Chuck Hlava passed away on July 5, 2015 at the age of 74. Chuck was born in Prague, CZ to Emerich and Eva Hlava on Aug. 24th 1940. In 1948 the family escaped the Communists as political refugees and spent 2 years in a displaced person's camp in West Germany. They came to America in Dec. of 1950.
Chuck graduated from ScottsdaleHigh School in 1960, attended ASU where he majored in Journalism. The summer of 1964 he was drafted into the US Army where he served 2 years as Company Clerk and became a US citizen in Feb. 1966. One of his favorite one liner's was: "I fought & I fought but they made me go anyway." After receiving an honorable discharge he went to work for the Colorado Springs Gazette covering sports at the Air Force Academy. During this time he married and started a family.
In the early '70s he moved to Houston where he started Lava Well Service. In 1990 Chuck went to work for the Bay Area Citizen as sports writer and then sports editor. He won several 1st place awards for feature stories. He retired from the Citizen in 2011.
Chuck especially loved spending time with his son Kar and playing tennis with his friends at Bay Area Racquet Club. He liked to travel and he and his wife Cherry made several trips to the CZ Republic. He was an avid reader, gifted writer & photographer, stamp collector and World War II history buff. His special humor and ability to make people laugh will be greatly missed.
He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Cherry, son Kar Bille Hlava, sister, Eva and husband Juergen Roesch of Phx, AZ, brother Emerich Hlava of California, Nephew, Jan Roesch and wife Lauri and their children Isabella & Jaden of Phx. Niece, Monika and husband Marco Kessens and their children Jesse & Hayley of Germany, step daughter, Michele and husband Jim and their sons Jason & Christopher Willis, step son Michael Hileman, wife Shauna, Michael's sons Wes & Matt Hileman.
A special thank you to hospice RN Nicole DeGruy and Chuck's wonderful caregiver Audrey Washington and all hospice staff who lovingly cared for him.
Celebration of Chuck's life will be held in the chapel at Grace Community Church 14505 Gulf Frwy (I-45 South to Dixie Farm Rd) on Friday July 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Interfaith CarePartners www.interfaithCarePartners.org,