In Memory of Joseph Hayes

A visitation (respecting social distancing, use of masks encouraged, and limiting 10 people at a time)

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday May 20, 2020
O'Connell~Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth
130 North Grant St.
Ellsworth Wisconsin, 54011

Interment (With Respect to Social Distancing)

1:30 pm
Wednesday May 20, 2020
Diamond Bluff Cemetery
N2970 980th Street
Hager City WI, 54014

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Joseph William Hayes, age 36 of Ellsworth, WI, passed away May 16, 2020 as a result of a single automobile accident. Joseph was born July 6, 1983 in Red Wing, MN to Lori Field and Richard Hayes. Joe graduated from Ellsworth High School, with the Class of 2002. Joe was adventurous in spirit, risking in daring activities, and living-on-the-edge. He became a talented mechanic, who enjoyed working for MAS Performance in Bay City for the last 3 years. Joe loved anything mechanical, building motors, tinkering on fast cars, and competing in demolition derbies. He also enjoyed snowmobiling. Although Joe presented a tough exterior, he truly had a kind and big heart for others. He loved his family, spending time with his brothers and sisters, and was always willing to do anything for anyone.

Joe will remain in the hearts of his father, Richard (Kim) Hayes of Ellsworth; mother, Lori (Rene) Hafkenscheid of Red Wing; siblings, Ryan (Nicole) Field of Red Wing, Elliot Field of Red Wing, Brianna Crosby of Red Wing, Ethan Schaumburger, and Paige Hayes of Ellsworth; nephews, Oliver, Ellow, and Tristan; niece, Riani; grandparents , John Losgaard of Beldenville, Ronald and Judith Place of Ellsworth; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Evelyn and Donald Hayes, and Barb Losgaard.

A Visitation (Respecting social distancing, encouraging the use of masks, and limiting 10 people at a time into the funeral home) will take place 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home in Ellsworth. A graveside service will be held 1:30 pm Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at the Diamond Bluff Cemetery.

Those wishing to send condolences to Joe’s family may direct them to his family, or to: The family of Joseph Hayes, O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home, 130 N. Grant St., Ellsworth, WI 54011.

Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth (715) 273-4421.

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  • Chuck and I will miss him driving by and reving the yellow truck, then he would laugh and so would we. A bright spot in our day. Our prayers are with you.

  • Richard and Kim. I am so sorry for your loss. You have my thoughts and prayers during this painful time. Pam

  • My deepest condolences to the entire family..I’ve never met him, but I heard great things about Joe. You will be deeply missed young man💔😭 May you rest in peace Joe🙏😥

    Wade and Shelley Prudlow

  • I am so deeply sorry for the loss of Joey. Joey had a heart of gold even if he tried not to let people know that… I went through a lot with Joey at one time in life. I’m thankful to have known Joey and my kids and I are devastated to hear of this news…sending prayers and big hugs to the Hayes family.

  • Joe,
    You were a good man. My understanding is that you knew Jesus as your savior. That is important most of all. I am sad that you went so young. There are alot of open questions at the moment, but the fact is Jesus knew you, is most important. You will be missed, I remember when you got lost at the Twin Cities zoo and Rhonda went looking for you, had everyone looking for two kids a 3 year old and a 2 year old. We found both of you, thank goodness. You always had a tender heart.