Charles Wesley “Wes” Hayes of Warren, 79, died April 17, 2011, after a long illness. He was born Aug. 19, 1931, in Quincy, Mass., to Charles and Inez Hayes.

He graduated from Rockland High School in 1949. Wes got his draft notice, but didn’t open it. He enlisted in the Navy and did over four years in the service. An accident in Japan resulted in a medical discharge in 1955. After attending Georgetown University and earning a BSBA, Wes earned a divinity degree at Wittenberg University in Ohio. He married Dorothy Hein in 1958 and eventually had three daughters. He was a Lutheran pastor for 30 years. He developed a Mission congregation in New Hampshire and had churches in New Haven, Conn., and Hanover, Mass.

After his marriage dissolved, he left the ministry and headed the Blue Hill Girl Scout Council in Quincy, Mass. His later years of employment were in sales, mostly radio advertising. He was very proud of his membership in Mensa.

Returning to Maine, he married Elvira Anne Burgess, who had been in his high school class. Anne had been widowed in 1978 and resided in Union. They eventually migrated south and spent 29 years in South Carolina and Florida. They came back to Maine to live in 2009 because of ill health and to be near family. Wes and Anne recently celebrated 30 years of marriage when he was a patient at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta.

Besides his widow, Wes leaves three daughters, Christine Pineo, Alison Siller and Kimberly Hayes of Massachusetts; three grandchildren and one-great grandson; his sister, Linda Wotton of Live Oak, Fla.; Anne’s family, five stepsons, Marc Burgess and wife, Debbie, of St. George, Charles Burgess and fiance Kerstin of Union, Fred Burgess and wife, Irene, of Topsham, Richard Burgess and wife, Faith, of Waldoboro and Thomas Burgess and wife, Pamela, of Warren; 13 step-grandchildren; and 14 step-great-grandchildren.

Wes was a member of People’s United Methodist Church of Union. A celebration of his life will be held April 30 at the church at 2 p.m. Following the service, a social hour will be at the Burgess and Hayes home on North Pond Road in Warren.

Interment will be held at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Augusta at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the People’s United Methodist Church to benefit the music program: People’s United Methodist Church, Music Program, P.O. Box 105, Union, ME 04862.