Louis George Hynes, 90, peacefully left us on February 16, 2018, five days before celebrating his 91st birthday. He was born February 21, 1927, in his farm home south of Sylvan Grove, to John and Anna (Kulich) Hynes. He was the youngest of eight brothers, and attended Orbitello country schoolhouse through the eighth grade. He was united in marriage to Norma Arlene Mudd on September 12, 1962, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Russell.
Louis was born and lived his entire life on the family farm south of Sylvan Grove until his health began to deteriorate in 2014, when he moved to Arbor Court senior living in Salina. Growing up he worked on the farm, loved planting and harvesting crops, and raising cattle and pigs. He also played in several bands in the area, and was a self-taught drummer, pianist, and accordion player. He never learned to read music, but played by ear, and entertained the residents at Arbor Court by still playing the piano and singing at the age of 90. He was also an electrician, volunteer firefighter in Sylvan Grove, and presided over the election committee in Sylvan grove for many years.
Louis is survived by his son, Tracy Hynes and wife Michelle of Brookville; three granddaughters, Sydney Hynes of Brookville, Amanda Poland and husband Daniel of Gem, and Courtney Schmidt and husband Ben of Philadelphia, PA; one great-grandson, Eli Poland of Gem; and one sister-in-law, Mildred Hynes of Sylvan Grove. He also leaves behind many loving nieces, cousins, and friends.
Louis was preceded in death by his wife Norma Hynes in 1996, his parents, and his brothers.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson. Burial will follow in the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00-8:00pm on Tuesday at the funeral home with family receiving friends from 3:00-5:00pm. Prayer Vigil will begin at 5:00pm.