Michael Charles Hayes, son of the late Paul Hayes and Leora “Toot” Hayes, was born on January 14th, 1953 and passed away on June 10th, 2018, surrounded by those who loved him most.
Mike is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Kathleen (Reyling) Hayes, along with their daughter, Sara Hayes of Mount Vernon, IL, and son, Lucas Hayes and his wife Kenya of New York City. He was the very proud “Papaw” of Micaela Joann Reeves, Carter Garrett Reeves and twins, Astral Defiance Hayes and Defy Aster Hayes.
A lifelong resident of Mount Vernon, IL, Mike was the youngest of four children. His memory lives on through his brother, Rick Hayes and wife Brenda of Mount Vernon, IL, sister Sharon Keller and husband John, sister Marsha Jolliff and husband Jim, all of Flower Mound, TX, along with many loving nephews, nieces and in-laws.
An avid golfer, Mike also known as “Dinger” by his many lifelong friends, grew up playing the local courses with his father and even hit 3 glorious holes in one during his lifetime. He worked at General Tire for over 31 years, before retiring in 2006. He was a member of the Elk’s Lodge 819 and Sons of the American Legion. His enormous presence will be missed, but never forgotten.
A celebration of life will be held at Green Hills Golf Club on Thursday, June 21st from 3:40 - 6:00 PM. Family will greet friends from 3:40 - 5:00 PM and the memorial tribute will begin at 5:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to SSM Health Hospice.
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more