He was born in Parsons on June 16, 1928, to John Thomas and Esther (Lepley) Hames.
Following his education, he enlisted in the Air Force. He retired from the Air Force at the rank of master sergeant in 1971. During his career, he also obtained his degree in business and accounting. Following his military career, he worked for the civil service.
Survivors include a daughter, Debra Werkowitz of Niceville, Fla.; two brothers, Jerry Hames of Del Rio, Texas, and Charles Corse of Austin, Texas; a sister, Nancy Neyen of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; a grandson; and a great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Tara Lee Sammons.
The service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mason-Woodard Chapel in Joplin. Burial will be in Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Okla., at 1 p.m. Friday.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.