Charles R. Svoboda Jr., 78, of Granite City, passed away at 7:35 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at Rosewood Care Center in Edwardsville.
He was born Feb. 17, 1937, in Granite City, a son of the late Charles Richard and Rose (Bridick) Svoboda Sr. He married Jeanette F. (Cicio) Svoboda on Oct. 2, 1965, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Venice and she passed away on Feb. 24, 2013. Charles retired on Nov. 1, 1996, from Boeing after more than 28 years of dedicated service with McDonnell Douglas as a purchaser. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during the Korean War. He was a dedicated member of the Collinsville American Legion Post No. 365, Knights of Columbus Tri-Cities Council No. 1098, Chef de Gare Club and the Venice Social Club. He was also a former member of St. Marks Catholic Church in Venice. He had a special love of cigars and guns and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
He is survived by two daughters, Pamela Dean and Greg “Sully” Sullivan, Lisa Davis and John Davis; one son, Richard C. Svoboda; three grandchildren, Brett M. Dean, Anthony C. Dean and Samuel D. Dean, all of Granite City; one great-grandchild, Griffin D. Davis of Edwardsville; a sister, Carol and Gene Robertson of Madison; brother-in-law, Gerald D. and Beverly Cicio of Granite City; nieces, Teri Lake and Amy Winn, both of Granite City; other extended family and friends.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be 11 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, with the Rev. Charles West officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Edwardsville. Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice and may be accepted at the funeral home; www.irwinchapel.com.