Robert Alan Hayes, 62, a petroleum landman, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
He was born in Kittanning, Pa., on Oct. 29, 1951, to Virginia K. Flenner Hayes and Dr. Sidney J. Hayes Jr. The family moved to Billings in 1959 and he attended Poly Drive School, Lewis and Clark Junior High and West High School, graduating in 1970. He was Montana’s all-around gymnastics champion in 1970.
He attended the University of Arizona on a gymnastics scholarship, transferred to Rocky Mountain College and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in business administration.
On June 12, 1981, he married Vicki Lynne Eastlick. They moved to Havre in 2005.
In the early 1980s, he began a career as a petroleum landman. He was a certified professional landman and belonged to the Montana Association of Professional Landmen and the American Association of Professional Landmen. He worked most recently for Northwestern Energy in Havre.
He was an expert carpenter and had worked on the sets for the movie “Missouri Breaks.”
In his younger years, he belonged to the White Stag Ski Club and the Red Lodge Racers. He served as a Special Olympics snowshoe coach and volunteer for many years. To raise funds for the athletes and their programs, he plunged into icy water at the Sub Zero Super Hero Polar Plunge in Havre. One year he dressed as Elmer Fudd and won the Top Costume Award.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Joseph Hayes and Grant Hayes; brothers, Sidney Hayes, Raymond Hayes, Thomas Hayes, Gary Hayes and Michael Hayes; and stepbrothers, Lee Rusch and Gary Rusch.
Services were Feb. 26 at Faith Chapel. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made to Special Olympics Havre, P.O. Box 7791, Havre, MT 59501.