Lester Dana Lhotka, 86, of Silver Lake, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at his residence.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, March 28, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake.
Inurnment will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Honorary urn bearers will be his grandchildren, Tim Bauman, Kelly Bauman, Tyler Lhotka, Jasmine Lhotka, Justin Cleveland and Morgan Cleveland.
Mr. Lhotka was born June 19, 1927, on the family farm in Rich Valley Township, to Dana and Christina (Friauf) Lhotka.
On Tuesday, Oct, 2, 1951, Lester D. Lhotka and Margaret A. Bandas were joined in holy marriage at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Silver Lake. God blessed their marriage with four children.
Mr. Lhotka engaged in farming for 49 years.
He was an honest, tough man and a good neighbor with a good sense of humor! He always made you feel special.
Mr. Lhotka was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. He also was a member of The Lions Club for 36 years and served on the Catholic School Board.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Margaret A. “Margie” (Bandas) Lhotka; daughters, Wendy (Steve) Bauman of Woodbury and Kris (Lon) Cleveland of Canby; sons, Michael (Barbara) Lhotka of Cokato and John (Seng) Lhotka of Goodyear, Ariz.; grandchildren, Tim and Kelly Bauman, Tyler and Jasmine Lhotka and Justin and Morgan Cleveland; sisters, Marjorie Stritesky and Germain Smutka; other relatives and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Dana and Christina (Friauf) Lhotka; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Bessie Bandas, brothers-in-law, Guy Strite-sky, Raymond Smutka and Raymond Bandas; niece, Annette Bandas; and great-nephews, Toni Smutka and Alexander Stritesky.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.maresh