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Ellis Hay

Ellis David Hay

Monday, March 15th, 1937 - Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
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Obituary

Ellis “David” Hay, 81, born March 15, 1937 in Indianapolis, IN passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

David’s great passion was teaching and serving. He retired as a fifth-grade science teacher from Webster Groves School District. He loved his students and found creative ways to engage them in learning. His five-foot tall Bugs Bunny helped him give children’s sermons at First Congregational Church of St. Louis. David taught Model Rocketry at St. Louis Community College at Meramec and was a member of the National Rocketry Association. He had great pride in and dedication to the prisoners he tutored at the St. Louis County jail, helping with the literacy of some and with others guiding their progress towards earning their GED. He wore his Dr. Seuss hat while reading to children at the Shriners Hospitals for Children. With the Boy Scouts of America, he was a merit badge counselor in canoeing and horsemanship. For years at Meals on Wheels, he was known as a faithful and joyful volunteer, usually wearing something tie-dyed. When David was not working on his HO gauge train layout, which filled what had once been his living room, he was looking to help in a soup kitchen or reading about the civil war. David loved his 1936 Chevy street rod and was a member of the National Hot Rod Association.

His deepest joy over the last two plus decades was as a beloved member of the extended Clark family, who loved him extraordinarily.

David was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Ellis Walker Hay, DD and Marian Hay, nee Smith.

Surviving are his brother, the Rev. John (Carol) Hay of New Haven, CT; His nieces Katherine Hay, Molly Hay Howson, nephew Mathew Hay; His fiancé, Sandra “Sue” Clark of O'Fallon; His four step-children, Kristal (Vance) Pruett of Millstadt, IL, Christopher (Diane) Clark of Millstadt, IL, Pamela Robinson of Millstadt, IL and Michelle (Shawn) Graves of O’Fallon, IL. Also surviving “Papa” David are 11 step-grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org. Condolences may be extended to the family online at www.schildknechtfh.com.

Memorial Service will be held Monday, December 10, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 South Lincoln Ave., O'Fallon, IL 62269.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, December 10th, 2018 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Monday, December 10th, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Schildknecht Funeral Home
    Address
    301 South Lincoln Avenue
    O'Fallon, Illinois 62269
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial Service will be held Monday, December 10, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 South Lincoln Ave., O'Fallon, IL 62269.
  • Service

    Monday, December 10th, 2018 | 6:00pm
    When
    Monday, December 10th, 2018 6:00pm
    Location
    Schildknecht Funeral Home
    Address
    301 South Lincoln Avenue
    O'Fallon, Illinois 62269
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Jerry Thierheimer

Posted at 12:56pm
I met Mr.Hay in 1967 at Bermuda
at Elementary school Ferg/Florissant Mo district. He was an Explorer Scout Leader to my oldest brother Chuck. Firm but lovable is how I will recall him. Tall to a 10 year old but a majestic Soul, RIP Sir...
BM

Bert and Sheila Merrell

Posted at 02:34pm
Dear Sue and John,
Bert and I are so saddened to learn of David's passing. We sat in the back row of church directly behind David and his/your mother, John, and enjoyed the conversation between Mrs. Hay and Bert's Aunt Dot O'Neil. These ladies loved sharing photos of their grandchildren! David was always friendly and supportive of the ministries of First Congregational Church of St Louis. He and Sheila served on the Christian Education committee several times through the years. And his children's sermons with Wile E. Coyote and friends are legendary! Please accept our condolences and best wishes. Bert and Sheila Merrell
BW

Billie Moog Ward

Posted at 06:27pm
David Hay was an extraordinary man whose influence on the lives of my four sons was profound and lasting. As a teacher and a servant to others he lived as he taught: honestly, interestingly and caringly. I will forever be grateful to God for the gift of David Hay to my children. My condolences for your great loss!
KD

Kim (Dowd) Dominic

Posted at 05:25pm
Mr. Hay was a blessing to so many kids in the Webster Groves school district. He came to my fourth grade class after we had gone through three teachers during third grade. We were NOT an easy class. Mr. Hay threw out the old rules and made new ones of his own, which we learned quickly to respect. He truly loved his students and we knew it. And we loved him, too. When we invited him to our high school class reunion picnic, everyone was more interested in talking to Mr. Hay than they were in talking to each other. I do hope that he knew how much he meant to so many of us. May he rest in well-deserved peace, and may God bless his family.
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Lisa Traubitz

Posted at 02:22pm
It’s wonderful to see so many loving tributes to Mr. Hay. All 4 of us Traubitz kids had the pleasure of having Mr. Hay for a teacher at Goodall and Edgar Road schools in Webster Groves. I had the privilege of talking with him awhile back after I saw an article about him in the paper. I got the chance to thank him and tell him how important he was as a teacher for us. He will be missed. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
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