Marlan T. "Tom" Hvezda, age 79, of Alexandria, died suddenly Thursday, September 3, 2015, at Douglas County Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 12, 2015, at St. John's Nepomuk Church in rural Lowry with Fr. Jim Statz officiating. Music is provided by organist, Ann Zavadil and musicians, Alisa Hvezda and Daniel Adam. Full military honors are accorded by the Minnesota Honor Guard, Lowry American Legion Post #253, Alexandria American Legion Post #87, Alexandria VFW Post #936 and VVA Rifle Squad Chapter 235. A private burial will be held on a later date at Lake Mary Cemetery.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m., Friday, at Lind Family Funeral Home in Alexandria with a 7 p.m., parish prayer service. The visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Marlan Tom Hvezda was born August 30, 1936, to Reuben and Elsie (Erickson) Hvezda in Starbuck. He was baptized in 1961, at St. Mary's Catholic Church and confirmed in 1976, at St. John's Nepomuk Church. Tom attended country school through the eighth grade. Following his education he was active in the National Guard for nine years. He was united in marriage to Mavis Kalina June 6, 1961, at St. John's Nepomuk Church. Following their marriage, he worked as a farmhand for Tom Brezina, a plumber for CL Mikelson and as a self-owned milk truck driver. During his working career, Tom also worked for the Soo Line Railroad, Slack's Bridge Painting and custom work silo filling. He farmed and cared for dairy cows, pigs and sheep and retired from farming in 1998. He was a member of St. John's Nepomuk Church and the American Legion Post #253. Tom enjoyed fishing, going to casinos, auction sales, collecting antique lamps, watching Judge Judy and WWF. He had a love for polka music and singing "You are My Sunshine," to his grandchildren, whom he especially enjoyed time together.
He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Henry and Bernice Kalina; and brother, Ron Hvezda.
Tom is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mavis; three sons, Scott (Danna) Hvezda, Jeff (Shelly) Hvezda and Bob (Carrie) Hvezda all of Alexandria; daughter, Jennifer Hvezda of St. Francis; three brothers, Jon (Lillian) Hvezda of Boise, Idaho, Nick (Lottie) Hvezda, of Popular Grove, Illinois and Reed (Kay) Hvezda of Alexandria; four sisters, Ivy Hills of Alexandria; Karolyn (Mike) Doherty of Kensington, Kay Hvezda of Galveston, Texas and Sandra (Kardel) Schmidt of Hillsboro, Texas; sister-in-law, Betty Hvezda of Alexandria; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great- grandchildren with two more on the way.
Pallbearers are his grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers are his great-grandchildren.
Blessed Be His Memory.