Thomas Hynes

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Thomas J. Hynes, 77, of Belleville, IL, born February 29, 1944, in New Rochelle, NY, died Thursday, May 13, 2021, at Memorial East Hospital, Shiloh, IL.

Mr. Hynes retired from High Mount School District #116 as director of maintenance. He was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and a former member of the Gateway Golden Retriever Rescue.  Tom was a United States Air Force veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas V. and Helen I., nee Stacom, Hynes; a sister, Barbara (Russell) Ciotti; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Hazel B., nee Denton, Rowden; and a brother-in-law, Walter E. Rowden.

Surviving are his wife of nearly 56 years, Frances L., nee Rowden, Hynes, whom he married June 19, 1965, at the Scott Air Force Base Chapel; a daughter, Julie (Alan) Haake of Swansea, IL; a grandson, Sam Haake; and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at St. James Catholic Church, Millstadt, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at St. James Catholic Church, Millstadt, IL, with Msgr. Marvin Volk officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


13 Comments on Thomas Hynes

Rick Heaton said : Guest Report May 18, 2021 at 7:07 AM

My sympathies to Fran and rest of family & friends. Tom & I fished White River and other area waters many times. He loved it there and was always ready to go back. Tom loved to brag about teaching his grandson how to fish. Tom was great friend and will be missed a lot.

  • Pevely
  • Missouri
Sharon Rickert said : Guest Report May 17, 2021 at 5:14 PM

Good memories. Fishing, trimming trees, moving trees several times. I will miss him. He was a good friend to Dennis and I. God bless Tom.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Gene and Marlene Herrmann said : Guest Report May 17, 2021 at 6:58 AM

Our sympathy to Alan, Julie and Sam for the recent death of their father, father in law and grandpa. Our love and prayers are with you! May he Rest In Peace!

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Shannon Leclair said : Guest Report May 16, 2021 at 8:58 PM

My sympathies go out to the family..I worked with Tom at High Mount School and we always talked about growing up on the East Coast... may you Rest In Peace.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Julie Kirkland said : Guest Report May 15, 2021 at 7:37 AM

Our most sincere condolences Fran! I am sure Tom was met at the Rainbow bridge with so much love and so many wags! Finnegan among them. Tom was so great with those dogs! Very sorry for your loss.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
John Hynes said : Guest Report May 15, 2021 at 6:21 AM

Tom was my first cousin & a great man he was , He will be truly missed ! Rest in peace Cousin Tom !

  • Woodbourne
  • New York
Joan Mentzer said : Guest Report May 14, 2021 at 8:07 PM

Fran and Julie- So sorry to hear about Tom. He was very well liked at High Mount and took pride in his job. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
John said : Guest Report May 14, 2021 at 11:30 AM

Fran and Julie, I enjoyed the many talks Tom and I had while at High Mount. It also became a great opportunity for me to get to know both of you. He was always talking about both of you. He will be missed.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Andrea Day said : Guest Report May 14, 2021 at 9:48 AM

Fran, I am so sorry to hear about Tom. He was such a kind man and a great neighbor. We loved his visits with Zoey to see Gary. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  • Sun City
  • Arizona
Stacey Lauenstein said : Guest Report May 14, 2021 at 8:27 AM

Julie I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Collinsville
  • IL
Deborah Eagle said : Guest Report May 13, 2021 at 8:26 PM

I was lucky enough to know Tom and Fran as the most wonderful and generous neighbors in Belleville. Tom's kindness and his caring nature are what I think of most. I send my heart felt condolences and prayers to Fran and family.

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Frank D Platt said : Guest Report May 13, 2021 at 8:10 PM

May his memory be a blessing,

  • New City
  • NY
Jim Renner said : Guest Report May 13, 2021 at 4:08 PM

I am so sorry Fran and Julie. I always enjoyed Tom’s company. Will always remember those years playing softball with Tom on the Homebrite team. He was a little older than the rest of us but always had a steadying influence on all of us. The world is a little less brighter today

  • Belleville
  • IL

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