Ronald Keith "Monk" Hayden, 73, of Troy, Ill., formerly of Caseyville, Ill., born Jan. 4, 1943, in East St. Louis, Ill., passed away at 7:01 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, at his home.
Mr. Hayden 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.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William R. and Dolores, nee Barbeau, Hayden; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Chester and Verna Karlak.
Surviving are his beloved wife, Donna J., nee Karlak, Hayden, whom he married on July 2, 1966, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Fairmont City, Ill.; four children and their spouses, Brian Hayden of St. Louis, Mo., Kristine and David Martinez of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Nicholas Hayden and fiancee, Kim Meyer of Highland, Ill., and Ben and Stacy Hayden of Edwardsville, Ill.; 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, Ill., and Diana and Bruce Yasitis of Duluth, Ga.; many nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project,
, Hospice of Southern Illinois or as masses and may be accepted at the funeral home. www.irwinchapel.com
Visitation: In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road, Glen Carbon, Ill., and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at St. Jerome Catholic Church, Troy, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at St. Jerome Catholic Church with Father Paul Habing officiating. In accordance to his wishes, Ronald donated his body to St. Louis University School of Medicine.
IRWIN CHAPEL, Glen Carbon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Jan. 31, 2016