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James "Jim" Hayden

May 9, 1927 — March 25, 2024

Crystal Lake

James "Jim" Hayden

A new golfer has joined God’s golfing army. Jim is now playing the courses of heaven to his delight.
Born in Chicago, May 9, 1927, to James M. & Dorthy Hayden, his early years were spent with his family in Elmhurst, IL before moving to Crystal Lake, IL, where he began his High School as a freshman. Jim was a natural athlete who excelled at most sports in school, particularly basketball and football. Jim needed a deferment to finish High School before heading to service in the Navy and an appointment to Annapolis. Within the year WWII  had ended and he chose to return to civilian life.

He was accepted at the University of Wisconsin, his parents’ alma mater, but because of all the veterans returning home he was unable to find housing. He ended up attending the University of Oregon, in Eugene, where his cousin was President of the Chi Psi Fraternity and was able to get him membership so Jim immediately had housing. It was there he completed his education. 

Jim was a salesman par excellence and was Sales Manager for a medical publication of McGraw Hill for many years. The family humor was that he was always at either the East or West coast during every family crisis!

Upon leaving McGraw-Hill, Jim became self-employed when he purchased St Charles Office Supply which was a major supplier to the Northern Illinois area. All the Hayden children cut their teeth in the business world working there throughout their teen years.  After years in St Charles the city acquired part of the company property for bigger and better things so the company moved to South Elgin, IL and became Source One Office Products.

Jim was a devoted golfer and always managed to play at least 3 times a week,  at the Crystal Lake Country Club, where he was the longest living member. He was apparently quite the threat on the golf course. Jim once overheard the son of a golfing companion who was caddying for his father say:  “I’m not going to let that little old man beat us!”  Alas, his hope was in vain! 

Jim followed his bride-to-be, Kathryn (Miki) to New York, NY where they were married on January 21, 1961. They returned to Crystal Lake and spent their remaining years together there; she survives him. They were blessed with three children: James Jr., William (Ángel) and Kristin (Kristina), Grandson, Graham Clute, Granddaughter, Brittani (Dean) McCarter and great grandchildren James, Declan, Hayden and Evelyn McCarter. Also surviving are many dear friends, neighbors and his golfing buddies, including the ROMEOS (Retired Old Men Eating Out). He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marge and son Jim Jr.

Funeral mass will be held at St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake IL on Friday, April 5, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. with visitation from  9:00 to 10 a.m. at Davenport Family Funeral home, 419 E Terra Cotta Ave (Rt 176), Crystal Lake. concluding with the procession to the Church for mass.  

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to:
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, or to Wounded Warrior Project,
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Friday, April 5, 2024

9:00 - 10:00 am (Central time)

Davenport Family Funeral Homes and Crematory – Crystal Lake

419 E Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

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Friday, April 5, 2024

10:30 - 11:30 am (Central time)

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

451 W Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

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