Richard A. Hayden

June 14, 1928 - December 29, 2022
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1184 Sagamore Pkwy W.
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Friday 1/6, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Andrew United Methodist Church
4703 N 50 W
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Saturday 1/7, 10:30 am

Richard Amherst Hayden entered eternity to be with the Lord Thursday morning, December 29, 2022, after a long illness. Richard was the third son of C.C. and Hazel Orcutt Hayden.  Born in Wooster, Ohio he and his brothers Edgar and John Hayden grew up in the Wooster Methodist Church and attended Wooster High School.  RichardContinue Reading

David Byers left a message on January 9, 2023:
Sorry to hear of your loss. Dick was a great help to us with his knowledge and answers to help us grow better fruits. All of us here at Applacres will miss him.
Paul Newman-Jacobs left a message on January 6, 2023:
Dear Haydens, I treasure these later years when I had the privilege to get to know Dick Hayden. I enjoyed greeting him almost every Sunday morning. He was reliable and devoted to his church. Dick seemed to love doing BIG projects! My sympathies for your loss of husband, dad, and grandfather. Sincerely, Paul Newman-Jacobs
Douglas Forsman left a message on January 6, 2023:
Helen and family, I just now received notice of Dick's passing. That was really sad to hear, but Mary Su and I are pleased to know that he is no longer suffering. Dick was a great friend and a tremendous help and supporter of the WTVFD over many years. Along with his wonderful work in horticulture, he made a huge contribution to the community. We will always cherish his friendship. Doug and Mary Su Forsman
Hilda Beiersdorfer & Russell Beiersdorfer left a message on January 5, 2023:
We have known Dick for many years. What a great friend who will be missed. God is enjoying all fruit growers who passed away & Dick, discussing the fruit industry. Thank you, for all your years with us.
Etta lazaros left a message on January 4, 2023:
I am sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. His kind spirit can’t help but live on. He exuded Luke 6:31, Do unto others. He served many years on the Audio/Visual/Tech team for WALLA and it was there I really got to know him and the kindness and positive spirit he shared with everyone. My condolence to Helen and family
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Susie Blom left a message on January 4, 2023:
So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. We enjoyed knowing him for many years and loved his sense of humor. We also loved eating his apples for many years! Condolences to Helen and family! We’re sorry we can’t attend the funeral as we are in FL.
Lafayette Urban Ministry left a message on January 4, 2023:
The Board and Staff of Lafayette Urban Ministry wish to extend our sincerest condolences to Richard's wife Helen, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family and friends. May God hold all of you in the palm of His hand.
Kate Crook left a message on January 4, 2023:
I was very saddened to learn of Dick's passing. He and Helen spent hours organizing volunteers and distributing food to the local food pantries. I certainly enjoyed knowing them and being part of the crew.
Patti and Frank Mason left a message on January 4, 2023:
Helen We are saddened to hear of Dick's passing. He was an outstanding member of the Purdue and West Lafayette community. His contributions to the Wabash Township Volunteer Fire Department as a charter member will forever be appreciated by residents of the township. Well done, good and faithful servant. We are honored to have known him and considered him our friend. Patti and Frank
Stephen Weller left a message on January 4, 2023:
Kathleen and I offered our condolences to Helen and all of Dick’s family on the passing of a great friend and a truly wonderful person. Dick will be missed by all. Dick was a mentor to me at Purdue and always set an example for me and everyone he interacted with on how he modeled his life on the principles of honesty, virtue and belief in a higher power. May Dick’s optimistic approach to life and his success in living the good life offer support to his family during this sad time.
Jim Schupp left a message on January 3, 2023:
Dick Hayden was an all-around great guy and a mentor to several generations of fruit scientists. I'm blessed to have known him.
Bill Hoover left a message on January 3, 2023:
He was helping growers to the very end. I really benefited from his advice. There will be an unfillable hole in the rear of St. Andrew Great Room. Helen can now sit in the chairs with us at church.
Vicki and Randall Stirm left a message on January 3, 2023:
We were so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was a great and kind man. We enjoyed our chats with him. He and Walt Stirm were good friends. Praying for peace and comfort for the family.
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