Louis John Vavrik, 84, Ventura, Iowa, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at the Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City, Iowa.
A funeral mass was held Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Clear Lake, with Reverend John Gossman officiating. Burial was in the St. Johns Cemetery in Duncan, Iowa.
Louis John Vavrik was born on Jan. 27, 1928 the son of Frank and Anna (Tusha) Vavrik on the family farm near Duncan. He was baptized at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Duncan, and attended rural school in Garfield Township. Louis was inducted into the Army on Jan.11, 1951 serving in the Korean Conflict. Louis served his country honorably and faithfully until his honorable discharge in Oct. 1952, with the rank of SGT.
Louis was united in marriage to Marjorie Kirschbaum at St. James Catholic Church in Forest City on June 25, 1953 and to this union was born a daughter, Jane and a son, Marvin.
Louis and Marjorie farmed west of Duncan until 1968, when they moved to an acreage north of Ventura. He then worked at Cashway Lumber Company in Mason City for 25 years.
Louis enjoyed gardening and woodworking and was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Marjorie Vavrik of Ventura; daughter, Jane (Wayne) Eckhoff of Alexander, Iowa; son, Marvin (Julie) Vavrik of Clear Lake; grandchildren, Rebecca and Stephen Tiffany of Mukwonago, Wis., Mark and Jennifer Eckhoff of Madrid, Iowa, Brian and Ashley Eckhoff of Marion, Iowa, Hannah Vavrik and Dylan Vavrik of Clear Lake; great-grandchildren, Nathan and Allyson Tiffany; step great-grandson, Michael Legan; brother-in-law, Eugene Kirschbaum; sister-in-law, MaDonna Kirschbaum; as well as nieces, nephews, and many other extended family members and friends.
Louis was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Anna; sisters, Mamie Sucky, Rose Formanek, Lillian Malek; brothers, Frank Vavrik Jr, George Vavrik, William Vavrik and Robert Vavrik.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.