The son of Robert Dean and Cynthia (Oswald) Hayes, he was born October 19, 1965 in Milan, Missouri. Leon was a lifelong resident of the Milan area, where he graduated with the Milan C-2 class of 1984. On June 19, 2010 he married Nadon Rowlison and she survives. Also surviving are three sons, Kirk Ammons of Milan, Missouri, Cory Rowlison of Edina, Missouri, and Charles and wife Sheri Hayes of Grove, Oklahoma, two daughters, Cyndi and husband Jay Jeffers of Kirksville, Missouri, and Jessica Lewis of Milan, Missouri, three grandchildren, one brother Mike and wife Nancy of Harrisburg, Missouri, three sisters, Becky Hamill of Williamsburg, Kansas, Debbie and husband Richard Nickell of Kansas City, Missouri, Sharon and husband Tony Kampe of Milan, Missouri, and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Gary Hayes, one niece, Tracy Hayes, and one nephew, J.R. Waggoner.
Leon enjoyed hunting and doing mechanic work in his garage. He cherished spending time with his family and friends. Leon loved spending summer days in the field, putting up hay.
Funeral services will be held 2:00PM, Thursday, February 28, 2013, at the Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan. Officiating will be Mike Rash. Pallbearers will be Kirk Ammons, Cory Rowlison, Mike Hayes, Steve James, Josh Nickell, Jeremy Nickell, Justin Hayes, Gary Rowlison, Greg Rowlison, and Jay Jeffers. Burial will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery.
The family has suggested memorial contributions to his family for medical expenses.