Richard Horbelt, 86, of Granite City, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Gateway Regional Medical Center, Granite City.
He was born Aug. 1, 1929, in Quincy, a son of the late Roman and Julia (Goehl) Horbelt.
Richard was a United States Army veteran who proudly served his country. On May 21, 1955, Richard married Clara Sak, the love of his life, in Fairmont City. He had retired from Shell Oil Refinery as a painter after 35 years of dedicated service. He was a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 4th Degree member of Knights of Columbus Tri-Cities Council 1098 and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades. Richard enjoyed rock collecting and growing roses that he entered into many competitions in which he took home first place. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. Richard will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Gronewold.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Clara Horbelt of Granite City; loving children, Gene (Sally) Horbelt of Elsah, Elaine Horbelt of St. Charles, Mo., Rose Bladdick of Granite City, Judy Horbelt of Ballwin, Mo., Carolyn Herring of Edwardsville and Marilyn (David) Sucoe of Naperville; dear siblings, Florence Grawe, Jim (Betty) Horbelt and Alta Bechtell; and proud grandfather to nine grandchildren and three-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, with a Chalice Presentation at 7 p.m.
In celebration of his life, a funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Granite City, with Father Tom Liebler officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville.
Memorial donations may be given to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and donations will be accepted the funeral home and church.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.