Born in Windfall on April 24, 1934, a son of the late O. Kenneth and Stella (Campbell) Ayres. Earl attended Troy High School and was a graduate of the class of 1952.
He ran his family’s dairy farm in Windfall until acquiring his own. He was always considered a “true farmer” and would help anyone with a farming task when asked.
Earl was known as being a “jack of all trades.” He could fix just about anything and was a very skilled laborer. Following farming he worked as a carpenter/contractor in the Troy area for Art Wilston. In his early years he was an avid softball player and will be remembered for being an amazing catcher.
He loved to joke and laugh and even when his health declined, he kept his sense of humor. He remained determined and was a strong fighter throughout his life. His family held prominence above all. Earl was a talented woodworker and enjoyed making wooden toys for each of his grandchildren. He was a very creative person always figuring out how to provide for family, even with limited resources. Earl was an independent man with a very calm demeanor, almost never getting angry. He will be remembered as a kind, gentle, loving husband, father and grandfather who would be there to help his family at any cost. He was a man of faith and attended his childhood church the Windfall United Methodist Church and later the New Life Church of Canton.