Charles J. "Chuck" Tosovsky, age 83, of Edwardsville, Illinois died at 12:46 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in Alton.
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Chuck was Chairman of the Board of Home Nursery Incorporated.
He was born February 24, 1931, in Edwardsville the son of the late Ernest E & Mary (Meek) Tosovsky.
He married Eugenia "Jean" Prullage on June 1, 1957, at Alton, Illinois.
Besides his wife he is survived by 1 son, Clayton T. Tosovksy of Smithton, Illinois; 1 daughter, Ann E. Tosovsky & husband David Bender of Glen Carbon; 2 grandchildren, Tayler & Nicholas Heinemeier of Glen Carbon; and 4 step-grandchildren, Casandra, Jordyn, Alex, and Ian Bender.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ernst A. Tosovsky, an infant brother, and a sister, Dorothy Donner.
Chuck was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean War. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Edwardsville. Chuck had a passion for giving back to his community and his vocation. As a 59 year member of the Edwardsville Rotary Club he served as President as well as District Governor's aid. He was a charter member and former president of the Edwardsville Jaycees and past President of the Edwardsville YMCA board of directors. Chuck was a long time member and former President of the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce and served as a 20 year member and past President of the City of Edwardsville Zoning Board of Appeals. He was a 60 year member of the American Legion and served on the SIUE Foundation board and held several offices over the years including President. He was an instrumental force in helping develop and grow the Gardens at SIUE. In his vocation Chuck was equally successful and respected. He served as the president of the Madison-St. Clair Nurserymen's Association in 1970 followed by The Illinois Nurseryman's Association (now IGIA) in 1982. Chuck was Lt. Governor of Illinois for the American Nurseryman's Association from 1982-1986 and Governor from 1986-1990. He served as President for the International Plant Propagators Society (Eastern Region) in 1986. Chuck was Vice President of the Landscape Nurserymen's Association of Greater St. Louis from 1989-1990 and served on the Board of Directors for Florist Mutual (now Hortica). He received many honors during his lifetime and although he wouldn't want to be recognized it deserves to be mentioned. Among his awards and accomplishments were receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the Edwardsville Jaycees in 1964, designated as an Outstanding Man in America in 1967 and names a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He received the Award of Merit from the International Plant Propagators Society (Eastern Region) in 1993 as well as the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce Albert Cassens Award in 2007. The Illinois Green Industry Association recognized his contributions and leadership by designating him an Outstanding Individual of 2010 and he was recognized by SIUe and given the Distinguished Service Award in 2010. The American Nursery and Landscape Association inducted Chuck into the Hall of Fame in 2012. Chuck will be especially remembered as a beloved husband, devoted father and grandfather, avid boater and skier as well a caring and dedicated friend.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1802 Madison Avenue, Edwardsville, IL.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Valley View Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Gardens at SIUE, The Rotary Foundation, or Edwardsville YMCA.
Condolences may be expressed online at weberfuneralhome.com.
Weber & Rodney Funeral Home
304 N Main St
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Published in Edwardsville Intelligencer from July 14 to July 15, 2014