Douglas Loren Jilek, age 52, of Lester Prairie, passed away suddenly Friday, March 15, 2013.
He was born May 11, 1960, in St. Cloud, the son of Loren and Miriam (Skerik) Jilek.
Doug was a respected businessman. He was president of First Community Bank of Lester Prairie and First Community Bank of Silver Lake, and an outstanding supporter of his local community and Lester Prairie School, of which he was an alumnae, a graduate of the class of 1978.
He had served on the local businessmen’s association and as treasurer and director of the Lester Prairie Foundation for Education. He was an active member of the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota and the Bank Holding Company Association, serving on the board of directors for both organizations.
An extremely active community member, Doug promoted and supported many local community involvement projects.
He was cherished by his family and many, many friends and will be dearly missed by all.
Doug lived life to the fullest, with no regrets for things left unsaid or undone. Our community and our lives were richer for the privilege of having him in our lives, even though for far too brief a time.
“The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place not faith in time. For the clock may soon be still.” (author unknown)
Doug was a beloved husband to Sheila for over 30 wonderful years; and the cherished father of JaNaye (Ryan) Dressler of Lester Prairie, Kelsey (Aaron) Thiemann of St. Bonifacius, Brooke (significant other Beau Weise) Jilek, and Blair Jilek, both of Lester Prairie; and devoted grandfather to Eliza and Layne Dressler.
He is further survived by his parents, Loren and Miriam Jilek of Lester Prairie; a brother, Jerry (Lisa) Jilek of St. Bonifacius; sisters Renee (Casey) Lehman of Iowa City, IA, and Bonnie (Scott) Schlichting of Ham Lake; mother-in-law and father-in-law DeVota and DeVan Stoltenow; sister-in-law Quanita (Norman) Arlt of Aurora, CO; and Scott (Sheila) Schmalz of Woodbury; and many nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
Doug was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Ortwin Seeman; and grandparents Clara and Ernest Jilek and Bill and Christine Skerik.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, March 22 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted with Father Paul Schumacher and Father Tony Stubeda as con-celebrants. Interment was at Holy Trinity Cemetery.
Visitation was Thursday, March 21 from 4-8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted; and continued Friday, one hour prior to the services.
Casket bearers were Bryon Weisenburger, Barry Kyllo, Richard Kiekhaefer, Al Millerbernd, Tony Foss, and Eric Gustafson.
The Chilson Funeral Home of Winsted assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.