Jul 10, 2009
by WLJ

Hayes Walker III

Hayes Walker III died on July 5, 2009, in Lee’s Summit, MO. He was born on March 20, 1934, in Kansas City to Mary Elizabeth Walker and Hayes Walker Jr. Hayes graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in 1952 and earned a B.S. in Ag Journalism at Kansas State University in 1956 in Manhattan, KS. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Hayes married his high school sweetheart, Claudette Frank, on June 10, 1956. He is survived by his sister, Nancy E. Walker; two daughters, Melody Walker and Hayley Walker Rees; son-in-law, Jack Rees; and two grandchildren, Kyle and Blair O’Brien.

Hayes started his publishing career after Army duty with the family business, the American Hereford Journal, which was founded by his grandfather, Hayes Walker Sr., in 1910. The Walkers sold the American Hereford Journal to the American Hereford Association in 1961. Hayes went on to publish several magazines and newspapers in the beef cattle field, most notably the Charolais Banner, Canadian Charolais Banner, Sim mental Shield, Limousin Ledger, Better Beef Business, a national all-breed publication, and Missouri Beef Cattleman. Following these enterprises, he published Kansas City-based magazines Tee Off, Blvd and Face. He launched the Village Voice at John Knox Retirement Village in 2005. He was editor at the time of this death.

Hayes was an avid bridge and scrabble player and enjoyed golf throughout his life, lettering three years on the K-State golf team. He had traveled to every state except Alaska and enjoyed leading cattleman’s tours to Europe. He trained and was an inspiration to a number of young journalists throughout his career and will be remembered for his always-cheerful outlook, optimism, and his love for starting publications. At last count, he had founded 20, beginning with his Mission Woods News in 1947. He also wrote “The Blue Book of Beef Breeds” that is still the reference book in the industry. He leaves many friends across the country. Instead of services, a celebration of his life was planned at the Courtyard at John Knox Village for July 7, 2009. The family suggests donations be made to the John Knox Foundation.