Marlan T. "Tom" Hvezda, 79

Marlan T. "Tom" Hvezda, 79, of Alexandria, died suddenly Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at the Douglas County Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at St. Johnís Nepomuk Church in rural Lowry with Fr. Jim Statz officiating. Music was provided by organist Ann Zavadil and vocalist Alisa Hvezda. Full military honors were 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.

Marlan Tom Hvezda was born on Aug. 30, 1936, to Reuben and Elsie (Erickson) Hvezda in Starbuck. He was baptized in 1961, at St. Maryís Catholic Church and confirmed in 1976, at St. Johnís 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. Johnís 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, Slackís 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. Johnís 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, Ill., and Reed (Kay) Hvezda of Alexandria; four sisters, Ivy Hills of Alexandria, Carolyn (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 greatgrandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren with two more on the way.

Pallbearers were his grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers were his great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were provided by Lind Family Funeral & Cremation Services, Alexandria,