hayden greenlief
Hayden D. Greenlief of Weirton, a great family man, who loved people, passed away on Sunday July 24, 2022. He was 86. Hayden was born in Troy, WV on October 20, 1935, the second of five children born to Shirley E. (Bill) “Red” and Helen Knisley Greenlief. Hayden graduated in the class of 1954 from Weir High School. In October of 54, Hayden enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served his country for four years in active duty and four additional years on reserve duty. On February 26, 1961, he married Winona Pleasants. In their 61 years of marriage, they were blessed with three sons, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Hayden provided for his family working many doubles as an electrician and motor inspector in the boiler house of Weirton Steel where he retired after 33 years of service. A good Christian, Hayden nourished his faith at the Weirton Heights Free Methodist Church in Weirton and later at the Weirton Christian & Missionary Alliance Church. He enjoyed teaching Sunday school to the junior high aged children. When his boys were young, he was the Cubmaster in Troop 31 in Weirton, and enjoyed coaching them in baseball. Hayden was instrumental in building the ballfields at the Weirton Baseball Association in Kings Creek. He cherished the time he spent with his family whether it be attending their sporting events or just spending the afternoon fishing. In the spring and summer, you could find him in his garden and in the winter bowling at the Holliday Lanes. Most of all Hayden’s life could be summed up in three words… Faith, Family and Friends. In addition to his parents, Hayden was preceded in death by his two brothers, Cota Donald and S. Edwin Greenlief; and his sisters, Bonnie Dodson and Catherine Greenlief. Hayden will be remembered with love and admiration by his wife, Winona; his sons Hayden (Shelley) David (Lisa), and Shawn (Pam); his grandchildren, Nichole, Zachary, Hayden Douglas, Sean, Kelly, Brendon, Logan, Joe, Amber and John who he also considered a grandson; his three great- grandchildren, Travis, Heath and Owen; and many friends who will miss his caring and personable nature. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 PM until 7 PM at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV. Additional visitation will be Thursday 10 AM until time of services at 11 AM at the Weirton Alliance Church 119 N.13th Street in Weirton. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton, WV with military services conducted by the United States Air Force and the American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Dietary Initiative 3204 Johnson Road Steubenville, OH 43952. Share tributes at www.grecohertnick.com

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  1. We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Greco Hertnick Funeral Home

  2. Dear Hayden and all the Greenlief Family, I wish to extend my heartfelt prayers and deepest sympathy to you as you grieve your loss. God Bless you all with comfort and serenity. Sincerely, Stan Tuchalski

  3. Our most sincere sympathy to Mr Greenlief’s family. May his memory be eternal🙏 Rick & Cindy Harcharik

  4. Hayden was a great man, very caring and always would talk to you. He was a very proud father and neighbor. I grew up in the neighborhood, was his paperboy and eventually moved into the neighborhood. The “alley” where we rode our bikes at the dead-end of Marshall St. was our hangout. We sled rides down Wargacki’s field next to Hayden’s house. What great childhood memories. God speed my friend.

  5. Hayden, Shelley & son we send our condolences to you during this sad time. Sincerely, Mike & Marlene Runkel

  6. Such a fond memories from our childhood with uncle Hayden , always was an example of what a Christian and a family man was all about , you will be missed ,RIP

  7. So very sorry Hayden for the loss of your father my prayers for you and your family 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  8. We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts during this sad occasion.

  9. May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Hayden D. Greenlief, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Air Force Veteran, Hayden D. Greenlief, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

  10. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. With heartfelt condolences,

  11. To my Aunt Nona and cousins Hayden, Dave, and Shawn Cherish all of the memories of Uncle Hayden and know that he is at peace with the Lord. He will be missed by all that knew him and all of those whose lives he touched. We love you all. Linda, Tom, Josh and Kaitlyn

  12. I just seen this man. Mr. Greenlief was one of the greatest men ive ever known. Always laughing and joking. I was real close with the family with me playing sports with His son Hayden and David and Shawn. I am so sorry. I want to send my condolences to the family. Mrs Greenlief Hayden David And Shawn. My prayers are with you always. I love yall. Great Memories With The Greenlief Famliy

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