Charles Robert (Bob) Hayden, 80, of Shelbyville passed away at 10:44 a.m. Monday (January 3, 2011) at the Shelby Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday in the Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Pastor Dean Cripe officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday with Masonic rites at 8:00 p.m. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville with military rites by the Shelby County Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the Westervelt Christian Church or the Shelby County Senior Citizens Center.

Bob was born April 12, 1930 in Shelbyville, IL the son of Frank and Ersel (Banning) Hayden. Hayden, with the exception of his service in the United States Army, lived his entire 80 years of life in Shelby County. He graduated from Findlay High School and Sparks Business College. Hayden was first elected to the office of Circuit Clerk in 1972 and held that office for a period of five terms. In this capacity he served in a variety of offices including President of the Illinois Association of Circuit Clerks. He retired from his Circuit Clerk duties in 1992. In addition, Hayden served the county in the capacity of Shelby County Sherriff’s Deputy early in his career.

Hayden was a lifelong member of the Westervelt Christian Church. He served on the Glenwood Cemetery Board for 39 years and was a proud member of several civic minded organizations including the Masonic Lodge, Lions Club and the Shelby County Center Board. Volunteerism was a huge part of Hayden’s life. He participated in the Lincoln-Thornton Debate reenactment and Cemetery Walk for many years. Most recently, Hayden volunteered countless hours to the Shelbyville Festival of Lights. Bob dedicated his life to Shelbyville and Shelby County; he will be missed by the community.

Bob is survived by siblings; Carl (Anne) Hayden of Fort Walton Beach, FL; Nancy (Harry) Hudson of Shelbyville; Richard (Gertie) Hayden of Moweaqua; many loving nieces and nephews. He was a loving brother and uncle. His family will miss him greatly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Shirley Stitt and brother, Gene Hayden.