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Jack Ondracek

Jack Ondracek, age 79, of Litchfield, formerly of Darwin, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, at the Meeker County Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

He was born May 26, 1928, in Ashland, Wis. to Joe and Elizabeth (McGraw) Ondracek. Jack was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth.

In 1929, the family moved to the Ondracek farm off Highway 7, near Silver Lake. Jack received his education in Hutchinson Township, McLeod County, having attended Komensky School District 11.

In 1988, when Jack’s mother moved to the Burns Manor Nursing Home in Hutchinson, Jack sold the home place and moved to Babbitt, Minn., and then to Darwin.

Jack was united in marriage to Dorothy Olson at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel Aug. 17, 1991. They shared eight years of marriage, until Dorothy passed away June 10, 1999.

Jack spent several years in the fur buying business, having been encouraged by the members of the Silver Lake Sportsmen’s Club. Naming his business “Rawhide,” he had individuals from all over the state selling their furs to him.

He loved to play baseball, and was a skilled carpenter like his father, Joe. Jack also had a passion for hunting and fishing.

He became a resident at the Cedar Crest Estate Assisted Living in Cosmos July 24.

Jack is survived by his brother, Donald Ondracek of Watkinsville, Ga.; sister Betty Heuer of Watertown, Wis.; five nieces; and eight nephews.

In addition to his wife, Dorothy, Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Elizabeth Ondracek; a brother, Elvis McGraw; and a sister, Emily Peterson.

A memorial service took place Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 3 p.m. at the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson, with Pastor Karl Kruse officiating. Interment was in the Bohemian National Cemetery, Rich Valley Township, McLeod County.

Arrangements were by the Hantge Chapel in Darwin. Online condolences may be directed to www.hantge.com. Please click on online condolences.

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