MOUNT CARROLL—Charles Hovorka Sr., 94, of Chadwick, formerly of Mount Carroll, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Carroll County Good Samaritan Society-Mount Carroll.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mount Carroll. Burial will take place in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Freeport. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m., prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to FHN Hospice in Charles’ memory. Family and friends are invited to share in Charles' life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Charles was born Nov. 25, 1924, in Quincy, Wis., the son of Frank and Rose (Lev) Hovorka. On Aug. 1, 1946, Charles married Wilma Randecker. He was a truck driver early in their marriage. They farmed most of their lives in the Mount Carroll area until selling out of farming in 1982. Charles then worked in agricultural chemical applications in rural Lanark.
Charles loved hunting, playing cards with family, telling tales, watching Cubs baseball, doing puzzles and gardening. After Wilma's death in 2001, he married Carolyn DuFoe at the Mount Carroll Church of God on Nov. 7, 2002. He was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mount Carroll.
Charles will be dearly missed by his wife, Carolyn; two sons, Charles Jr. (Sandi) Hovorka of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Kevin (Dixie) Hovorka of Carthage, Ill.; three stepdaughters, Margaret (Scott) McLeod of Rockford, Mary Sansone of Oregon, Ill., and Lori (Ron) Swick of Rockford; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, John (Luci) Hovorka of Coleta.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Rose; his wife, Wilma; five brothers, Joseph, Edward, Frank, James and Henry; and six sisters, Mary Misek, Ella Moshure, Mable Worment, Rose Sinclair, Emma Kopus and Mildred Mueller.