David Francis Ondracek, age 80, of Hutchinson, passed away Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
He was born June 10, 1938, in Hutchinson, the son of Frank and Helen (Marvan) Ondracek.
David graduated from Hutchinson High School, class of 1956.
He honorably served in the National Guard for seven and a half years, and was currently a member of the Silver Lake American Legion Post 141.
David was a dedicated farmer all his life. He was also a Charter Two Cylinder Club member, served 33 years on the Sumter Insurance board, was a three-time past president of Gopher Campfire, served on the fair board for many years, Township of Hutchinson supervisor for 41 years, and was a lifetime member of the Czech Brethren Presbyterian Church now known as Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake.
David was united in marriage with Darlene Prochaska Jan. 10, 1959, at the Czech Brethren Presbyterian Manse in Silver Lake.
David enjoyed playing cards (he would be the first to tell you what a good player he was!), summer and winter fishing, spearing, visiting with family and friends, tinkering with his John Deere tractors and engines, road tripping, and old-time music, as well as Johnny Cash and Elvis.
His quick wit and “D.O.isms” will be missed by all.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Helen Ondracek; parents-in-law, Frank and Dora (Rivers) Prochaska; sister-in-law, Dolores Pieper; and many aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Darlene Ondracek; children, Joleen Nowak, Donna Engelen (Mike), Dave “Goober” Ondracek (Sally Aubol), all of the Silver Lake/Hutchinson area; sisters Doris Wraspir (Glen) of Silver Lake, and Mary Brelje (Butch) of Glencoe; grandchildren Kelli Nowak (Kelly Anderson), Cory Nowak, Jennifer Schuette (Mike), Jill Vasek (Brandon Woytcke), Michael Vasek (Cleo Ritter), Morgan Ondracek, and Jake Ondracek; step-grandchildren Ryan Engelen (Samantha), Brandon Engelen (Merrisa), and Kelsey Engelen (David); great-grandchildren Fulton Anderson, Karter Anderson, Harper Schuette, William Vasek; step-great-grandchildren Fiona Engelen, and Cameron Engelen; and many nieces, nephews, other family, and friends.
Funeral services took place Saturday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake. Interment with military rites followed at Bohemian National Cemetery in Silver Lake.
There was also visitation Friday, Oct. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church.
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family.
“Brace up Heaven, there’s going to be a party!”