SCHAUMBURG – Jerome "Jerry" Hayes, a member of the greatest generation who resided in Schaumburg, will be remembered as a loving family man and loyal friend.
Jerry was born to Frank and Marie Hayes on Feb. 24, 1925, the second of four children. Raised on a farm in Crystal Lake, he developed a love for animals where Jerry and his siblings learned to ride at an early age from his father, a professional polo player.
In 1943 at the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Army
, joining the First Cavalry, the last mounted regiment out of Fort Riley, Kan. Jerry saw combat in the South Pacific earning the Bronze Star
in the Battle of Leyte and several other citations.
At wars end, he attended the University of Illinois
and was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. After leaving college he returned to Crystal Lake, married Joan Kirchberg and over the next 25 years they raised their two sons, Mick and Tim. He spent the majority of his working career in advertising sales and publishing. He was a charter member of the Crystal Lake Jaycees and later in his life Jerry served 10 years on the Schaumburg Mental Health Board, championing the cause of the Renz Addiction Center. A man of service and ideas, he was a longtime member of St. John the Evangelist in Streamwood and their chapter of the Knights of Columbus. He worked tirelessly on several successful fundraisers leading by his positive attitude.
His many friends remember him as a great storyteller who loved to make people laugh. He was an avid golfer, a frustrated handyman and loyal friend. He taught his sons to play golf and ride English because a Western saddle was "just too much leather."
He said that he was the luckiest guy he knew because he got a "second bite of the apple" when he married Rosemarie "Bebe" Hayes. Embraced by her loving tight-knit family, he delighted in the accomplishments of their grandchildren, cheering them on in all their pursuits.
He is survived by his wife, "Bebe," of 31 years; his brother Marshall, sons, Michael and Timothy; grandchildren, Holly (Hayes) Rey, Matthew and Shawn; great-grandson, Maximo Rey; stepchildren, John (Teresa) Kasch, Steve Kasch, Susan Kasch (Terry) Gates, Donna Kasch (Tim) Aspy and Gary (Paula) Kasch; and his 11 stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Courtney and Judy; and first wife, Joan (Kirchberg) Riordan.
The visitation for Jerry will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, 330 W. Golf Road, Schaumburg, where funeral prayers will be said at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 23, going to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 502 S. Park Blvd., Streamwood, for a 10 a.m. Mass celebration. Interment will be in St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery.
For information, call the funeral home at 847-882-5580.