Thomas L. Hayes, 66, of Jacksonville, died Thursday, Jan. 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 VFW 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 was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville with Fr. Tom Meyer, Celebrant and Fr. Charles Nelson, Concelebrant. Organist Mary Carrigan accompanied Cantor Sue Tapscott and the Our Saviour Adult Choir as they sang ""On Eagle's Wings,"" ""You Are Mine,"" ""Song of the Body of Christ,"" ""Song of Farewell"" and ""Irish Blessing."" Mary Phalen gave the scripture readings and Terry English read the Petitions. Servers were Patrick May, Morgan Lindsey and Kaitlin Schulte. Gentzy Franz gave the eulogy. Pallbearers were Roger Pratt, Jerry Suttles, Butch Watts, Phil Pratt, Matt Suttles, Brian Watts and Aaron Watts. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Phalen, Dick Anthony, Pat Tobin, Mike Willen, Jerry Alderman, Mike Moore, Danny Arthaloney and Jerry Wilson. Burial was at Sacred Heart Cemetery near Franklin where graveside military honors were conducted by the Combined Veterans Ceremonial Team with Ralph Johnson, commander; Joy Wood, chaplain and bugler; Larry Strubbe, officer of the day; Porky Jachino and Coy Burnett, color guards; Bob Stewart and Doug Logan, color bearers; and Joe Buchanan, Herschel Carriger, Leroy Garrison, Tom Holmes, Larry Preston, Dick Rawlings and Frank Wildhagen, firing squad. Don Beeley conducted a prayer service Tuesday evening and a closing prayer Wednesday morning. The Williamson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.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 www.airsman-hires.com.
Williamson Funeral Home
1405 Lincoln Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Jan. 27, 2013