David A. Horejsi, 79

David Albert Horejsi, age 79, of Silver Lake, passed away Sept. 28, 2020.

David was born in Silver Lake, above Jack’s White Owl Inn, Nov. 7, 1940, to John and Cecelia (Zeik) Horejsi.

At a young age, he worked for the City of Silver Lake, sweeping the streets. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 398, and graduated from Silver Lake High School, where he played basketball, was captain of the football team, and was homecoming king his senior year.

David was drafted to serve in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was stationed in Germany, and was a specialist 4 Armor Crewman. He proudly served from November 1963, until his honorable discharge in November 1965.

David joined the Silver Lake Legion in 1965, where he assisted with many Legion events, provided military funeral honors for fellow veterans who passed away, helped build the first part of the Legion Club, and was the Commander in 1976. He participated in many Legion activities and events for 54 years as a member.

In June 1966, he began working for Goebel Fixture Company, and was employed there until his retirement in 2006.

David was joined in marriage to Susanne “Susie” Kautz at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake, Sept. 28, 1974. God blessed their marriage with two daughters.

David kept busy and active helping serve the community; he was elected secretary of the Silver Lake Fire Department, and was a fireman for 22 years. He also joined the Silver Lake ambulance service, and was one of the first members trained to start the program, which he proudly served for 10 years. Dave was also secretary and treasurer of the Silver Lake Sportsmen Club, a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1975, and was very active in his church.

Apart from all the organizations and clubs he was a member of, David enjoyed woodworking, playing bingo, going to the casino, bird watching, camping, hunting, and bowling in his spare time.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Susie; parents, John and Cecelia; siblings, Jackie Horejsi, Therese (John) Ollig, Sister Marguerite Horejsi, and Mary Horejsi, who died in infancy.

David is survived by his daughters, Sharon (Scott) Grivna, and Karen (Jim) Klatt, all of Silver Lake; grandchildren, Jennessa and Kallyssa Klatt; Justin (Whitney) Olsen; Taylor (Jason) Morris; Ryan Olsen; Jacob Grivna and Justin Grivna; great-grandchildren: Steven and Olivia Morris; sister, Kathleen Neubarth (Horejsi); and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation took place Thursday, Oct. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. with Rosary at 6 p.m. and Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. at Maresh Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian burial took place Friday, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. Interment with military honors followed the Mass at Holy Family Catholic Cemetery in Silver Lake. Father John Hayes was the celebrant. Casket bearers were members of the Silver Lake Legion Post 141.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Maresh Funeral Home of Silver Lake. Online condolences may be directed to www.mareshfuneralhome.com.

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