George Harvilla, age 83, of O Fallon, passed away Sunday, March 8, at home.
George was born April 18, 1931. George grew up in Tresckow, Pa., and was a 1948 graduate of Hazelton High School in Hazelton, Pa. He served in the United States Army from June 1952-June 1955, including a tour of duty in Korea in 1953-54.
After being honorably discharged, George married Dolores, nee Niemeyer, of Breese, on July 2, 1955, in St. Dominic’s Church in Breese. They moved to O’Fallon where George worked for Independent Engineering. Later, George worked for the Army-Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) and was manager of the Scott Air Force Base Exchange. In 1970, as a civilian, he served in Vietnam as manager of the Post Exchanges in Phu Bai and Da Nang. In 1973, George became a supervisor of the electrolyzing department at AMAX/Big River Zinc, Sauget. He retired in 1993.
George was an active member of the St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church and belonged to the American Legion Post 252 (Breese), Mississippi Valley Packard Club, Antique Collectors’ Car Club of Belleville, St. Clare Senior Citizens, O’Fallon Senior Citizens, and Sokol Assembly 189 (Tresckow, Pa.).
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores; parents, Anthony and Anna, nee Fedorko, Havrilla; a brother, Anthony Harvilla; and sister-in-law, Rosalene (Kowalski) Havrilla.
Surviving are his daughter, Ann Harvilla of Chicago; son, George (Cindy) Harvilla, Jr., of Riverside, Calif.; brother, John Havrilla; sister-in-law, Susan Harvilla of Tresckow, Pa.; grandsons, David and Michael Harvilla of Riverside, Calif.; and 16 nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. with an O’Fallon Senior Citizen walk through at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Ave., O’Fallon, and from 9-11 a.m. Friday, March 13, at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 1411 Cross St., Shiloh.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 13, at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in Shiloh.
Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Shiloh.
Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services will handle the arrangements.