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Raymond Hakes

Raymond Carl Hakes

Thursday, December 26th, 2019
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Raymond C. Hakes of Hornby, NY went to join his beloved family and friends in heaven on Thursday, December 26th in the comfort of his home after a lengthy illness.
Raymond was born on August 29th, 1940 at Corning Hospital in Corning, New York to George Hakes Sr. and Anna (DuVall) Hakes.
Raymond attended school at the Red Schoolhouse in Painted Post, New York and then graduated from Painted Post High School in 1960.
Raymond was the former Co-Owner/Operator of Hakes construction company and member of Union Operators Engineers 542. Raymond was an avid outdoorsman, sportsman, Ford Truck and Harley Davidson enthusiast, member of the Corning Fish and Game Club and had many other hobbies. When Raymond wasn’t working, he spent his time hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Raymond enjoyed living off the land through gardening and hunting as much as possible. Raymond never sat still and was always on the go with his thermos of coffee and his beagle by his side.
Raymond was a friend to many and could always be counted on to lend a helping hand. Raymond and Dorothy always opened their home to company but you better be ready for Raymond’s witty sense of humor and insults to show you how much he loved you. Raymond had a very distinctive up to no good smile. Everyone enjoyed his company and he provided many laughs. Charles Darwin said A man's friendships are the best measure of his worth. Raymond welcomed everyone into his life, he will be greatly missed by all.

Raymond is survived by his loving wife: Dorothy M. Hakes; his beloved children: Lisa (Lee) Nelson of Hammondsport; Lois (John) Diver of South Carolina; Leslie (Joe) Riopelle of South Carolina; David Yarka of Painted Post; and Darla (Rodger) Webb of Horseheads; his cherished grandchildren: Zachary Nelson, Ingrid (Lennon) McCarthy, Heather (Nate) Dunning, Courtney (Matt) Dunning, Jolie Riopelle, Dillion (Janelle DeGraw) Yarka, Ethan Peace, Delos (Brielle) Yarka, his grandson and caregiver: Darian "George" Yarka, Kali (Jeromy Silvernail) Webb, Kirstan Webb, Gabriel Borden, Sydney Yarka; great-grandchildren: Jackson Dunning, Jake Dunning, Beau Dunning, Joslyn Mack, Destiny Yarka, Dariana Yarka; his siblings: Bernard (Phyllis) Hakes of Pine City, Gordon Hakes of Painted Post, Marie (Medesto) Landeros of Florida, Barbara Colclough of Florida, Larry Hakes of Painted Post, Alton Hakes of Painted Post; and his dear pets: Belle, Lucky, Mufasia, and Maggie; as well as many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

In addition to his parents, Raymond was predeceased by his boy: "Newt" David Newell; his bothers: William Hakes, Walter Hakes, George Hakes Jr.; his sister: Kathleen Sprague; special nephew: Billy Hakes; and the mother of his daughters: Carol S. Hakes.

It was Raymond's wish that a Celebration of Life be held at Watson Homestead, 9620 Dry Run Rd, Painted Post, NY 14870 on January 4, 2020 at 3 PM. Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning has been entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Watson Homestead, 9620 Dry Run Rd, Painted Post, NY 14870 in Raymond's honor.
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Posted at 07:35pm
With so much love, from Laurie's girls, Amy & Tiffany
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Patti Carl

Posted at 04:56pm
It has been quite some time since we have seen Ray.He and Dorothy wood deliver wood here at our home.Never did we get a bad load.He always had a smile on his face.And was always a kind man.If we did not have the full amount for the wood he still deliver it and trusted we wood pay.Always a family man and knew that there where tough times.May you carry the good memories close to your hearth. Jim and Patti Carl.
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Posted at 10:17am
We are so very sorry for your loss. May God bless you and your family during this time. All our love. Colleen, Bryson, Rob
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Posted at 01:19pm
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June Crandall

Posted at 01:19pm
I have so many memories way too many to share here but I am going to share a few.

First I would like to say in our family we don’t have steps, halves, his or hers we are all just family. Raymond was my Uncle and we all called him Pops. The hill is our second home. Everyone goes there for laughs, good food and family, everyone is always welcome.

With that being said you could always be guaranteed you would be insulted by pops he didn’t do it to hurt your feelings he did it because that’s one way he showed you he cared.

In his younger years if you stayed and you had a hangover you could bet your a** he’d wake you up at 6:00am with a chainsaw or gunshots outside the bedroom window. He wasn’t shooting at anything in particular just wasting ammunition. No one sat still in his presence he was a hard worker and he thought everyone else should be too.

Some of my favorite memories are of our 4th of July parties we had one that we convinced pops that you had to use the F bomb with every sentence. There was another 4th of July party that he finished off a bottle of 99 Bananas that no one else would touch.

Once we had a goat on the hill named Ice it was a great goat. One day it got on the car and I got the call come get “your” goat it needs to go to the petting zoo. You know that goat pooped and peed on me on the way to the petting zoo. It wasn’t really my goat it was the grandkids goat but because I was trouble and so was the goat it was my goat.

The next memory I’m going to share is a little more meaningful. Pops let me go and pick out his dog Belle for him. Why he let me do this I have no idea. I brought her back and we named her together. He loved that dog but every time that dog did something wrong guess whose fault it was. If you said mine you were right.

We enjoyed many dinners with pops at the head of the table but as pops got sicker he was unable to come to the dinner table he was unable to do a lot of the things that he once loved to do. One thing he never forgot is that I was trouble and he would always say there’s trouble where’s Crandall. Crandall is my husband. Pops would often sit in his chair and go through the motions of a work day and counting change and I would ask him what he was doing and he would always have a story for me of what he was doing in his mind. He played ball, went drinking, ran heavy equipment and sorted his coins in his last weeks and he never once left his chair when he was doing all of this. Dementia stole his mind. I found comfort thinking that he thought he really did these things. It was the only way I could see him and not break down into tears every time.

Pops was a go getter right until the end, that’s something to be proud of. I’m going miss him, I am angry and I will grieve just as everyone should but we must find some comfort knowing his pain and suffering are now over. I will cherish every memory I have. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you going through this.
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