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Martin J. Vala

September 4, 1923 - April 8, 2013

Martin J. Vala, 89, of Riverton, IL died at 6:38 am Monday, April 8, 2013 at St. John’s Hospital. He was born September 4, 1923 in Riverton to Frank and Albina Prehoda Vala. He married Ella M. Kreevich April 10, 1943 and she preceded him in death on October 21, 2009. Also preceding him in death were three brothers, Frank, Wesley and John Vala and one sister, Mary Rose Cooper.

Surviving are a son, Dennis (Kathy) Vala of Chatham, IL; three grandchildren, Jennifer (Steve) Keegan of Bollingbrook, IL Jason (Courtney) Vala of Carol Stream, IL and Alissa (Ben) Fuhrmann of Troy, IL; three great grandsons, Zackary, Lucas and Christopher; three sisters, Albina Busek of Woodstock, GA, Helen (Boniface) Mayer of Naperville and Theresa Dickerson of North Fort Meyers, FL and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Vala was a United States Navy Veteran serving in World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the U.S.S. LSM-LSMR Association, U.S.S. LCI National Association, U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard Association, United States Navy Memorial Foundation and VFW Post #10302. He was a member of St. James Church in Riverton, POLK of A, Knights of Columbus and Coca Lovers of America. He retired from Pillsbury Mills as an Electrical and Maintenance Foreman after 45 years. Martin was very involved as a veteran. He welcomed every honor flight for several years at Capitol Airport. He also was quite involved in the Spaulding Veterans Memorial.

Visitation: 4 – 7 Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4pm.

Funeral Service: 10:00 am Friday, April 12, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home with Monsignor David Lantz officiating.

Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery, where Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail will conduct military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Church, Land of Lincoln Honor Flight or POLK of A.

Visitation Information

Staab Funeral Home - Springfield

Address:

1109 South Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703

217-528-6461 Map


Service Information

Time: 10:00 am

Staab Funeral Home - Springfield

Address:

1109 South Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703

217-528-6461 Map


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