On Saturday, January 15, LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Dogs Brutus (LCC Squad) with his veteran handler Gene Weisbecker, Flex (LCC Squad) with his veteran handler Fred Vanstrom, and Nigel (LCC Staff) with his veteran handler Jim Morrison were present at the visitation and Celebration of Life Service for Fred Hayden who went home to be with Jesus on December 3, 2021. His family, friends and church members were greeted and comforted by the Kare 9s as they celebrated Fred’s life at St. John Lutheran Church in Mt. Prospect, Illinois.
To honor Fred’s service in the United States Navy Reserve at Glenview Naval Air Station, the Kare 9s and their veterans presented a purple Heart of Mercy & Compassion to his wife Joyce of 62 years, daughter and LCC staff member Debra Baran, and son Rev. Steven Hayden. They also participated in the Military Honors at the end of the service. Fred and Joyce supported the LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry by attending many 22 Events at Lutheran Church Charities with other veterans or their family members.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17