Robert Hayes, Jr. Obituary

Robert E. Hayes, Jr.
Robert E. Hayes, Jr.

December 24, 1940 - June 27, 2019
Born in Chicago, Illinois
Resided in Glendale Heights, Illinois


Robert Edward Hayes Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 24, 1940 to the late Marie (Clark) Hayes and Robert Edward Hayes Sr. who has preceded him in death as well as his half brother Ronnie Hayes. Robert had two sons from a previous marriage Darrell E. Hayes (Lynwood, IL) and Donnie D Hayes (deceased). Robert’s grandparents always called him “the boy” because he was the first male child born in their family for 5 generations and to everyone else he was Bobby Jr.

Robert was baptized Catholic and later made the decision to join Liberty Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Tilden Tech High School and attended Circle Campus College. In times of need and spiritual healing Robert found comfort in reading the 23 psalms.

Robert and Nancy Ewing were married May 16, 1981 at Liberty Baptist Church to their union two children were born: Kevin T Hayes (Bolingbrook, IL) and Kelli I Hayes (Alexandria VA)

Robert worked for the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a Long Hour Sub on the Railway Post Office until it closed April 30, 1971. He transferred to South Suburban Facility and later became a Manager at the Chicago Bulk Mail Center in Quality Control. During his employment he held various job titles and earned many Commendations and Monetary Awards. After 43 years of service Robert retired from the Postal Service January 03, 2003. After his retirement he remained close to his family and the best man at his wedding Edward (Sonny) Weatherly. They have always been there for each other.

On Thursday morning June 27, 2019 at 7:22 A.M. Robert E. Hayes Jr. passed away quietly at home with his family and is now in Heaven with his great-grandmother Theresa Mixon (Sweet Mama), grandmother Gladys Clark (Mama Gladys), mother Marie Clark-Hayes, father Robert E Hayes Sr., infant daughter Darline Hayes, son Donnie D. Hayes, half brother Ronnie Hayes, Brothers-in-law John C. Gibson, James Ewing and Calvin Ewing. His journey will not be complete until he talks with my Mom Evelyn Cunningham-Ewing (Dear), and my youngest nephew Branden Parson. My Mom loved him like a son.

Robert will be truly missed and leaves to cherish his memory; Nancy Ewing, his wife, friend and confidant, daughter; Kelli I Hayes, daughter-in-laws: Donna Raft-Hayes (Darrell) Alana Carlsen-Hayes (Kevin); sons Darrell D. Hayes (Donna), Kevin Tyree Hayes (Alana); grand daughter; Darvonna Hayes and Grandson, Donnavan Hayes (Darrell & Donna), Dexter and Ryder (Kevin & Alana); grandson and grand daughter Donnie Jr. and Nina (Donnie); two great grand children; One sister; Dr. Reverend, Brenda Hayes-Heffner (Mesa, AZ) (Ruben); Step-Mother; Lucille Hayes (Hopkins Pk., IL) and half sister Delores Hayes-Welch (Houston, TX). Sister-in-laws; Earnestine Ewing, Lula Parson and Alton Ewing (Calvin deceased Aberdeen, MS), Dr. Kathirene J. Ewing (Okolona, MS) Amilee Gibson (John C. deceased Waukegan, IL), Mary Bonner (Maywood, IL) and Doris Ewing and Glorious Jean Ewing (Detroit, MI,) Brothers-in-law, Ruben Heffner (Brenda) Eugene Gibson (Mary) and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

The family of, Robert E. Hayes Jr. want to thank everyone for their kind words of condolences, sympathy and prayers. We will be eternally grateful for all of the love and kindness we’ve received during Robert’s illness and after his passing. May God bless, keep and watch over you always.

On August 08, 2018 Robert E. Hayes Jr. was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). After 10 months of treatments when it appeared that continuing the treatments would not improve the quality of his life and Bobby said that he was tired, real tired and wanted to stop treatments and spend his remaining time at home with his family. Hayes and I had the conversation about death and what he wanted done with his body after death many years ago. He wanted to be cremated and did not want a funeral.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Robert to support the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Warrenville, c/o Northwestern Memorial Foundation, 541 N. Fairbanks Court, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60611,, 312-926-2033.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time of war, and a time of peace.

Light Shining out of Darkness

1. God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm.

2. Deep in unfathomable mines Of never-failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs, And works his sov'reign will.

3. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take, The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break In blessings on your head.

4. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, But trust him for his grace;
Behind a frowning providence, He hides a smiling face.

5. His purposes will ripen fast, Unfolding ev'ry hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flow'r.

6. Blind unbelief is sure to err, And scan his work in vain;
God is his own interpreter, And he will make it plain.


Lord God, You are my faithful heavenly Father. You keep all your promises and your covenant with me. (Deuteronomy 7:9) Thank you for Your daily provision in my life. (Luke 11:3) I can rejoice in the knowledge that You always supply all of my needs according to your riches in glory by Christ. (Philippians 4:19) It’s a great comfort and blessing to me to know that you know all my needs even before I say them to You. (Matthew 6:8) I rejoice in the truth that You wish above all things that I would prosper and be in health, and that my soul would prosper too. (3 John 2) I delight myself in You, Lord, and I am happy that You are giving me the desires of my heart. Praise the Lord! I commit my way to You, and I trust in You, (Psalm 37:3-5) therefore, I know that You will bring everything I need in my life for my good. (Romans 8:28) I delight in You, Lord, my shepherd, and I know that Your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. In Jesus’ name. Amen. (Psalm 23:6)




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