Bruce G. Hayton

Passed: June 18, 2022


Bruce G. Hayton, 93, of Avondale, Arizona, passed away June 18, 2022. Bruce was born on April 2, 1929 in New York to Clifford and Irene Hayton (DeVine).

Bruce was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He had a strong and avid belief in the lord. He had a strong work ethic. At 16 years old he took his love for horses and turned it into a job, working in Saratoga, New York as a riding instructor.

Bruce moved to NJ where he held several jobs. It was while working as an ice cream man that he met the love of his life, Barbara Ann Giersch and her son Louis William Osborn. Bruce and Barbara married on November 19, 1960. Bruce often said life began for him the day they all became a family.

Bruce went on to become a specialized machinist in research and development at Bell Labs where he played a significant part in the development of fiber optics. He retired in 1992. After retiring, Bruce continued to stay active. He did countless projects with his son, tended a garden, and was an accomplished artist. Bruce was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Bruce was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ann Hayton; Survived by his son Louis William Osborn and his wife, Deborah; his daughter Arleen Hayton Gross and her husband Michael; his two grandchildren, Lou Osborn as well as Jennifer Choate and her husband, Joseph; along with many nieces and nephews.

The visitation was held at 8AM, Sunday, June 26 at Thompson Funeral Chapel. The funeral was at 9:30AM with the graveside service following at Greenwood Memorial Lawn Cemetery.

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