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Thomas L. HAYES Obituary

Thomas L. Hayes

JACKSONVILLE - Thomas L. Hayes, 66, of Jacksonville, Ill., died Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was born July 28, 1946, at Our Saviour Hospital in Jacksonville, the son of Virgil L. and Eleanor Rose Brennan Hayes. He married Maryann Watts on May 20, 1972, at Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, and she survives.

He is also survived by one daughter, Lori (husband, Gentzy) Franz of Champaign; four grandchildren, Brennan, Zoe, Ava, and Hayzel Franz, all of Champaign; and his mother, Eleanor Hayes of Jacksonville. He was preceded in death by one son, John Thomas "J.T." Hayes, and his father.

Tom served in the United States Army from 1966-1968, seeing active duty in Vietnam from January 1967 through January 1968. He was awarded one Purple Heart and one Purple Heart Oak-Leaf Cluster for his service. He returned home and joined Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 137 in 1968 and began his career working at Petersburg Plumbing and Heating, and later Roach Plumbing and Heating. He finished his career working with Doyle Plumbing and Heating for 13 years prior to retiring. Tom was a member of Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, a life member of V.F.W. Post 1379, and also held memberships in the Jacksonville Elks and Knights of Columbus.

Tom enjoyed many hobbies, including fishing, golf and bowling. He liked to spend his free time working in the yard, attending gun shows, going to the gym, and walking his beloved Labrador, "Irish." He was a fan of all sports, especially Boston College football and Chicago Cubs baseball. He was thoughtful and non-judgmental, kind and humble, but possessed a remarkable laugh. Tom loved his family and many friends, and cherished his grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, with burial and military rites at Sacred Heart Cemetery near Franklin. Friends may call after 1 p.m. on Monday at the Williamson Funeral Home, where family will meet friends following a 3:45 p.m. prayer service, until 7 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the or the J.T. Hayes Scholarship Funds at either Routt Catholic High School or Illinois College. Condolences may be left to the family online at airsman-hires.com.

Published in The State Journal-Register on Jan. 28, 2013
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