William M. “Bill” Kozyak, 88, of Glen Carbon and longtime resident of Granite City, passed away at Relais Bonne eau Hospice House in Edwardsville at 2:37 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015.
He was born April 15, 1927, in Metese, Mo., a son of the late Mathew and Rose (Pare) Kozyak. He married Marilynn (Greene) Kozyak on April 17, 1948, at the First Presbyterian Church in Granite City and she survives. He was the owner and operator of Kozyak Grocery Store in Granite City from 1950 until 1988. Bill’s business experience and knowledge was instrumental to his son, Bob, starting Bobby’s Frozen Custard in 1990. The United States Marine Corps veteran proudly served his country during World War II. He was a trainer of Quarter Horses and had won many awards throughout Illinois and Missouri. Bill was of the Presbyterian faith and was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, had served as president of the Park District, served on the Board of Directors of the American Heritage Bank, a member of the Moose Lodge, Eagles Aerie and Elks Lodge, all in Granite City. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends. In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by two sons, John Wesley Kozyak and wife, Barbara Silverman of Miami, Fla., and Robert William and Debbie Kozyak of Caseyville; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Robert Jackstadt of Glen Carbon; six grandchildren, Justin Kozyak, Dr. Benjamin Kozyak and wife, Dr. Katherine Jones, Jeremy Kozyak, Zhanell and husband, Tyler Enloe, Bryson and wife, Aimee Jackstadt, and Quincy Jackstadt and his fiancée, Kaide Zoelzer; one great-grandson, Coen Jackstadt; a brother and sister-in-law, Mathew “Jr.” and Sandra Kozyak of Granite City; a cousin, Marion Kozak; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lillian Burgess.
In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of memorial service at noon Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon, with Chaplain Brad Thomas as celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FLA 33131, Attn: Donor services-Kozyak and may be accepted at the funeral home; www.irwinchapel.com.