family reunion for his large, extended family. He looked forward to spending time every winter in Arizona and made several good friends while there.

Tom passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN after a brief illness. He was 88 years old.

Tom is survived by his wife Beverly of Emmetsburg; three sons: Dr. Thomas Hayden and wife Terri of Newton, Dr. Timothy Hayden and wife Pamela of Des Moines, and Mark Hayden and wife Julie of Moville; two daughters: Jane Hedge and husband Kevin of Fremont and Ann Pieters and husband Dr. Ben Pieters of Leawood, KS; 11 grandchildren: Kelsey and husband Bryan Henderson, Hayden and wife Jennifer Hedge, Hannah Hedge, Connor and Neal Hayden, Nathan and Eric Hayden, James and Joseph Hayden and Jake and Owen Pieters. He is also survived by two brothers: Robert and wife Carolyn Hayden and Patrick Hayden; many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: Archie, Alan, Jack and Frank; and four sisters: Mary, Freddie, Josie and Katie.

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