WORTH, Mo. - Harold Eugene "Doc" Hayden, 86, of Worth, formerly of Nodaway County, Missouri, patiently and calmly awaited the call of His Savior, Jesus Christ, at the Pine View Manor, Stanberry, Missouri, where he passed from life to a Glorious Life on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018.
He entered this world on April 2, 1932, at the old St. Francis Hospital on East 1st Street St., in Maryville, Missouri, being the only one of his eleven siblings to be born in a hospital.
His early days were spent helping with the farm responsibilities of his parents, Will and Nettie McCarty Hayden, and he attended elementary schools at Highland, Pickering, and Xenia.
While going to Maryville High School he lived with: his sister, Pauline and Orville Bailey; and their son, Ron; helping with their dairy operation and graduated in 1950 excelling in Mathematics and Science with honors.
In 1949, he had been privileged to attend Boys State at the Kemper Military Academy in Boonville, Missouri.
Being from a musical family, he played the guitar and sang country music entertaining local communities and was also invited to perform at programs sponsored by the Maryville Chamber of Commerce.
Later, he was asked to give a few numbers on radio station K.M.A. in Shenandoah, Iowa.
In January 1952, he enrolled in the pre-veterinary curriculum at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was in the R.O.T.C. After his acceptance in 1954, besides studying for many long hours, he also pursued a variety of jobs to meet expenses.
He helped serve banquets at the Student Union at the University, was a waiter at the Columbia Country Club, performed test at the University Climatic Laboratory, and was the janitor for the office of three pediatricians.
Graduating in June 1958, he received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree, immediately opening a general practice at Barnard, Missouri, where he continued until his retirement in November 2002.
As a senior in Veterinary School, he was inducted into two scholastic honor societies, Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity and Gamma Sigma Delta, Missouri Chapter.
During the 44 years of practice, he met many fine people and appreciated their confidence and trust.
Anytime young folks voiced a desire to participate in "job shadowing" sponsored by local schools, Dr. Hayden was honored to share his knowledge.
As the Hayden family offspring grew some vacation time was spent traveling together and advanced Veterinary School students capably took care of the animal needs in the community. Some of those were: Tom Johnson, Joe Walker, Richard LeFevers, Ted Trimmer, Steve Byergo, and David Rybolt who in 1970 became an associate expanding the business to a two-man practice. They were partners until July 1993.
Dr. Hayden was a Lifetime Member of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association and an Honor Roll Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
He accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord in 1969 and united in fellowship with the Barnard Cristian Church, then the Gentry Christian Church.
On Dec. 21, 1953, in Orange, California, he married Wanda L. Pierson and together they became parents of four children who survive: Jeffrey Lee (Lora) Hayden, Platte City, Missouri, Becky Jo (David) Clements, of Liberty, Missouri, Paul Stephen (Heather) Hayden, of Worth, Missouri, and Susan Rene (Terry) Pryor, of St. Joseph.
He was preceded in death by: his parents: three brothers, Frank, William and James Hayden; five sisters, Evelyn Kuchs Eckert, Nadine Hayden, Louise Growney Imhauser, Maxine Lilegdon Schroeder, and Lois Seckington.
Survivors include: nine grandchildren, Mindy (Josh) Bushman, of O'Fallon, Missouri, Julie (Curt) Ramsey, of Salisbury, Missouri, Daniel (Kayla) Hayden, of Sedalia, Missouri, Amber (Aaron) Rhynerson, of Olathe, Kansas, Tiffany (Evan) Schonour, of Kansas City, Missouri, Sheila Hayden, of Holden, Missouri, Megan (Mike) Colwell, of Holt, Missouri, Liam Hayden, of Worth, and Jessica Mead of St. Joseph; 10 great- grandchildren, Emma and Molly Fadin, Asher and Arden Rhynerson, Hayden and Annie Ramsey, Adalyn Campbell, Cohen and Darren Schonour, and Bohdi Colwell; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pauline Bailey, Maryville, and Arlene Ward, St Charles, Illinois, brother, Robert Hayden, Maryville; and many nieces, nephews, friends, and , and other relatives.
The family suggests memorial contributions be given to doctorswithoutborders.org.
A visitation and refreshments will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at the Gentry, Missouri, Christian Church.
Another visitation will be held two hours prior to service from Noon to 2 p.m. with service at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, at the Price Funeral Home, Maryville.
Burial will follow the service at the Nodaway Memorial Gardens, Maryville.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.pricefuneralhomemaryville.com. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.