LaVerne Allen Hayes, 77, Pecatonica, Illinois died Monday, December 10, 2012 as the result of an automobile accident.\r\r\n\r\r\nBorn July 2, 1935 in McConnell, Illinois the son of Mr. and Mrs. Malvin “Hans” Hayes and Helen (Pittsley) Hayes. Married the former Adele G. Kieckhaefer in Freeport, Illinois on July 10, 1978. He was employed as a truck driver by Dean’s Foods, Frito Lay and Roy’s Dairy. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Pecatonica, Illinois and the Audubon Society. He enjoyed bowling and golfing. Graduated from LeWin High School and attended Cornell University.\r\r\n\r\r\nSurvivors include nieces and nephews, Debbie (Stan) Hawkins, Foreston, Illinois, Robert (Jackie) Shaffer, Jr. and Melanie (Eric) Maurer, both of Freeport, Illinois, Cindi (Skip) Stevenson, Monroe, Wisconsin, Laurie (Tom) Dwyer, Chandler, Arizona, Mike (Becky) Shaffer and Kym (Nick) Rowe both of Freeport, Illinois and Jeff Shaffer, Monroe, Wisconsin, many great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Betty Shaffer and nephew Douglas Shaffer.\r\r\n\r\r\nFuneral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 17, 2012 in St. Mary Catholic Church, 126 W Fifth Street, Pecatonica, Illinois with Msgr. Robert Sweeney officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Freeport, Illinois. A visitation will be held at Countryman Funeral Home, 529 Washington Street, Pecatonica, Illinois from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 16, 2012 with a rosary to be held at 5:30 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the service on Monday.