Joseph R. Hnat, 87, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018 at Montebello Healthcare Center in Hamilton, IL. He was born on May 18, 1931 in Prague, OK to Joseph & Julia Marsik Hnat. He married Marrietta Maynard and she preceded him in death on July 9, 1974. He then married Jacqueline L. Berger on April 12, 1976 in Carthage, IL. He worked at the Iowa State Penitentiary for 36½ years, retiring in 1992. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, history, mushroom hunting, gardening and spending time with his family.
Joe is survived by: his wife: Jacqueline L. Hnat of Fort Madison, IA; 1-son: Timothy (Martha) Hnat of Arlington, TX; 2-daughters: Clara Hnat & Jill Hnat both of Fort Madison, IA; 1-step daughter: Joyce Miller of Fort Madison, IA; 4-grandchildren: Wylie Hnat, Erica Cowles, Kelly Nelton & Matthew Miller; 7-great grandchildren: Allison Miller, Dillon Hnat, Dwight Cowles, Brandon Hnat, Erin Cowles, Logan Nelton & Austin Nelton. He was preceded in death by: his parents, his first wife, 1-son: Joseph Hnat, 2-granddaughters: Dallas Hnat & Erin Cowles.
Cremation has been entrusted to the care of King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. No services are planned at this time. Online condolences to Joe’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.