OWENSBORO, Ky. – Ryan "Rocky" Hayden, 35, of Owensboro, Ky. passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. He was born March 30, 1979 in Owensboro. He was a 1998 graduate of Owensboro Catholic High School, where he played football and made it to the State finals his senior year. Rocky was employed as a safety engineer for Skanska. He was an Army veteran and was of the Catholic faith. He enjoyed hanging out with his friends, was an avid sports fan and loved ESPN.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley JoAnn Ward Hayden on November 13, 2008.
Survivors include his father, Frank Hayden of Owensboro; his brother, Ross Hayden of Austin, Texas; two sisters, Jodi Birkhead of Owensboro and Jana (Ryan) Hudson of Calhoun, Ky.; his son, Trenton Hayden of Owensboro; his girlfriend, Kasey Mullican of Owensboro; four nieces; one nephew; one great nephew and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services are 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the Chapel of James H. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory, 3009 Frederica Street in Owensboro. Burial is in Resurrection Cemetery in Owensboro. Visitation is from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and after 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home, where prayers will be said at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, Ill. 60693.
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