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Robert Dale Hays

January 27, 1959 — November 27, 2023


With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of Robert Dale Hays, aged 64, who peacefully left this world on November 27, 2023 in Moorcroft, Wyoming, surrounded by the love of his family. Born on January 27, 1959, in Bismarck, North Dakota, Robert was welcomed into the world by his parents, Donna Jean (Laramore) Schmidt and Dale Joseph Schmidt. After Dale’s death, Donna married Robert Henry Hays, who adopted Robert and provided him with a nurturing and supportive upbringing. Throughout his childhood, Robert resided in Pine Haven, Wyoming, and later moved to Moorcroft before eventually settling in Casper. Robert had an insatiable curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. He found great joy in building computers, watching educational videos on YouTube, and indulging in his favorite video games such as Minecraft, Atari, and Nintendo 64. He was also passionate about 3D printing, harnessing his creativity to bring his imagination to life. A man of many talents, Robert utilized his skills as an accomplished organist, lending his musical talents to the Catholic Church in Moorcroft. His heartfelt melodies touched the souls of all who listened and brought solace to those in need. Robert leaves behind a legacy of love and strength, including his wife, Darla Hays; his sons, Dale Hays and Derek Collins; his grandchildren, Dlynn, Logan, Kalynn, Colter, Emilio, Nayomi, Serenity, and the eagerly awaited arrival of another precious grandchild. His memory will also be cherished by his great-granddaughter, Wrenleigh Collins.  In addition, Robert is survived by his siblings, Patricia, Mary, Christine, Ronald, Gregory, and Wendy, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceding him in death were his grandson Kristopher Hays, siblings Joseph, and James, his parents Robert and Donna, and Dale Schmidt, whose memories will forever live within our hearts. Having found deep fulfillment in both his personal and professional life, Robert's occupation as a directional driller brought him immense pride and satisfaction. Working in the energy industry, he spent his days planning and facilitating the drilling process with expertise and precision. To honor and celebrate Robert's remarkable life, a funeral mass will be held on Monday, December 4, 2023, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church of Gillette, beginning at 11 am. Memorial contributions may be made in Robert's name and sent to Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th St, Gillette, WY, 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at  As we bid farewell to Robert Dale Hays, we treasure the memories he has left behind. His zest for life, unwavering love, and gentle spirit will continue to inspire us. May he rest peacefully, knowing he is forever cherished and loved.

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Monday, December 4, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

St. Matthew's Catholic Church

900 Butler-Spaeth Rd, Gillette, WY 82716

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