Thomas Gazda

Obituary of Thomas David Gazda

Thomas David Gazda 92 of Carlinville, IL died on July 11, 2021 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. He was born on December 2, 1928 in Thayer, IL., the son of Thomas A. Gazda and Mary B. [Wargo] Gazda. He married Beverly J. [Ibison] Gazda at St. Benedicts Catholic Church in Auburn, IL. on June 21, 1952. Thomas was a 1946 graduate of Virden Community High School. He served in the U.S. Army WW II in the early occupation of Japan. Thomas attended Purdue University and graduated with honors in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He began his career as a designer of Bridges for the Illinois Division of Highways in Springfield. In 1954, he and his family moved to Dixon, IL. where he became an Associate Engineer with the Willet, Hofmann Consulting Engineers. Mr. Gazda was a licensed Structural Engineer, licensed Professional Engineer, and a licensed Land Surveyor. He was involved with bridge design on the Interstate Highway Program at its beginning on I-74, and designed many bridges on local systems in Northern Illinois including the Blackhawk College Bridge in Moline and the Sandy Fork bridge over the Vermillion River near Streator, IL. He was also a designer of water and sewage and road projects while in Dixon. Thomas served on the Library Board in Dixon and participated in the planning of additions to the library which is on the National Register as the Library where Ronald Reagan studied. In 1967, Thomas was appointed County Engineer of Macoupin County, IL and he and his family moved to Carlinville, IL. While County Engineer of Macoupin County, Mr. Gazda in partnership with Mr. Georgeoff of Montgomery County built a processing plant to use waste coal products from the Coffeen Generation Plant. The final product called Possolanic Concrete was used for base material to construct and reconstruct about 25 miles of road in Macoupin County. In 1974, Mr. Gazda served as State President of the Illinois Association of County Engineers. Mr. Gazda was a member of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, the Illinois Association of County Engineers, the Elks Club of Dixon, IL., and the Knights of Columbus. Thomas was a lifelong Catholic and a member of Saints Mary and Joseph Church in Carlinville, IL. On retirement in 1995, Thomas worked on his flower garden, did home improvements, and enjoyed spending time on computer and traveling with his wife. In 2005, Thomas completed research on the genealogy of his family and his wife, Beverly J. Ibison’s family and then proceeded to publish a book for all his family members. His wife Beverly and his 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grand children were the joy of his life. He is survived by his wife of 69 years Beverly J. Ibison Gazda, a son Dr. Thomas D. Gazda [Susan], a psychiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ., a son Michael A. Gazda [Rochelle], an Engineer manager of Electrical Consulting Inc in Litchfield Park, AZ., a daughter Mary Kay Murphy [Bryan] a business woman in Villa Park, IL, a son Matthew C. Gazda [Dodie] owns and operates Gazda Insurance Agency in Carlinville, and a son Mark L. Gazda, (Amy) CEO of Propel Doors an automatic door opener for pole barns which he patented in Chatham, IL. Also, four brothers George [Lola], late Andrew [Sandra], Lawrence [Linda], and Charles [Amy.] Brother George is a retired Professor at U of Georgia where he has written many books on counseling. The other three brothers are Professional Civil Engineers. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 16, 2021 from 9:00 to 11:00 am at SS Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Carlinville, IL. Mass will begin at 11:00 am at the church with Father Michael Haag officiating. Burial will be at New Calvary Cemetery in Carlinville. Memorials may be made to SS Mary and Joseph Catholic Church. Davis Anderson Funeral Home in Carlinville is in charge of arrangements. www.davisandersonfuneralhome.com
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Friday
16
July

Visitation 1

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, July 16, 2021
Ss Mary & Joseph Catholic Church
2010 East First South
Not Given, Illinois, United States
Friday
16
July

Service Information

11:00 am
Friday, July 16, 2021
Ss Mary & Joseph Catholic Church
2010 E. 1st South
Carlinville, Illinois, United States

Interment Information

New Calvary Cemetery
Address not given
Carlinville, Illinois, United States
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