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James T. Hayes


James T. Hayes, Jr, 80, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at Kavanagh House Hospice in Des Moines. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 2, at Grace United Methodist Church, 3700 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, February 1, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church.

Jim was born in Des Moines in 1931, to James T. Hayes and Gertrude (Taylor) Hayes. After graduation from East High School, he attended Iowa State College in Ames. He served in the Air Force and returned to Iowa State, where he met Patricia Stiff. Jim and Pat were married in 1954. They raised their family in Ames and then in Urbandale.

Starting in 1956, Jim worked continuously in eminent domain appraisal and acquisition; first for the Iowa Highway Commission, then for Iowa Appraisal and Research Corporation. From 2000 he worked on his own as a Review Appraiser, and he was Chief Appraiser, JCG Land Development Services. Jim was proud that he trained a number of eminent domain appraisers to keep up the tradition of good, honest work. He was most proud of his good family, good kids, and good grandkids.

Jim is survived by his wife, Patricia Stiff Hayes;daughter Diane Hayes and her husband, Tom Creviston, of Indianapolis, IN; daughter Judith Hayes Cosimini and her husband, Anthony Cosimini, of Natick, MA; and son Jeffrey Hayes and his wife, Susan Crowley, of Des Moines. He is also survived by his grandchildren, David Rugger, James Cosimini, Michael Crowley, Jessica Hayes, Anna Cosimini, Sarah Hayes, and Zachary Creviston; his step-grandchildren, Daverick Creviston, Treva Creviston, Sarah Creviston Lee, and Raymond Creviston; and his nieces, Nancy Barnett and Kathy Barnett. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Connie Darling Hayes, and his sister, Patricia Hayes Barnett.

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