October 17, 2014

Steven A. Hayes


Hayes, Steve obit photo

Steven A. Hayes, 59, of Lincoln, NE passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family on October 17, 2014. He was born November 8, 1954 in Grants Pass, OR to Jay and Irene Hayes. Steve was a devoted and loving son, brother, uncle, great-uncle, and friend. Steve made lasting impressions on everyone that crossed his path, and he brought smiles to everyone’s faces and hearts; he will be missed dearly.

Steve was an executive chef for the Cornhusker Hotel at the Renaissance for the majority of his career. He earned the title of Employee of the Year in 1992. He was an avid sports enthusiast, and before his passing, he was very excited to hear that the Kansas City Royals are going to the World Series.

Steve always had a great sense of humor and made everyone laugh. He was an awesome party planner, storm chaser, and your one and only phone a friend trivia player. He enjoyed road trips and always wanted to see how far he could go on an empty tank of gas.

Family members include siblings: Sharon DeBusk, Connie Krueger, Mike Hayes, Kathy Sardeson, and Colleen McEnery. Nieces and Nephews: Chad Morrison, Trevis DeBusk, Charlene Schmeichel, Shaun Cox, Shannon Josoff, Kimberly Guenter, April Hansen, Abby Russell, and Dylan Floth. Steve also had 11 great nieces and nephews, and 1 great-great niece. Steve is preceded in death by his parents Jay and Irene Hayes and his younger brother Ron Hayes.

The celebration of Steve’s life will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home & Cemetery, 3600 O st, Lincoln, NE, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 1st. Luncheon (Husker tastee style) will follow graveside services at Wyuka Cemetery. Please feel free to wear Husker attire, related colors, or whatever you feel comfortable in.

Memorials to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


  1. He was an amazing uncle and always made me smile and laugh. He lit up the room and always made a statement. I wish he could have been healthier and enjoyed more of his last years of his life. He was always singing and jolly. I will miss him deeply and I will never forget him. Love you Steve

  2. It was my pleasure to work with Steve at Reuben’s Restaurant. He was a highly skilled chef as well as an honest, hardworking and good natured man. As the restaurant’s manager I asked for and received his sound advice on countless occasions. He always had my respect and he was held in high regard by the other staff members. I shall always have fond memories of Steve Hayes.

  3. Steve was a terrific brother. He always had so much love to share. He could always make me laugh and bring a smile to everyone’s face. Steve will be forever in my heart. I will miss him very much but I will always have the memories we had together. Rest in peace, Steve. I Love You.

  4. I will always have great memories of Steve. We shared a lot of good times together!
    Rest in peace Minna! Will miss you!

  5. Steve was not only my brother but best friend and pal. We did all most every thing together our whole lives. I will miss him dearly!


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