William Joseph “Bill” Hlava, 80, of Maryville, passed away at 6:27 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, at Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis.
He was born April 17, 1935, in East St. Louis, a son of the late William and Mary (Chaklos) Hlava. William married Mary “Elaine” (Foster) Hlava on June 11, 1960, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Madison and she survives. Bill was the owner and operator of Madison Equipment in Madison with more than 55 years of dedicated service. The United States veteran proudly served his country with the Marines. He was a member of Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville and the Granite City American Legion. He enjoyed woodworking and was always building something; he donated many playground pieces to local churches and organizations. 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 a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Debbie Hlava of Temecula, Calif.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lynda and Wallace DeShon of Maryville and Cindy and Drew Geisler of Lake in the Hills, Ill.; six grandchildren, Cole and Alyssa Hlava, Benjamin and Christopher DeShon and Katelyn and Ian Geisler; one brother and sister-in-law, George and Claudette Hlava of Madison; other extended family and many friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Bob Neumann.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville with Father Joseph Havrilka as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and may be accepted at the funeral home; www.irwinchapel.com.