Richard Allen Hayden of Melissa passed away January 3, 2018 at the age of 83. He was born August 3, 1934 to Robert Everett and Freda Marguerite (Suffel) Hayden in Watertown, New York. Richard married Dawnie Isaacson August 7, 1965 in Sun Valley, ID.

He proudly served his country as an officer in the United States Army Special Forces (Green Beret) — Airborne and Ranger qualified — and reached the rank of Captain. Richard also served in the Army National Guard.

He had a lifetime career in the meat industry including Vice-President of ConAgra Foods and Executive Vice President of Swift Independent Packing Co. Richard retired as President of Berliner & Marx in New York City, NY. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Melissa. Richard and Dawnie loved their time serving as missionaries for the church in the London, England mission for 19 months. He was a member of the Melissa City Council and was named 2015 Citizen of the Year.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Dawnie Hayden of Melissa; children, Laurie Scheiber and husband, Cliff of Columbia, MD, Lisa Clark and husband, Doug of Leesburg, VA, Jeff Hayden and wife, Gayle of Lakewood, CO, Amber Poulter of Roseville, CA, Jacqueline Peck and husband, Scott of Bells, and Leslie Haskell of Melissa; 26 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and numerous other loving family members and friends.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 6 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Melissa. The family received friends during a visitation Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen. Interment took place at Malad City Cemetery, Malad City, ID, Saturday, January 13 at 2 p.m. Visitation was at 1 p.m. at Horsley Funeral Home in Malad City, ID.

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