Hayes G. Stewart, 81, of Phoenix, died April 27, 2006. He was born Sept. 7, 1924 in Ft. Scott, Kan. to Hayes and Brooke (Brodbeck) Stewart.
After serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, he moved to California to pursue a career in acting. He was a television and radio personality, and was in four "Grizzly Adams" movies made in Payson.
Mr. Stewart moved to Arizona 52 years ago, he founded the KMOG radio station in Payson and was the vice president, officer at large of the Screen Actors Guild of Arizona.
He was a member of the Elks and American Legion in Phoenix.
Mr. Stewart was quite active in Payson from 1965 until 1984. He announced many of the communities parades and rodeo events.
He also resided in Tonto Basin from 1997 until 2003.
He founded the Rim Country Newspaper, which was acquired by the Payson Roundup.
A small group of Paysonites put together the corporation, RimCo, Inc. and KMOG radio station was founded through this corporation. He and his wife did all of the paperwork, which was quite a project in those days. They had to go to the FCC Agency in Washington, D.C. (in 1980) to get the approval for the AM station.
Mr. Stewart is survived by his wife, Virginia; daughter, Lydia (George) Miszuk; son, Bill (Sandi) Foster; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 9034 N. 23rd Avenue, #8, Phoenix, AZ 85021.
He was buried with honors in the National Memorial Cemetery at Cave Creek Road.