Anthony Bruce Illies, Sr., 69

Anthony Bruce Illies, Sr., age 69, of New Prague, died suddenly at his home on Thursday, January 31, 2019.  Bruce was born on October 29, 1949 in Granite City, Illinois.  He graduated from Granite City High School and attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  Bruce served in the US Army during the Vietnam War years and married the love of his life, Diana, while on leave December 23, 1969 in Granite City, IL.  This year would have marked 50 years of marriage.  He worked as a retail consultant all of his life.  Bruce’s passions were reflected in his lifestyle.  He was inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Hall of Fame.  He was an avid bass angler, a passion he was passing on to his grandchildren.  They took center stage and he was an avid follower of all their sports.

Bruce Sr. is survived by his loving wife, Diana of New Prague; sons, Bruce Jr. & Dana Illies of New Prague and Jan Illies of Lonsdale; grandchildren, Katherine, Briahna, Jakob, Samuel, Brody, & Kieren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Gene & Arlene Kohuth.

Friends may call to greet the family and say their good byes on Monday, February 4, 2019 from 3-6 PM at Bruzek Funeral Home.  There will be no formal service.  There will be a private family burial with military honors at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery on Tuesday. bruzekfuneralhome.com

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