Jack Hayes, age 63, of St. Francis died March 22, 2019 at his home. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, April 8th at Horizons Church, 1503 157th Avenue NE, Ham Lake. A time for visiting will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
John B. “Jack” Hayes was received into Heaven by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, March 22, 2019. He died at home in St. Francis, Minnesota with his loving wife, Polly, and family at his side.
Jack was born on January 12, 1956 in Hemet, California to Rex and Lois Hayes who preceded him in death in 2003 and 2008. Our “California Bear” overcame childhood rheumatic fever to become an accomplished woodworker and cabinetmaker at numerous high-end cabinet shops, most recently at INTERSCAPES, LLC., where he was surrounded by accomplished woodworkers and loving, God-inspired teammates. Jack had a passion for fine woodworking, surpassing the heritage and skill of his father and uncles, and made everything with love and precision, including the beautiful oak caskets of his much-loved father and mother. He was a 1974 graduate of Onamia High School, Onamia, Minnesota.
Jack met the love of his life, Polly (Pauline) Ebeling, in 1996 and married Polly on May 31, 1997, becoming the grateful and loving father of Tracey Johnson and Ian Ebeling. Polly and her family brought such joy to Jack’s life – he tenderly loved them all. On Valentine’s Day in 2019 Jack wrote to Polly: “I love you without reservation and you are my destiny.”
Jack loved shooting sports, competing with brother, cousins, and friends in “Top Gun” competitions at the family farm in Hillman. Always the top scorer, he was known for his insistence on fair rule observance and strict firearm safety. He was a great athlete, always the best skier on the slopes, the best water-skier, and the friend who was always up for an adventure. He was a reader, inhaling mysteries, books on religion, self-help, woodworking, and politics. He was a life-long learner and books were an adventure and a tutorial. One could always have a great conversation with Jack. He was never at a loss for thoughts, words, and insights.
Well-loved Jack was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August, 2017 and suffered with his particularly difficult cancer for which there is presently no cure. He underwent a stem cell transplant procedure at the Mayo Clinic in Spring, 2018 which was not effective, and then underwent several different cancer chemo treatments with the help of his oncology team at Minnesota Oncology. But nothing was successful in stopping the spread of the tumors. We grieved with his oncology doctor, Dr. Ali, when she had to sadly tell him that his options had been exhausted.
At eight o’clock on that Friday night with the promise of spring in the air, Jack was peacefully called home by Jesus where he received rapturous greetings from his Lord, from father Rex Hayes, mother Lois Hayes, sister-in-law Glenda Hayes, mother-in-law Lucille Ahlman, father-in-law Gilbert Ahlman, and other saints in the family who have preceded him. He is survived by his loving wife, Polly, his son, Ian Ebeling and his family (wife Janna, grandchildren Logan and Lola), his daughter, Tracey Johnson and her family (grandchildren Levi and Grace), his siblings and their spouses and children: Rod Hayes (Judy), Barbara Bailey, Marilyn Phillips (Lem), brothers-and-sisters-in- law, aunts, cousins, and friends.
We will miss Jack’s non-judgmental spirit, his sense of humor, his pure tenor singing voice, his innate ability to mimic singers and humorists with uncanny physical and verbal accuracy, his devotion to his family, his Christian walk, his steadfast love for Polly and their children and grandchildren, and for his patient endurance during the long trial of his cancer. “Jack, you showed us grace and love in the midst of suffering and we love you now and forever. Until we meet again.”
“Precious in His sight is the death of His saints,” Psalm 116:15