Robert J. Hays

Robert J. "Bob" Hays

CANTRALL, IL - Robert J. "Bob" Hays, 89, of Cantrall, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.

Bob was born Feb. 11, 1925, in Lowder, IL, the son of Albert and Marie (Bean) Hays. Bob proudly served our country in the Army during WWII, fighting in Northern France, The Rhineland, and Central Europe. After serving our country Bob would go on to work as a superintendent for his family business, Bert Hays Construction. He later went on to work for Davenport Builders until he retired.

Bob married Nancee Bergfeld on June 29, 1957, at Springfield Southern Baptist Church.

Bob was an avid bowler. He enjoyed working around the neighborhood and mowing on his tractor. For more than thirty years, Bob supplied the Springfield area with his famous peanut brittle during the Christmas holidays. His number one passion however was being a loving and devoted great-grandfather to Brittany and Bethany.

Bob and Nancee are members of the New Life Baptist Church in Athens.

Surviving Bob are his loving wife of 56 years Nancee; son, Terry (wife, Susan) Hays of Lake Forrest, CA; grandson, Tim (wife, Kris) Hays of Cantrall; great-granddaughters, Brittany and Bethany Hays of Cantrall; sisters: Mary Doolen of Macon, Helen Chism and Dorothy "Dodo" Erickson both of Springfield; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Paul, Wayne, Oscar, and Ed Hays.

Funeral services are being conducted by Bisch & Son Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen St., Springfield, IL 62703. Visitation will be on Monday, May 5, 2014, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. A funeral service conducted by Pastor Milton Crain will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at West Cemetery in Thayer, IL.

Those who wish to may leave memorials in Bob's name to: St. Jude Children's Hospital or New Life Baptist Church, Athens, IL.

Please share in Bob's online "Life Remembered Story" at

Funeral Home

Bisch & Son Funeral Home
505 East Allen Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 544-5424

Published in The State Journal-Register from May 3 to May 4, 2014