Chesterton resident Robert H. Ayres passed away on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009 at
the Waters of Duneland Health Care Center in Chesterton. He was 87.
Born on August 6, 1922 in Istanbul, Turkey, he was the son of Thomas H. and
Mary (Zervos) Ayres. He graduated magna cum laude from New York University
and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the European Theatre during WWII.
He was a member of Lehigh Acres, Fla., American Legion Post 323. He was the
manager of Corporate Union Relations for Inland Steel, retiring in 1985. He
was nationally recognized for his work by being inducted as a member of the
American Iron & Steel Institute. He also served on the very first police
commission in the town of Chesterton.
He is survived by daughter Donna P. Brown of Chesterton; sons Ralph D. Ayres
of Chesterton and Charles H. Ayres of Portage; fiancée Patricia A. Ryan of
Chesterton; sister Edith Boyd of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; brother-in-law Charles
Munson; grandchildren Robert H. and Alec J. Ayres of Portage; and many
nieces and nephews and several great nieces and great nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles H. Ayres, and
sister Emily Munson.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m. at the
Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton. Interment will
follow at Chesterton Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Tuesday from
noon until the time of service at 2:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the VNA
Horton Hospice Center, Valparaiso.