Henry Novonty, 89Henry Chester Novotny Jr., 89, died December 25, 2009 at St. Cloud Hospital.
Henry Chester Novotny Jr., 89, died December 25, 2009 at St. Cloud Hospital.
Henry was born January 31, 1920 in Judson, North Dakota on the family farm, to Henry and Josephine (Toman) Novotny. He attended country school in Grant County, North Dakota. After his schooling he helped on the farm and helped as a mechanic at a Chevrolet dealer. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and served his country for 2-1/2 years and was stationed stateside in Tacoma, Washington at Fort Lewis.
Henry was baptized and confirmed in Tacoma in 1948. On October 29, 1949 Henry was united in marriage to Mildred Johnson in Clarissa. The couple made their home in Bismarck, where he worked at the Chevrolet dealer as the service manager. They moved to Jamestown in 1958, to Renville in 1963 and ended up in Alexandria working at Steinbring’s, where he worked as service manager for 35 years throughout his career and moved into sales for the last few years before retirement.
Henry was a member of the Elks, Eagles and American Legion. He was past president of the Service Manager Association for Chevrolet. He was a people person who loved to talk to anyone. He loved to play cards, especially, whist, pitch and smear. He enjoyed golfing, the Minnesota Twins, working in the vegetable garden, cooking and baking, and cars. Most of all, he loved his family, going to his son’s games, and most recently watching his grandchildren’s games.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mildred; son, Larry (Deanne) Novotny of Alexandria; grandchildren, Brynn and Toby Novotny; brother, Ed (Mary) Novotny of Alexandria; sisters, Adel Raycroft of Minneapolis and Josephine (Martin) Wright of Mandan, ND; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Josephine; and nephews, Edward Novotny Jr., Wayne Novotny, Mark Novotny and Todd Wright.
A funeral service was held Thursday, December 31 at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria with the Rev. Sherry Billberg officiating. Music was provided by organist, Randy Morken and soloist, Carmen Silbernick. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Alexandria. Casket bearers were Robb Steinbring, Jon Steinbring, Elroy Beliveau, Poik Weatherwax, Jim Norton and Mike Marxen. Honorary casket bearers were all of Henry’s nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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