Franklin “Frank” P. Hayba, 88, died of natural causes and Alzheimer’s on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in a hospice in The Villages, Fla.
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Jan. 14, 1926.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was selected to serve in the V-12 engineering program at Princeton University. He also held a master of business administration degree from Western Reserve University.
In 1967, he moved his family including his wife, Betsy, and children, Susan, Dan and Margaret to Cleveland, when he became director of engineering at Magic Chef, Inc. His first task there was developing a self-cleaning gas oven.
He was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Cleveland, and he organized and taught Sunday School at the Bachman Home. He and Betsy led the junior high school fellowship group at the church for one year.
He was named “Man of the Year” by the Sertoma Club of Cleveland in the late 1970s for his many community services, including president of Kiwanis, United Way and Junior Achievement. He also produced “Cry of the Owl,” an outdoor drama based on Col. James F. Corn’s book and written as a play by Warnie Finnell. It was put on at Red Clay State Park in 1980 and 1981.
He enjoyed his work as a mechanical engineer doing design and development work. He had seven U.S. patents on his inventions on stoves, vacuum cleaners, food handling equipment and fire extinguishers. His last invention came after he retired from Whirlpool Corp., when they asked him to come back to work as a temp. His patented design on the shelf for the oven of a stove is still being made and sold today in Sears stores.
The Haybas moved from Cleveland to Danville, Ky., in 1985.
Their children are Susan Lee Hayba Versley and Anthony “Tony,” Daniel Owen Hayba and Pamela and Margaret Alta Hayba Gonzales, Esquire. Grandchildren are Erin, Nathan, Kevin, Ben, Grace, Yab, Danielle, Emily and Katherine.
Cornerstone Hospice, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, Fla. 32161 was in charge of arrangements.