Donald R. Hayden

Born: Wed., Sep. 4, 1935
Died: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020


9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, Wed., Mar. 04, 2020
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Wed., Mar. 04, 2020
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

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Donald R. “Doodlebug” Hayden, age 84, of Pittsfield, IL passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Griggsville Estates in Griggsville, IL.  He was born on September 4, 1935 in Griggsville, IL to Lyndle and Mary Plummer Hayden.  He married Betty Staggs on September 21, 1958 in Pittsfield, and she preceded him in death on February 13, 2015.

Don graduated from Pittsfield High School and went on to join the United States Army Reserves.  After returning from the Army Reserves, he joined his parents in their farming and livestock operation including sale barning.  He continued farming on the family farm until his retirement.   Don loved walking the farm and Lake Pittsfield visiting with campers, fisherman, neighbors, City of Pittsfield employees and strangers.   He enjoyed meeting new people and never missed the opportunity to tell a wise crack.   He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsfield Saukee Sporting Events, always willing to give his 2 cents worth of advice to anyone who would listen.   Don’s hobbies included mushrooming, picking blackberries, shed time with the guys, and in earlier years bowling, card games and canoeing.   He was fond of van rides with his friends from the Estates, especially to the Dari Ripple.   Don was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pittsfield.

He is survived by his a son, Steven (Betty) Hayden of Pittsfield, IL; three daughters Rhonda Kattelman of St. Louis, MO, Sandy (Dave) Herring of Pittsfield, IL, and Debbie (David) Rhodes of Hillsboro, IL; eight grandchildren, Bruce (Lauren) Kattelman, Karley (Josh Carter) Osment, Chelsea Hayden, Clint (Morgan Deeder) Hayden, Jayme Shadowens, Kasey Osment, Cameron Herring, Hayden Osment, and two step grandsons, Josh Rhodes and Dustin (Natalie) Rhodes; two great grandchildren, Noah Kattelman and Cece Rhodes; sister, Marcella Hayden of Quincy, IL; and his family at Griggsville Estates.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Betty Hayden; and his parents, Lyndle and Mary Hayden.

A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pittsfield with Father Mark Schulte officiating.  Interment will follow at Pittsfield West Cemetery.  Visitation will be held prior to the service on Wednesday from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield.  Memorials are suggested to be made to the Griggsville Estates Activity Fund or to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Donald's memory to the following organizations:

Griggsville Estates Activity Fund

St. Mary's Catholic Church
226 E. Adams, St., Pittsfield, IL 62363

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Lori DeVine
   Posted Thu February 27, 2020
I have so many memories as a child of Don. Spending many over nights at their house with Sandy. Never a dull moment in a home filled with love and laughter. Thinking of you all.

Joe and Norma Thiele
   Posted Thu February 27, 2020
Our love and prayers go out to the Don Hayden family. We have known Doodle-bug for a long time. In fact he and Joe used to share a ride while they were students at Western IL University in the fifties. He will certainly be missed by many.

Jaye Venable Dodds
   Posted Fri February 28, 2020
“Doodlebug” was a couple years ahead of me in school, but I remember him well as a very funny guy who always had a good story for all to hear. We were also members of St. Mary’s, and Betty was a dear friend of mine from 1st grade on! He will be missed by his family and friends.

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Sat February 29, 2020
Sandy, Steve, and all your families,
My condolence in thoughts and prayer as I remember your folks. Always a cheerful greeting anytime we met.
I hope you have many pleasant memories to carry you through this time of loss.
My Sincere Sympathy, Bonnie

Theresa Basler
   Posted Mon March 02, 2020

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Mable Ellis Sutton
   Posted Tue March 10, 2020
I read in the Pike Press of Donnie's passing. I send the family my sincere condolences. Donnie and I were cousins and when we were small and lived closer together we played together. In those days the men who worked on the highway past our house brought their lunches and put them under our shade tree.
So one day Donnie and I found the lunch and ate it. we thought it was good. But the gentleman was not happy and told my Mom who made him a sandwich. Of course we were scolded and never did it again. I remember his fun times and sure he will be missed.

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