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Mr. Richard William Hays

January 13, 1946 ~ April 2, 2018 (age 72)

Richard William “Dick” Hays, 72, of Keithsburg, died at 2:17 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2018 in Heartland Health Care Center.

He was born January 13, 1946, in Aledo, the son of Donald “Hap” and Alma (St. George) Hays.

He is survived by his son, Donald (Tara) Hays of Oquawka; two grandchildren, Drake and Adrianna; a sister, Mary Ann Willits in Arizona; a nephew, Shannon Willits; and a niece, Staci McBride.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Hays.

Dick was a mechanic in the United States Air Force before retiring.  He graduated from Yorkwood High School in 1964.  Dick enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a collector of all things.

Private family graveside services with military honors will be held in Memorial Park Cemetery in Galesburg.  There will be no visitation.  Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services of Galesburg is handling arrangements for the family.  Online condolences may be made at

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