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Robert L. Hayes, a construction worker from Ellensburg, apparently electrocuted Monday morning as he worked atop a 130 foot Bonneville Power Administration tower north of here, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office reported.

Hayes, in his early 30's, was an employee of Power City Construction and Equipment, Inc., a firm which recently won a contract to put new conductors on a 230,000-volt power line between Grand Coulee Dam and a substation at Mead.

Officers said Hayes apparently came in contact with a high voltage line. He was dead when rescue workers brought him to the ground. Some 30 minutes was required to remove the body from the tower.


The body of Robert Lewis Hayes, 36, who was electrocuted north of Spokane Monday morning [November 30, 1964], will be returned here by the Evenson Funeral Home for services and burial. His home was at Kittitas. Arrangements are pending the arrival [IOOF Cemetery].

Mr. Hayes was born May 30, 1928 in Ellensburg, attended Kittitas High School and served with the US Navy during the Korean War. He married Mollie Mullen on Sept. 21, 1957 in Kittitas and they had made their home there since that time. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Electrical Workers Union NO. 77 at Richland. He had been working for the Power City Construction and Equipment Co. in Spokane the past five years on various jobs and had been in Spokane the last week.

Survivors are his wife and three daughters, Marsha, 6, and twins Patty and Pammy, 5, at the family home; his mother, Mrs. Leza Hayes of Ellensburg; and three sisters, Mrs. Victor Wiltgen, Ellensburg, Mrs. Walt Miller, Reno, Nev., and Mrs. Fred Roletto, Ronald.