James R. Hayes

PORTAGE – James R. Hayes, age 66, of Portage, passed away peacefully at Mount View Care Center in Wausau on Friday, September 17, 2021.

Jim was born on February 21, 1955, in Portage, the son of Robert and Marion (Kopplin) Hayes. He graduated from Portage High School in 1973.  Jim worked at AMPI in Purchasing and retired as a Cheese Grader.  He loved watching sports, especially NASCAR.  Jim had a special love for his pet, Nia.

He is survived by his son, Steven (Reeti) Hayes; his sisters, Cynthia Wilkins, Sandra (Robert) Alexander, Patricia (Jeff) Schehr, Kristen (William) Atkinson, and Tammy (Jefferson) Olson; his nieces, nephews, other relatives and many close friends.  Jim is further survived by his former wife and dear friend, Signa “Punky” Schaitel.  Jim was preceded in death by his parents.

Private family services will be held at Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage. A Celebration of Life will be held and announced at a later date. 

The family would like to give special thanks to Jami Hayes McAfee for her special support.

Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage is assisting the family.