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The Belle Plaine Union and Herald; Thursday, October 28, 1920
JOHN PACENKA PASSES AWAY End Came Wednesday Evening at Home of Sister, After Long Illness. Was Prominent Odd Fellow.
John Pacenka

John Pacenka, one of the best known Odd Fellows in this city, and a widely known railroad man, passed away Wednesday night at 11:45 p.m. at the home of his sister, Mrs. C. G. Viall. Seven years ago Mr. Pacenka suffered a paraletic stroke from which he never fully recovered and eleven weeks ago a second stroke left him bedfast.

The deceased was a native of Bohemia, being a son of Mr. and Mrs. Vaclav Pacenka, and was born on November 30th, 1867. He lacked only a little more than a month of being fifty three years of age. When a small lad his parents came to the United States and located in this city, and here he has resided ever since.

For many years he was a switch man employed in the local yards of the Northwestern, but had the misfortune to suffer the loss of a leg, and after he was able to be about again he was made a flagman. For several years he has been on the retired list.

John Pacenka belonged to all the branches of the Odd Fellows and for many years occupied positions of responsibility in the order. He was a man of fine character, honorable and upright, a genial companion and was much esteemed among his friends of whom there are many.

The funeral will be held from the home of his sister, Mrs. C. G. Viall, 620 7th avenue, Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. and will be in charge of the Odd Fellows. Relatives from Cedar Rapids and Traer are expected to be present. Rev. J. A. Deedrick will preach the funeral sermon.

The deceased is survived by four brothers, Joseph of Traer, Frank, James and Charles of this city, and three sisters, Mrs. Charles Dohnalek, Miss Katherine Pacenka and Mrs. C. G. Viall, all of this city.

{Submitter comment: submitted by volunteer - no family relation}
Submitted on Feb 17, 2004 by
Ann Archer-Cogan, wheatie2006@gmail.com

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