David B. Hayward, a beloved member of the Scotts community, passed away on October 26, 2023, at Rose Arbor Hospice, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on November 22, 1935, in Scotts Michigan. David's remarkable life and enduring contributions to his family and community will always be cherished.
In his early years, David discovered an interest in farm machinery while still in high school and dedicated himself to the field for over 47 years. His dedication and passion for his work were evident as he grew within the industry. A testament to his strong work ethic was his commitment to the farm machinery business since his teenage years.
He graduated from Climax Scotts High School in 1956, equipped with knowledge that would fuel his aspirations throughout life.
While focused on his career at Scotts Farm Supply Inc., as owner, David also made time for meaningful activities outside of work. His love for travel led him to explore breathtaking destinations such as Alaska and Hawaii. With an adventurous spirit, he embarked on journeys across the United States, visiting all but two states. David cherished these experiences and often shared stories that brought joy to those around him.
In addition to exploring new places, David found solace in spending quality time with his beloved grandchildren. Family held a special place in his heart, and he always made an effort to create memories with each of them. Whether it was engaging in outdoor activities or simply being present at important milestones, David's warmth and unconditional love were felt by all.
David's hobbies reflected his unwavering dedication and caring nature as well. He had a deep passion for tractors and took great pleasure in repairing both tractors and lawn mowers. Bowling provided him with both entertainment and camaraderie within the community. Additionally, he found joy in square dancing and even dared to go white water rafting. However, one tradition close to his heart was visiting widows on Christmas Eve to ensure they were alright, even though his wife was waiting not so patiently at home.
Throughout his life, David accomplished numerous achievements, each contributing to the betterment of his community. He was a proud charter member of the Pride of Scotts and co-founder of the Scotts Old Tyme Power & Equipment Association. David's commitment extended to serving as a member and Chief of the Scotts Fire Department. He also served as a President of the Kalamazoo Fire Chiefs Association and as a Pavilion Township fireman for 43 years. Additionally, he devoted eight years to the local school board.
Described as quiet yet always busy, David possessed a caring nature that shone through his actions. His unique way of showing affection deeply resonated with those who knew him best. Friends and family members can attest to his generosity and willingness to lend a helping hand whenever needed.
David will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Hayward; his daughters, Deb (Tim) Miller, Julie (TJ) Hayward and his bonus daughter Cheryl VanMiddlesworth; his grandchildren: Sara (Joe) Meeks, Jessica Pease, Patty (Tyler) Robinson, Jake (Sarah) Pease, Tavion (Rebecca) Davis, Jhamil Davis, Christopher Miller, Lacey Miller; his siblings: Shirley Hudson, Dale (Jennie) Hayward, Allan (Carol) Hayward, Donna (Richard) Budden, Joyce (Russ) Guetschow and George (Eleanor) Hayward; his brother-in-law DeWayne (Lorraine) Drallette; sister-in-law Gail Rayman as well as nieces, nephews, seven great-grandchildren, and countless friends.
David is preceded in death by his daughter Mindy Hayward, his brother Clair Hayward, sister Judith Drallette. Also preceding him in death are his two brothers-in-law Theron (Lois) Rayman and David Hudson as well as his parents Donald and Marjorie Hayward.
David B. Hayward's life will be celebrated at a "Celebration of Life" event on November 1st, 2023. The service will take place at the Scotts Community Center located at 8450 South 36th Street in Scotts, MI. The ceremony will commence at 3:00 PM and conclude at 6:00 PM. Memorial contributions in David's memory can be made to The Pride of Scotts or Centrica Care Navigators.
As we bid farewell to David B. Hayward's earthly presence, let us remember the memories we shared, the lessons he taught, and the love he bestowed upon all. His legacy will forever live on in our hearts, serving as a reminder of the remarkable individual he was. May his soul find eternal rest, and may his family find comfort in the beautiful memories they shared with him.
While visiting Davids’s memory page at www.amsfuneralhomes.com please sign the guestbook and/or sharing a memory with the family.
The family is being assisted by Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home; 5975 Lovers Lane in Portage.