Charles Richard Grezlak, 75, joined in eternal life his Creator, family and friends on July 25, 2013, at 1:04 p.m. at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, embraced by his loving and caring family. He was born on October 26, 1937, to Edmond S. and Anna (Moleskil) Grezlak.
Weighing more than 11lbs. at birth, he became a big man leaving a big foot print that impacted his family and friends with 'big' memories. His first steps were taken on the White House lawn.
He is survived by his wife Mary Catherine (Kaye), sharing almost 50 years of marriage. He is also survived by his four daughters: Catherine, (David Flatley) and granddaughters Julia and Rachel, Christine (Brian Elsesser) and twin granddaughters Chloe and Claire, Lisa Grezlak, and Laura Grezlak Burkey, and grandchildren Evan and Olivia. Also surviving, a loving sister Anette Naef and family of Scottsdale, Arizona, an adored cousin Louise Rector and family of Albuquerque New Mexico, and brother-in-law John Raski, Jr. and family of Zeigler Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant son, Christopher Steven born in 1965, and Kaye's parents John and Mary Raski.
He Graduated from Benton Community High School in 1955, where he was a gifted trumpet player winning many state awards. He graduated with a Trades and Industry degree at SIU-Carbondale in 1964, and served in the US Navy
from 1957 - 1961, stationed and serving on the USS Forrestal aircraft carrier. His career included teaching high school, industrial design and sales, and real estate appraisal. He was a very talented, creative and skilled craftsman.
Richard was a former president of the Edwardsville Jaycees in 1972, and participated in many Edwardsville projects. He enjoyed giving to the community that had given so much to him. His favorite activities included golfing (he could hit a long ball!), family and friend gatherings, traveling and gardening with his wife. He will be remembered best for his sense of humor and daily jokes! His philosophy in life was that "you must laugh every day!"
Visitation will be at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home on Sunday August 4th from 3pm - 7pm and a mass will be celebrated Monday August 5th at 10:30am at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville with Fr. Jeff Goeckner officiating. The family is planning a private burial.
Memorials may be made to the Edwardsville YMCA, the Fire Station #2 at 340 Montclaire Avenue, Edwardsville, and online donations to daughters Lisa and/or Laura who are riding in their father's memory this October for the Siteman Center cancer research fundraising event Pedal the Cause.
Condolences may be expressed online at weberfuneralhome.com.