John Hayes, 62, of rural Emden, passed away on December 1, 2017 at St. Clara's Manor, Lincoln, IL.
He was born December 11,1954 in Lincoln, IL to J. Thomas and Patricia Fahy Hayes.
He is survived by his mother; one brother, Mark (Star) Hayes of Lincoln, IL; two sisters-in-law Jan (Mark) Schleder of Green Valley and Dawn Hayes of Glenview; his beloved niece, Theresa (Justin) Kegley and their children, Riley, Cooper and Colton of Rockford, niece Leanne (Daniel) Walton and their children, Jack and Joah of Sugar Grove; and nephew, Caleb (Jordan) Schleder of Duluth, GA.
John was blessed with a large and proud Irish Catholic family. He leaves behind many aunts, cousins, and friends that are family.
He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers, Daniel and Christopher.
John was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Delavan where he served as lectern. He was a devoted Alumni of San Jose High School and served on the board.
As a lifelong sports enthusiast, John always found himself as a spectator for many local high school sports teams, the Bradley Braves and his favorite Chicago White Sox. John has never known a stranger and was known by many as an avid softball player, coach, manager, and umpire.
John may have lost his fight with ALS, but he won the eternal victory of life with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Cremation has been accorded. A memorial mass for John will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 9, 2017, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Delavan. Msgr. Timothy Nolan will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 - 7 pm Friday, December 8, 2017 at Davis-Oswald Funeral Home in Delavan and from 9:00 to 9:45 am Saturday at the church. Burial will be at St Mary's Cemetery in Delavan.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church or ALS World Wide.
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