Paul Gardner ‘Gardy’ Hayden, 93

Capt. Paul Gardner “Gardy” Hayden, USN (Ret.), age 93, died after a brief illness in Mequon on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.

He was born Aug. 12, 1920, in Green Bay to Gardner and Harriet (nee Edwards) Hayden. Gardy attended St. John’s Grade School and Green Bay East High School. He was active in football, basketball and track. Gardy spent two years at Lawrence University in Appleton studying chemistry. In 1940, the U.S. Navy wanted men with at least two years of college for commissioned officers so Gardy enlisted at the age of 19. Gardy spent most of his career on the Destroyer USS Sterett and later the Destroyer USS Cimarron. He was in the battle of Guadalcanal and Tulagi in “Iron Bottom Sound.” Gardy served almost seven years of active duty and retired from the Navy in 1960 after receiving medals from the Pacific, African and Atlantic theatres.

Gardy returned to college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1950. Upon graduation, Gardy began work at Northern Paper Mills in Green Bay as a chemist. That same year, Gardy married Maxine (nee Hanna) and they lived in Green Bay. In 1951, Gardy joined Milprint in DePere as a product development chemist, was promoted to plant manager in 1960 and manager of Manufacturing Midwest Division in Milwaukee in 1970. Gardy’s family then moved to Grafton, where they lived for eight years.

In 1978, Gardy and his family moved to Winfield, Ill., so Gardy could accept a job at Meyercord in Carol Stream, Ill. Gardy officially retired in 1984 and relocated to La Jolla, Calif., for 24 years. In 2009, Gardy came back to Grafton to live with his daughter, Julie, and family.

Maxine preceded Gardy in death in October of 2002. His parents; daughter, Chrissy Mary; granddaughter, Melissa Gramoll; and brother John Hayden also preceded Gardy in death.

He is survived by his son, Paul (Betty) Hayden of Evansville, Ind.; and their children, Jasmine, John and Jacob; and granddaughter, Kiernan; daughter, Julie (Scott) Gramoll of Grafton, and their daughters Molly and Sara Gramoll, who so enjoyed their four years of Papa living with them. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Fort Howard Memorial Park, 1350 N. Military Ave., Green Bay, at noon, followed by full military honors. A memorial gathering will be held at the mausoleum chapel from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. For online condolences please visit

Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory in Grafton is assisting the family.