John Stephen Hayes, 76, of Oak Park, died on Feb. 12, 2017. 

Mr. Hayes was born on Sept. 16, 1940 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to William and Dorothy (nee Jole) Hayes. He was raised in Fond Du Lac and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1962. 

After college, he served in the U.S. Army at Fort Carson, in Colorado Springs, and locally in the Army Reserve, earning the rank of major. He obtained a law degree from DePaul University in 1971 and spent 32 years practicing insurance law. 

Mr. Hayes had many interests. He was a talented pianist, jazz enthusiast and avid Green Bay Packers fan who loved all things Wisconsin. He was a voracious reader and was a member of the Oak Park Public Library Board of Directors from 1999-2007, proudly serving as board president during construction of the new library. 

Mr. Hayes is survived by his wife, Patricia; his sons, Patrick and Michael; his daughters-in-law, Jill and Beth; his grandchildren, Devin, Colin and Ryan; his sister Colleen Rose and brother-in-law Leonard Rose; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Memorial donations can be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 611 Randolph St., Oak Park, 60302 ( or Friends of the Oak Park Public Library.

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