Ronald Keith “Monk” Hayden, 73, of Troy and formerly of Caseyville, passed away at 7:01 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, at his home.
He was born Jan. 4, 1943, in East St. Louis, the son of the late William R. and Dolores (Barbeau) Hayden. He married Donna J. (Karlak) Hayden on July 2, 1966, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Fairmont City, and she survives. Ron retired in 2002 from Hayden Wrecking Corporation as the owner and operator after working in the family business from his childhood. Ron was a well-respected owner of his family’s successful demolition and dismantling firm. He enjoyed the relationships with his employees and clients and was a leader in the industry. He served his country for four years as a member of the Missouri National Guard and was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church in Troy. He enjoyed his days of golfing, hunting, fishing, being on his many family travels and had a special love of the family farm in Goreville. The years enjoyed with the “Monk Avenue Supper Club” will never be forgotten. 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 four children and their spouses, Brian Hayden of St. Louis, Kristine and David Martinez of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Nicholas Hayden and fiancee, Kim Meyer of Highland, and Ben and Stacy Hayden of Edwardsville; seven grandchildren, Blake and Carter Hayden, Isabella, Max and Minka Martinez, and Jack and Lizzie Hayden; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Arlene and Tom Harrison of Troy and Diana and Bruce Yasitis of Duluth, Ga.; many nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Chester and Verna Karlak.
In celebration of his life and in accordance to his wishes, Ronald donated his body to Saint Louis University School of Medicine. A memorial visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon. Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Troy with Father Paul Habing as celebrant. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Hospice of Southern Illinois or as Masses and may be accepted at the funeral home; www.irwinchapel.com.