Willard "Will" Bayes passed away Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at his Bardstown home, surrounded by family.
He was born in Ashland, the son of the late Elmer & Bonnie Bayes.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon; and his dog, Toby.
As a talented athlete, he was a star Tomcat football and baseball player for Paul G. Blazer High School, formerly Ashland High School. He played virtually every sport and excelled in football, baseball and golf.
As a proud American patriot, he served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea.
As a profession, he devoted 20 years as an outstanding Air Traffic Controller for the Federal Aviation Agency. He was once recognized by President Kennedy for his outstanding performance while assisting in an emergency landing.
After retiring, he turned his love for golf into a second career, earning a Professional Golf Association card and working at Daytona Beach Country Club. After retiring as a Pro, he played in senior tournaments.
This giant of a man peacefully left this earth, surrounded by loving family to enter Heaven.
He left behind his wife, Betty Bayes; three daughters, Vicki Bayes Smith, Cindy Bayes and Rebecca (Ron) Duecker; and two grandchildren, Gabe and Jenna, whom he loved very much.
A celebration of his life will be planned at a later time.
Published on September 22, 2017