Travis Gustav Hayes
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Travis Gustav Hayes, age 21, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Thursday, August 14, 2014 as the result of a car accident west of Yankton.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton provided by the Sioux City Gospel Hall. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, August 18, 2014, at the Wintz and Ray Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the funeral on Tuesday.

Pallbearers are Tyson Hayes, Ersel Hayes, Nathaniel Hayes, Charles Hayes, Cory Venables, Tyler Rauscher, Robert Lindsay, Ryan Olson, and Dennis Olson. Honorary pallbearers are Kamaria Hayes, Melissa Hayes, Miranda Olson, Jill Ristau, and Shelby Jansen.

Travis was born August 31, 1992 in Sioux City, Iowa to Ersel Roosevelt Hayes and Mary Olson. He grew up in Yankton, South Dakota and attended Webster Elementary, Yankton Middle School and then graduated from West Central High School in Hartford, South Dakota in 2010. He moved back to Yankton and worked at McDonald's, Taco John's and most recently at Lewis & Clark Ford. Throughout those years he would also help his mother, Mary, driving for River City Cab.

Travis loved fishing, playing basketball, music, dancing, but most of all hanging out with his brothers and friends. He had a heart of gold and was always looking out for everyone else. He could always make you feel better by his great smile. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Olson of Yankton; four brothers: Tyson Hayes of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Ersel (Jessica) Hayes of Yankton; Nathaniel Hayes of Yankton; and Charles Hayes of Yankton; two sisters: Melissa Hayes of El Dorado, Arkansas and Kamaria Hayes of Yankton; 19 nieces and nephews; two beloved pets: Taz and Baloo; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ersel Roosevelt Hayes; paternal grandparents, Sam and Betty Hayes, maternal grandparents, Charles and Dorothy Olson; two uncles, David Hayes and Ron Wood; and cousin, Daniel Williams.

Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.

To the Hayes family -"What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose; All that we love deeply, becomes a part of us." I can certainly say that I enjoyed watching Travis grow from the smiling little 4th grader to the handsome young man he became. Always respectful of me as one of the mom's, yet somehow he unknowingly reminded me to never forget to have fun. His infectious smile will stay in my heart forever. Travis buddy, you are already missed, and will never be forgotten by Quincy nor myself.

Jill Gregg

I send my deepest condolences to the family of Travis at this most difficult time. The death of a loved one is never an easy thing to cope with, especially when one is so young. But God promises that soon tragedies such as this will be done away with. The Bible states at Revelation 21:4, "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." Please find hope in these words.


To Mary and the Hayes family -

my sincere sympathy. I am so sorry to hear of Travis' death. May God surround you with his comfort.

Karen chesley



My heart broke when I read the news of your loss. I lost my son at 19 from a car accident 15 years ago. The shock and pain can overwhelm but family, friends and prayer can help in so many ways. My prayers are with you and yours.

Lorraine Pinkelman

We just got home from your wake-prayer service, you were so so loved by so so many Travis!!!! To Kami, Charlie, Nate, and Ersel if any of you ever ever need someone to talk to, I am here for you. I hope you know I LOVE all of you kids, each and everyone of you are very special to us. Our prayers are with ALL of you at this terrible tragic time. Always keep the memory of Travis in your hearts, he will always be with you in those precious memories. You have you own very very special guardian angel!! I am sure that he is up in heaven watching over all of you!!! Rest in Peace Travis.....<3 We love all of you Aunt Sue and Uncle Tom Olson

Susan Olson

Travis Was Like A Brother To Me, He Was There When No One Else Was And He ALWAYS Had My Back No Matter What, Even On A Bad Day.. It Was SOOOOOOOOO Sad To Look At Him Laying Here, I Hope Mama Olson Is Doing Fine... LOVE, PEACE & CHICKEN GREASE... Rest Easy Trav <3

Tabitha Hunt

My condolences goes out to the family and friends of Travis Hayes. Losing a loved one is never easy. We all want to spend our lives with the ones we love and death gets in the way of that. But what brings me comfort is Acts 24:15 where it says there is going to be a resurrection. So it's reassuring to know that I will be able to see my loved one again and so can you. I hope this has comforted you and may your loved one rest in peace.


Please accept our sympathies for your loss. We pray that you find comfort in your memories of Travis and the warmth in God's promises to end this pain we you are, unfortunately experiencing. Please read this global reward for the family and Travis at John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21:3,4.


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