Floyd Galen Hayden, 82, a lifelong resident of Opolis, KS died on Saturday, May 16th 2009 at 2:25 p.m. at St. John’s Medical Center in Joplin, MO.

Floyd Galen Hayden, 82, a lifelong resident of Opolis, KS died on Saturday, May 16th 2009 at 2:25 p.m. at St. John’s Medical Center in Joplin, MO.
Family and friends were at his bedside. For 40 years he served as the postmaster of Opolis as well as a grocer, TV repairman, farmer and implement dealer.
Floyd was born on February 16, 1927 in Opolis where he attended elementary school.  He graduated high school from Carl Junction, MO in May of 1944.  His military service included a stint as an ambulance driver near Nuremburg, Germany for the U. S. Army after World War II. Floyd married Jeanne Smith on December 15, 1951. They were active in church and civic activities and were foster parents to 19 children during the years. During the 1980’s he was instrumental in assisting Robert Grebe in developing the Grebe Memorial Park in Opolis in honor of Mr. Grebe’s mother.  His interests included Ford’s, boats, ATVs, farming, fishing and contributing to the morning discussions at the Post Office.  He enjoyed playing guitar from childhood and was active in sports during his early years, especially baseball.  He thoroughly enjoyed his retirement, traveling, dancing and spending time with Betty. He is survived by three children; son Kevin and wife Amy of Paola, Kansas, son Brian and wife Sherry of Webb City as well as daughter Shirley Hamilton and husband Jason of Joplin. Floyd and Jeanne welcomed Shirley to join their family when she was a small child. Grandchildren include Tyler Hayden of Paola, Matthew and Amber Hayden of Webb City and Jordan Hamilton of Joplin.  His brother, Gould Dwight Hayden and wife Sherry of Sonora, California, sister-in-law, Cleona Hayden of Nyssa, Oregon and good friend and long time companion, Betty Ann Grisham of Pittsburg, Kansas.
Floyd was preceded in death by his wife Jeanne, daughter Stacey, mother Mollie Edna Bateman Hayden, father Claude Wray Hayden, brother Jack Wray Hayden and step-mother Flossie May Ross Hayden.                 
Memorial Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2009 at the Brenner Mortuary in Pittsburg, KS with Pastor Jeff Martin officiating.  Family and friends are invited to continue the celebration of his life at his residence in Opolis, where a potluck luncheon is planned.  In lieu of flowers the family asks expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorials to a fund the family has established to support community projects in Opolis. These may be left at the Brenner Mortuary, or mailed to The FG Hayden Memorial P.O. Box 111, Opolis, KS 66760. Online condolences may be left at www.brennermortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS.