Eric Hays, 54, died Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Des Moines while on a walk with his wife. Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Thursday, May 1, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines. Burial followed at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.
Eric was born Nov. 9, 1959, in Knoxville, to Norman and Shirley Hays. He graduated from Iowa State University and worked for Principal Financial Group for 29 years, most recently as Assistant Vice President of Technology which allowed him to travel the world.
Eric married his wife, Carole, on July 26, 1986, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Des Moines and they made their home in West Des Moines where they raised their three sons.
Eric is survived by his wife, Carole; his sons, Aaron, Ryan and Andy; and his sister, Sarah (Russ) Cusick of Southport, N.C. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Dowling Catholic High School. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.
Eric will be remembered for his years as a leader in Boy Scouts, his love of gardening and the outdoors, music, and world travel.