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St. Leo Catholic Church
Friday July 17th, 2020
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Friday July 17th, 2020
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Donnley R. Dvoracek

Saturday July 4, 2020 Donnley Dvoracek loving husband, father and grandfather passed away at the age of 86 under hospice care at Bethany Retirement Living in Fargo, North Dakota with his family at his side.
Donnley was born to Charlie and Tillie (Jilek) Dvoracek Monday, October 16, 1933 on their family farm home five miles southwest of Tabor, South Dakota. He was the youngest of six children. He attended Bryne Country School for his primary education and graduated from Tyndall High School in 1952. He studied for two semesters of college in Springfield and helped his father farm. Donnley joined the Army in the fall of 1952. He was stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia and later sent to South Korea for two years. He was honorably discharged in the fall of 1956 and returned home to farm with his father.
Donnley met Pat while out dancing at the substation near Lesterville, SD and August 5, 1958 they were married in the Catholic church in Humboldt, South Dakota. They lived in a chalk rock house for nine years. Their first son, Mark, was born in 1959. Their second son Kevin followed in 1961. In 1967 they built a new house and their daughter Kimberly was born. Don and Pat worked side by side to raise corn, oats, hay, cattle and hogs as well as their young family. Some years were better than others, but Don and Pat always managed to stay ahead of the game.
In 1974, Donnley joined Alcoholics Anonymous and was a faithful member for 46 years. He developed many lasting friendships in the program and mentored others to maintain their own sobriety. He was also a lifetime member of the Yankton VFW, Knights of Columbus and the Tabor American Legion. In 2016, Donnley was awarded the Ambassador of Peace medal from the Republic of Korea.
Don was creative, loved to tinker and occasionally painted and played the accordion.
Donnley is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Tillie (Jilek); his brothers Charlie, Alvin and Leonard Dvoracek; his sisters Elsie Vitek and Madeline Schneider and his great grandson Chase Besette.
Donnley is survived by his wife Pat of 62 years, son Mark (Judy) Dvoracek of Fargo, ND; son Kevin Dvoracek of Sioux Falls, SD; daughter Kim (Mike) Suppa of West Fargo, ND; grandchildren Chrissy (Brad) Besette, Travis Dvoracek, Jesse, Courtney and Elizabeth Suppa and great granddaughter Hope Besette.

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I didnt know Donny very well, but for the 6 weeks that we ate in the same dining room, Donny would smile and sometimes said hello. This is where Pat and I first saw each other when she was eating with Donny. Little did we know then that we would be living on the same floor in Towers II and become good friends. I know that you have good memories to share with each other in the years ahead. You have my sympathy and prayers in your loss of your loved one.

Esther Rye Jul 19 2020 1:24 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to you Pat and the family for the loss of Donnley. He was an amazing friend to all and will be greatly missed by many!

Janelle Tacke Jul 18 2020 3:06 AM

Donnley was such a huge part of my sober living and I owe him deeply. There is no way to give back what I have received, the time spent, and empathy, the advice, a lot of times what I didn't want to hear. I Learned what "Our Father Who art in Heaven" really means. I thank the family for sharing him and his time as these things I will take with me and pass on to family and friends. As Donn said "May God Bless", Dan

Dan Tacke Jul 17 2020 4:00 PM

Aunt Patty, Mark, Kim and Kevin, so sorry for your loss. I remember when I was in college and I would see Aunt Pat and Uncle Don out at Country Kitchen and we would have a good chat. Then at all the family events we would have a good time catching up. I am sorry Paul and I will not be able to come to the services.

Anne Holland Jul 17 2020 3:45 AM

Aunt Patty, Mark, Kevin and Kim; Im so very sorrow for your loss. Uncle Don was always so happy to see us. It was so fun to go to the farm and visit your family. Im so sorry I wont be able to be at the funeral. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you.

Marie Duenow Jul 13 2020 10:43 PM

Kim, Deeply sorry to hear about your dad's passing. Know that I am thinking of you all on July 17th. Take care.

Amy S Petrik Jul 13 2020 9:45 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember the first time I met him and it was at Marilyn Potter's as we lived next door. Please Kim or Pat send me your addresses to 106 case St Yankton, SD 57078 Prayers during this time. Hugs and love.

linda nickles Jul 12 2020 8:40 PM

So sorry to hear of Donnely's passing. He was such an important part of our fellowship. Love and peace to you and your family, Pat.

Milo and Pat Hagenames Jul 10 2020 11:56 PM

So sorry to hear about Donnley's passing. I owned land that bordered Don and Pat's land. Spent many hours talking across the fence with them and also many coffee breaks by their garage.Learned a lot about life in South Dakota from them while working the land. Was planning a trip back to South Dakota in August and was planning on stopping in for a quick visit. Don, you will be sadly missed by the many lives you and Pat have touched. Will always remember your laugh and stories. R.I.P. Don.

Jerris Miles Jul 9 2020 10:31 PM

Don was so important in my life's journey, He taught me how to live and to be happy joyous and free. We spent a lot of time playing cards after meetings. He will be missed my many, Pat, may God comfort you the kids. I will look forward to greeting Don in the big meeting some day. Thank you both for all that you have done for AA and all your friends.

Charlie Larson Jul 9 2020 3:39 AM

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