George C. Hayes, 86, of New Athens, IL; born December 5, 1926 in Qulin, MO, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at his home with his loving family by his side. Mr. Hayes was a farmer and a member of St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL. He also proudly and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army towards the end of WW2 and also during the Korean War. George belonged to several organization during his lifetime including the New Athens Lions Club; Masonic Lodge; St. Clair County Farm Bureau and served on the board of directors of the Lenzburg Farmers Co-Op. He was also a member of the Teamsters.
He is preceded in death by his parents Philip and Belvia, nee McIver, Hayes. His loving wife Virginia, nee Thomas, Hayes whom he married on May 11, 1946 in Poplar Bluff, MO and who passed away on December 13, 2011.
He is survived by his two daughters – Diane (William) Lacey of St. Louis, MO and Mary Limauro of Andover, MA. Three grandchildren – Kelly (James) Edwards of Webster Groves, MO; Capt. John (Brittany) Limauro of Fort Carson, CO; Mark Limauro of Andover, MA. Three great-grandchildren – Abigail; Hayley; James Jr. One brother – Billy Mac Hayes of Doniphan, MO.
Visitation: Friends may call at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL on Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and on Monday, March 11, 2013 from 9:00am to 10:00am.
Funeral: Services will be held at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 10:00am with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch officiating.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.
It is with great sadness to hear of George’s passing. I consider myself very fortunate to have met such a great man through my father in law Cletus Lischer. George was always such a kind person and i will miss his great humor.
Posted by: Jeff Edmonds – Marissa, IL – Friend Mar 09, 2013
Mary and Diane,
I’m so sorry for the loss of your father and i want to send my condolences to the two of you.
Posted by: RuthAnn Richards – Andover, MA – friend of daughters Mar 10, 2013
Cousins Mary and Diane – I am so sorry to hear of Uncle George’s passing. He was quite a charachter and will be missed by all of us out West. Mom and I really enjoyed our trips to see Aunt Teeny and Uncle George on the farm – glad we made those memories. Please accept our deepest condolences.
Posted by: Kimberly Mozee Dunham – Leona Valley, CA – Cousin Mar 12, 2013