Ronald Keith “Monk” Hayden, 73, of Troy and formerly of Caseyville, Illinois, passed away at 7:01 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at his home.
He was born January 4, 1943 in East St. Louis, Illinois, the son of the late William R. and Dolores (Barbeau) Hayden.
He married Donna J. (Karlak) Hayden on July 2, 1966 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Fairmont City, Illinois and she survives.
He 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.
In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by four children and their spouses, Brian Hayden of St. Louis, Kristine and David Martinez of Laguna Niguel, California, Nicholas Hayden and Fiance, Kim Meyer of Highland and Ben and Stacy Hayden of Edwardsville; 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 and Diana and Bruce Yasitis of Duluth, Georgia; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Chester and Verna Karlak
In celebration of his life and in accordance to his wishes, Ronald donated his body to St. Louis University School of Medicine.
A memorial visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Visitation will continue at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Troy on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until time of mass at 11:00 a.m. with Father Paul Habing as celebrant.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Hospice of Southern Illinois or as masses and may be accepted at the funeral home.