BELLEVILLE, Ill. – Gerald A. Von Alst, 91, of Belleville, Ill. passed away on April 7.

After serving in the U.S. Army, Von Alst began his career as a lather, which sparked his passion in the construction industry.

In 1989, he began owning and operating Swansea-based Von Alst Operating LLC with his wife and family. He retired at age 73.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth, their four children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be dedicated to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to St. Teresa Catholic Church in Belleville.