James Hayes, Jr., age 68 of Grand Island, died April 28, 2018, at the Veteran’s Home in Grand Island.  Robert was born Sept. 2, 1949, in Hastings, the son of Robert and Althea (Henry) Hayes, Sr.  
He grew up in Columbus and was a 1968 graduate of Columbus High School.  Robert served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  
He formerly lived in Columbus, Tucson, Ariz. and San Manuel, Ariz.  
He had worked in copper mines and was a truck driver before his retirement.  Robert loved photography, art work and wood sculpting.  
Survivors include his sister, Connie Gay and husband Nick of Columbus; nieces and nephews, Troy Gay, Brett Gay and Holly Gaebel; many other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  
There will be no viewing or visitations.  Private family services will be held at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.marshallfuneral.com.  
Marshall Funeral Chapel of Nebraska City is in charge of arrangements.