Francis G. "Butch" Vacca, 79, of Glen Carbon, Ill., formerly of Collinsville, Ill., born April 12, 1937, in Collinsville, Ill., passed away Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo.
Butch was a graduate of Collinsville High School. After graduation he worked at Granite City Steel. Granite City, Ill., for four years. He then began his employment for the city of Collinsville, Ill., retiring after forty years of service as the director of the waste water plant. He was very active in the community being involved with the Knights of Columbus 1712, Lion's Club and the Collinsville Jaycees to mention a few. He loved traveling with his RV and spending time with his family. Butch will be fondly remembered for his 1930 Model A that he drove in local parades for many years. He was a self taught and accomplished mechanic and handyman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Olivia, nee Esicar, Vacca.
Surviving are his loving wife Sandra, nee Hoehn, Vacca; children, Brad (Terry) Vacca of Kampsville, Ill., Shelly, nee Vacca, (Jim) Welch of St. Charles, Mo., Tony Vacca of Austin, Texas; sister, Dolores (Bob) Oberto of Collinsville, Ill.; six grandchildren, Ben (Natalie) Vacca, Jeremy (Stephanie) Vacca, Chad Welch, Alexa Welch, Bradley Welch, and Chase Welch; and six great-grandchildren, Gracie, Elle, J.D., Ty, London, and Amelia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church Building Fund. Condolences can be expressed online at www.herrfuneral.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at Herr Funeral Home, Collinsville, Ill., and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Collinsville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Collinsville, Ill., with Father John Beveridge officiating. Inurnment will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Collinsville, Ill., with Deacon Jimmy Ghiglione officiating.
HERR FUNERAL HOME, Collinsville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 19, 2016