STRATTON -- Charles Edward Kadlecek died February 3, 2006, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska at the age of 72.
He was born March 29, 1933, at his family's home in Rushville and spent his youth in Hay Springs. He graduated from Hay Springs High School in 1951. After high school, Charles enlisted in the Army where he worked Intelligence in Germany for two years. He was honorably discharged in 1955.
In 1955, he married Marilyn May Batie, his high school sweetheart. He received a B.S. degree from Chadron State. He then received a masters from the University of Wyoming. Charles and Marilyn began their careers as school teachers in the western Nebraska school system.
Charles was the consummate professional, whether teaching high school or as the general manager of Miller Manufacturing that shipped its farm products world wide. Charles enjoyed hunting, fishing and time with his family. He was a sports fan of many teams, first and foremost the Cornhuskers and of course his beloved New York Yankees. He always enjoyed a good debate over any or all subjects. People will remember him as "The Tie Man" for his various 300+ ties that he has collected over the years. Charles was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church in Stratton where he was a member of the Men's Sunday School class. When he wasn't traveling to one of his nine grandchildren's many events, he could be found working in his shop or attending events at the Grandview Senior Center in Stratton.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn May Kadlecek of Stratton; mother, Jane Elizabeth Kadlecek of Hay Springs; sisters, Margaret Thayer and family of Hay Springs and Judy Carroll and husband, Lynn and family of Madras, Ore.; brother-in-law, Del Serbousek and his family of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Edith Martinez and husband, Joe of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Jim Batie and wife, Ruth and their family of Doniphan; daughter, Carrol B. Kadlecek of Stratton; son, Charles E. Kadlecek Jr. and wife, Rhonda of Ceresco; daughter, Cynthia Kadlecek Roberts and husband, John of Starbuck, Minn.; daughter, Connie Kadlecek of North Platte; son, Craig Anton Kadlecek and wife, Claire of Castle Rock, Colo.; daughter, Chandra Kadlecek Golder and husband, Terry of Hooper; nine grandchildren, Cadi, Courtney and Jordan Kadlecek, Jynicka and Richard Roberts, CharLeigh May Kadlecek, Collin and Caley Kadlecek and Trevor Golder; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006, at 10:30 a.m., at Community United Methodist Church in Stratton, with Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Inurnment with military honors will follow services at Rose Hill Cemetery near Stratton.
There will be no visitation. Memorials may be given in his name to Grandview Retirement Center, Community United Methodist Church or the donor's choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton. Condolences may be left on-line at www.forch.com.
Words of wisdom Charles always told his kids: "Never be afraid to be somebody different" and "You can't soar with the eagles if you fly with the sparrows." He will be deeply missed.