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Mr. Stanley Hayward. 78, a resident of the New Mexico State Veterans Home, died on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.  He was born in North Korea on September 12, 1940.  His father died when he was very young and his mother met and remarried an American soldier, named Stanley P. Hayward, who adopted young Stanley.  They then moved to the United States to raise Stanley, settling in New York City.  The kids were mean to him as he was growing up in a strange land, so he had to learn how to fight.  He would carry a rock around for protection.  He quit school and drove a taxi and other odd jobs.  At age 32 he joined the United States Army and served all over the United States and overseas.  He retired in 1992 after 21 years of honorable service.  Stanley was a very private person but if you got to know him, you loved him.  His smile could light up any room, but he didn’t smile much so if you got a smile from him, that was a rare treat.  He enjoyed Classical music and could play many instruments such as the piano, trumpet, clarinet, harmonica, and flute, to name a few.  He also taught piano classes.  In his later years he enjoyed watching TV, spending time with friends, and going out to eat at different Korean restaurants.  He especially loved popcorn and Coca-Cola.  He once said, “I tried drinking Diet Coke, drank it for seven years, never lost any weight, so I said to heck with that so I started drinking Coke.”  Stanley was also affectionately called Mr. Miyagi, having received that nickname from his friend, Misty, because he taught her so much about life, his culture, and finances.  Stanley is preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters.  He is survived by a special friend, Misty Rogers and her family; and by a host of friends.  Mr. Hayward will be laid to rest on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at 1:00 P.M. at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, Texas.  

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  • Monday, August 26, 2019
    The staff of Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. will keep you and your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to assist you in your time of need.
    ~ Kirikos Family Funeral Home
  • Monday, August 26, 2019
    I didn't know Mr. Hayward but wished I had. What a remarkable life history. I am a 28 year Army Veteran and will also be buried at the Ft. Bliss National Cemetery. I go there often so will stop and pay respects my next trip down. Thank you for your service.
    ~ Harry Verburg   Truth or Consequences, NM
  • Tuesday, August 27, 2019
    Thanks you For your service ……...
    ~ Ken Riedemann   t or c
  • Friday, August 30, 2019
    So sad to hear about Mr. Hayward. He was a very interesting man. I had the pleasure of knowing him and being about to take him to the store to buy his Coca Cola and junk food that he loved so much. He will be missed by the aids at the Veterans Center they all loved him and took good care of him. He is at peace now.
    ~ Teresa Jacquez   torc, NM
  • Wednesday, September 4, 2019
    Good man with a great heart! Listened to a few of his stories.....amazing!! He is missed! I was proud to call him my friend. G Shannon