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“Quiet, modest, generous--one of the real gentlemen of the soaring fraternity Grateful to have known you, Ray! ”
1 of 26 | Posted by: Dave Thornburg - Albuquerque, NM

“Thanks for all the glider memories you have shared with us. Our passion , we shared, is finding thermals,,,,,, I hope your glider kits continue, in...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: frank Coraro - MONTCLAIR, CA

“I had such fun with Ray at the SOAR Nats in the 70's. We had such a good time hanging around the field and sharing stories....most of them true. It...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Terry Koplan - Agoura Hills, CA

“Enjoyed and shared the hobby of rc sailplanes & membership in the Loft club. He will be greatly missed. Avy5 ”
4 of 26 | Posted by: Irving Thomas - Fort Wayne, IN

“Dear Ray :I will really miss you . You where a great help to me and gave me a pile of knowledge. So every time I'm fly one of your glider , I will...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Darcey Mosser - Edmonton - Friend

“So sorry to hear of Ray's passing. He made so many molders happy with his kits. He poured so much of himself into each one. He always related in the...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Kevin O'Dell - Stillwater, OK

“Ray - my glider friend, I will miss you at Muncie this year.We will continue Woodcrafters under the name Balsa Flyers to continue your RC wood glider...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: James Vanderzyl - Oriental, NC

“Thanks for your contributions to the rc world, RIP Ray ”
8 of 26 | Posted by: Charles Fink - Port Saint Lucie, FL

“So sad to hear of Ray's passing. I never met Ray but own 5 of his kits and they have been marvelous. He has made such a contribution to the hobby...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Bill Jones - Kelowna, Canada

“I have long pored over the pages of Sky Bench, and saved my pennies to buy kits from Ray. I am so thankful for Ray's contribution to our hobby, he...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Randy Kesling - Bridgeport, WV

“It was 1979 when I met Ray,I attended a glider contest in Ft Wayne.I took an immediate liking to Ray as well as the other glider club ( LOFT) members...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Edward DeBolt - Grabill, IN

“So sorry for your loss, Ray will be missed. I talked to him a few times over the years at Skybench. Such a nice man. ”
12 of 26 | Posted by: Scott Sarnes - Lexington, NE

“Ray inspired so many glider enthusiasts over so many years. If not for his passion of aeromodelling, I wouldn't be able to enjoy watching my "woody"...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Edward Aber Song - CA

Skybench Oly III “I'm so very sorry to hear of Ray's passing. I purchased an Oly III kit from him back in 2015, but life got in the way and I am just now getting it...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Chris Boultinghouse - Austin, TX

“I bought a sky bird kit from Ray and he encouraged me to get back into flying. ”
15 of 26 | Posted by: Bill Friend - Ney, OH - Friend

“My deepest sympathies to all Ray's family and friends. I never met Ray but read many of his posts on RCGroups. He will be remembered for his many...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Mark Heitger - Canton, OH

“My condolences to the Hayes family. I only knew Ray through his business, Skybench Aerotech. I will miss his wonderful creations but I will always...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Donald Hatten - King Salmon, AK

“My deepest condolences to you and your family! I am truly at a loss for words. Rest in Peace Dad!Ellen A. HayesDaughter ”
18 of 26 | Posted by: Ellen Hayes - Putnam Valley, NY

“I was just getting to know Ray as I arranged to purchase one of his sailplane kits which were a labor of love for him. When I have to say farewell to...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: COL (Ret) David Oberthaler - MI

“Sorry to hear, I have had several conversations with Ray over the years and built many of his fine kits. Wishing the family the best. ”
20 of 26 | Posted by: Keith Barghahn - Oanalaska, WI

Ray in his happy place.  Getting Woodcrafters 2016 started! “Ray created an ran a business that made people happy and he seemed happy doing it. That's the right way to approach life. ”
21 of 26 | Posted by: Scott Black - Pittsboro, IN

Dad and I at my first contest June 1987. “Going to miss you Dad.JoeYour 1st born."Turn to the rising wingtip dummy" ”
22 of 26 | Posted by: Joe Hayes - Buchanan, MI - Father

“A true Gentleman! RIP ”
23 of 26 | Posted by: Jim Ealy - Nesquehoning, PA

“Really sorry to hear about Rays passing. I have known him since the 70's when we flew F3B together. I am sorry for your loss. ”
24 of 26 | Posted by: Larry Jolly - Oceanside, CA

“I am thankful for this fellow, Ray, who help me enjoy soaring, building planes, and sharing friends. In my mind he is still soaring. Thank you, Ray...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Bill Suter - Bluffton - Friend

“And another of our long-time friends is now soaring with the eagles in Heaven. We have been friends with Ray for more than 45 years and his loss...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Robert and Barbara Robinson - MI

Raymond Hayes, 83, passed away, Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born in South Bend, IN, to the late Herman and Julia Hayes. He married Deborah Neal in 1970 and she survives. He enjoyed selling, building, and designing radio control sail space planes and owned Sky Bench, a company that sold Sailplane Kits. He also had a long career in automobile sales. Raymond was an avid Eagle watcher. Surviving are his children, Sarah (Justin) Taylor, Mark (Laura) Hayes, Ellen Hayes, Susan Oldiges, and Joe Hayes; and granddaughter, Ruby Ray Hayes. Raymond was also preceded in death by his infant brother, Richard Hayes. A celebration of life service 4:00 pm Monday, February 4, 2019 at D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Home Covington Knolls, with calling from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm prior to the service. Memorial contributions Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. To sign the online guestbook please visit,