James Howard Hayes, 82, of Rockford, formerly of Shawneetown, passed away 10:36 a.m. April 17, 2013, at the Provena Cor Mariae Center in Rockford.
He was born on Nov. 28, 1930, in Shawneetown, the son of Howard Curtis and Hazel (Logsdon) Hayes. James married Oneida Mae Griffin on August 26, 1950. He was a retired drafting machine designer and a mechanical engineer. Also, he was a member of the New Milford United Methodist Church in New Milford.
James is survived by his wife, Oneida Hayes of Rockford; four daughters and two sons; brother, William and Jean Hayes of Houston, Tex.; sister, Dorothy and Ralph Kutemeier of Grand Park; cousin, Emma Lou Mitchell of Harrisburg; 17 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son. Visitation for James will be noon to the 2 p.m. service time Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Vickery Funeral Chapel in Shawneetown. The Rev. Ron Johnson will officiate with burial at Union Ridge Cemetery near New Haven.
Internet condolences may be made at the website, www.vickeryfuneralchapel.com.