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Hayes Merlin Krentz, Sr. of Glenwood City, WI died November 11th, 2014 at United Hospital in St. Paul, MN. Hayes was born March 22nd, 1941 in Spring Valley, MN to Harold Harry Theodore Krentz and Ruth Ann (Vaughn) Krentz.

Hayes was the older of 2 children to Harold and Ruth. He was raised on a small farm in the country near Winona, MN and talked often of the one room school he went to in Minnesota City, MN until the age of 13 when his family moved to Lapel, IN. He continued schooling there until he graduated from Lapel High School in 1959.

After graduation, he worked for the local meat packing company, Emge’s. A short time after he met Patricia Ann Potter through a mutual friend and on December 31st, 1960, they married.

In 1965, they moved back to Minnesota, where he took on a job as a door to door milkman and later began what would be a 38 year career of long haul truck driving. This job allowed him to see many new places, which resulted in the family moving to Wisconsin, Colorado, and Utah. Because Wisconsin was his favorite place, he bought land and in 1988, he built a family home in Cumberland, WI.

Hayes enjoyed the outdoors. He loved hunting, fishing and working on the landscape of the land he had bought. Much of his time was spent planning and improving on this. He also had a passion for classic cars, able to name each and every car by sight and what made each car so special. Hayes kept a busy life, enriching it with horses, old time radio and music, but his greatest joy was time spent with family.

Hayes was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Hayes Krentz Jr. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia, his children Cheri (Gary) Rott of Glenwood City, Harold (Jill) Krentz of Beldenville, Joyce (Matthew) Lutz of Clear Lake, Karen Krentz of Woodville, Victoria (Mark) Gluege of Glenwood City, daughter-in-law, Daphne Krentz of Barron, sister Nancy Drinkman of Ridgeland, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.