Kristopher Hayes

By: 
Bross Spidle Funeral Home
 
Kristopher Hayes, 49 years, of Kearney, Missouri passed away on January 24, 2022. Kris was born February 26, 1972, to Bob and Zonya Hayes.
 
Kris and Sundi met in October of 1992 in the parking lot of Denim and Diamonds through a mutual friend with whom Sundi attended high school, and Kris attended college. Kris and Sundi’s first date was at Metro North Mall’s movie theatre where they saw the original Scream and then Kris treated her to a high-quality dinner at Pizza Hut. Their life together moved quickly after that. They were engaged Christmas Eve of 1993 and married June 25, 1994. The family grew from 2 to 3 in March of ‘98 and 3 to 5 in November of ‘01. Kris had unrelenting love for his three sons, Dakota, Kolby and Kian, and much to Sundi’s chagrin, Kris refused to allow her to have any daughters.
 
At the age of thirteen Kris began his passion for construction during his first job framing houses with his father. After high school graduation he landed in trim carpentry. Through his career in construction, Kris was able to not only create houses for many people, but to turn four houses into homes for his family. Kris joined Signature Solid Surface, a sister company to Miller’s Custom Cabinets, in 2011 as a General Manager and oversaw day-to-day operations ever since. In his 11 years there, he continued to grow and apply his business mindset and raised the company as if it were his own child. 
 
Apart from his career, he enjoyed hobbies such as coaching, fishing, fly tying, cooking, and running. As soon as his children could kick a ball, Kris took to the sideline as a coach for them and continued to do so into their teenage years. Coach Kris was able to mentor the teammates of his sons and aided them in their journey to become young men. His love of fly fishing began during his early teens and continued for decades.  This passion even progressed into designing and tying his own flies. He spent many weekends out of the year competing in the Mid-Lake Bass Club fishing tournaments with his brother, Dana, in which they were awarded Anglers of the Year in 2016 and 2020. They won 1st place in the Classic in 2014 and 2016, 3rd in 2020, and most recently, 2nd in 2021. 
 
Kris knew his way around the grill and smoker. He was always excited to fire them up, drink a couple of beers and spend time with family. He handed the reins of the grill to his sons eventually, which allowed him to dedicate more time to drinking beer. In the last couple of years, Kris became passionate about running, and dedicated many miles to his treadmill after work. His appreciation for the runner’s high drove him to complete a 10k just a year ago.  
 
You honestly can’t talk about Kris without mentioning whiskey, beer and country music...even that strange country rap he liked to listen to. He was steadfast in his beliefs, and sometimes his interpretation of “Don’t Tread on Me” might have meant “Don’t Touch my Beard”. He was also loving, compassionate, hardworking, stubborn, confident, strong-willed, determined, caring, forthright and convicted in his faith. 
 
The Annunciation community has always been a large part of Kris’s life. From his confirmation in high school, receiving the sacrament of marriage, to his children’s baptism and confirmation. Kris has come full circle today.
 
Kris is survived by his wife, Sundi; children, Dakota, Kolby and Kian; parents, Bob and Zonya; brother, Dana (Saralyn); mother-in-law, Sandi Walrod; father-in-law, James S. Matthews; brothers-in-law, Wes Edwin (Diana), James A. Matthews (Rie), Jacob Matthews; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. 
 
Visitation was held 5-7:00pm, Friday, January 28, 2022 with Rosary at 4:30pm.  Funeral Mass  was at 10:00am,  Saturday, January 29, 2022 both at the Church of Annunciation, 701 N. Jefferson, Kearney, MO. with burial at Fairview Cemetery, Kearney, MO.
 
In lieu of flowers and plants, please make a memorial donation to the Church of the Annunciation for the Hayes boys’ scholarship fund at PO Box 599, Kearney, MO 64060.

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