Anthony Joseph Lyrek, “Tony,” age 88, of Franklin Township, Wright County, passed away at home Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church in rural Delano. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
There will be visitation Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano; continuing Wednesday at the church from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the Mass.
Arrangements are with Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Tony was born Oct. 9, 1930, in Franklin Township, to Peter and Elizabeth (Fake) Lyrek, and raised on a dairy farm.
He left the farm to work at Powell Candy Company, and then Louver Manufacturing in Hopkins, and a cabinetry shop, where he honed his woodworking skills.
Tony was united in marriage to Charlene Czech Sept. 5, 1953, at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church. They built their home in Hopkins, but in 1957, they were drawn back to farm life a few miles from where they grew up. They started a family in 1958 and were blessed with three children.
In addition to farming, Tony leveraged his charm in a sales career of farm equipment and Conklin Ag chemicals.
Upon retirement, fishing “Up North” became his primary hobby, in addition to building a new home on the back corner of the farm, and a cabin on Howard Lake near Akeley, MN.
Despite many accidents and illnesses, Tony lived life without reservation. He bounced back to health time and again to the continuous surprise of family, friends, and caregivers. Tony produced many stories of resilience that have touched lives and brought his loved ones together.
Tony was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene; son Dennis; son-in-law Adelbertus Calis; parents Peter and Elizabeth; and brothers George, Clemence, Albert, Raymond and Thomas.
He is survived by his daughters, Jane (Glenn) Slaughter, and Irene Calis; grandchildren Antonia (Philip) Hope, Joseph Slaughter, Jacob Calis and Jodi Calis; and brothers Duane and Vernon Lyrek.