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Robert Monroe Hayes, 91, of Edina, Missouri, died Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the Knox County Nursing Home in Edina, Missouri.

He was born on August 12, 1920, nine miles south of Edina, Missouri, the son of Cecil W. and Mary Kate Hayden Hayes.

Robert lived in the Edina Community his entire life attended the Van Horn Rural School, Musser Rural School, and graduated from the Edina High School in the Class of 1939.

On March 1, 1941, at the Methodist Parsonage in Edina, Missouri, Robert married Frances Georgena Hart.

Robert and Georgena enjoyed the farm life, raising four children before retiring and moving to Edina in 1995, where his thoughts were still with the farm. They were members of the Edina United Methodist Church, Clancy Club, Northeast Missouri CO-OP Board and the Thousand Hills Camping Club.

Robert is survived by his wife, Georgena Hayes of Edina, Missouri; four children, Jerry Lee and his wife Faye Hayes of Columbia, Missouri, Larry Dean and his wife Cheryl Hayes of Edina, Missouri, Martha Ann Scott of Hannibal, Missouri and John William and his wife Sherrie Hayes of Edina, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, June Shepard of Edina, Missouri and Doris Binkley Hayes of Ft. Madison, Iowa; twelve grandchildren, Kimberly Ann and Danny Grant, Staci Lee and Brad Henks, Gena Marie and Brett Patton, Joseph Daniel and Laura Hayes, Amie Lynn and Rich Hollinger, Kathleen Ellen and Justin Grant, Beverly Ann Hayes, Annette Renee and Cole Mitchell, Kelly William and Lacy Hayes, Michelle Wennette McMullen, Susan Renee and John Paul Begley, and Michael Hayden and Heather Kite; thirty-two great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Mary Kate Hayes; a brother, James W. Hayes in 1999 and a sister in infancy.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.

Burial will be in the Knox City Cemetery in Knox City, Missouri.

Pastor Sam Smith will officiate and music will be provided by Carol Hayes and Brenton Karhoff. Casket Bearers will be Albert Hagerla, Gary Yoakum, Charley Hamlin, Tom Hamlin, Donnie Davis, and Jack Reardon, along with Honorary Bearers consisting of all Robert’s grandchildren.

An expression of sympathy in memory of Robert Hayes may be left to the Nutrition Site, Knox County Nursing Home, or the Edina United Methodist Church. A memorial may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home 208 N. 4th Street, Edina, Missouri 63537.