Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
OBITUARY - DAVID ANTONE JEZEK
David Antone JEZEK, son of Antone Jr. and Barbara JEZEK, was born July 21, 1896, on the farm southeast of Diagonal,
where he resided, and which he operated, until retirement. He passed away at the Ringgold County Hospital Jan. 16,
1978, at the age of 81 years, five months and 26 days.
He was educated at Star Center school. On Jan. 20, 1924,
he was married to Matilda SOBOTKA, the girl across the road. To this union were born two children, Earl David and
In 1946 he became a member of the Diagonal Methodist church. In 1959 he retired as an active
farmer and he and Matilda moved to Diagonal. Retirement enabled him to find new interests and put added emphasis on
old. He was active in the Diagonal church and town activities, serving each in various capacities. Fishing with
the family and friends continued to be a favorite pastime. His interests in farming changed from managing to
gardening. Many neighbors and friends enjoyed sharing from his garden, his roses, fruits and vegetables.
David lived out his life in the community where he was born with a singleness of purpose, carrying on the principles
and traditions of his Czech heritage. He believed in thrift and hard work, was dedicated to his faith, and to his
responsibility to his family and community.
Throughout his lifetime he continued his self-education by reading,
and as opportunity presented itself, by traveling in the States and abroad. He was both an interested and curious
traveler, taking time along the way to ask how and why, and to learn the answers.
He sought out the needs of his
family and of his friends, and enjoyed taking time to be a willing helper. He was also interested in their goals and
successes and was sympathic to life's failures. This was part of his life up until he entered the hospital.
Dave, as he liked to be called, was the last member of his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, one
sister, Anna (Mrs. Adolph SKROH) of Cainsville, Mo.; one half-sister, Frances of Topkea, Kansas; and two half-brothers,
Fred of Diagonal and Joe W. of Maxwell, Iowa.
He is survived by Matilda, his wife of 54 years; a son and daughter-in-law,
Earl and Shirley JEZEK of Los Altos, Ca.; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Philip STAMPER of Colorado Springs,
Co.; and six grandchilderen, Wayne and Gary STAMPER of Dillon, Colorado, Bruce and Carl STAMPER of Colorado
Springs, and Linda and Kenneth JEZEK of Los Altos, Ca. Other survivors include a sister-in-law, Gusta (Mrs. Joe)
JEZEK, now residing in Des Moines; a brother-in-law, Andrew SOBOTKA of Diagonal; many nieces and nephews.
THY WILL, NOT MINE
When a cherished dream of mine
Is ended in the wrong way,
Teach me to be
Help me to humbly pray.When my neck is still with pride
And I won't admit You're right,
Soften my rebellious heart,
Show me your Guiding light.
When I cannot understand
Why death must take a loved one,
Teach me to gently say, "Lord,
Thy will, not mine, be done."I need no fancy prayers
But just this simple one,
If I can say sincerely,
"Thy will, not mine, be done."
Rev. Greg CREECH conducted funeral
services at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Diagonal United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Bohemian Cemtery,
Diagonal. Organist was Mrs. Harold TAYLOR. She accompanied soloist Darl BELL. Casketbearers were Gene SKROH,
Gerald SKROH, Roger SKROH, George SKROH, Bernard SOBOTKA, Eldon SOBOTKA and Charles SMITH. Varner Service was in
charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010
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