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Zion Lutheran Church, Scotland
Saturday November 19th, 2011
9:30am - 11:00am

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Zion Lutheran Church, Scotland
Saturday November 19th, 2011
11:00am

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George Edward Novak

CLERGY
Rev. Jonathan Vehar
MUSIC
Congregational Hymns
"How Great Thou Art"
"Just as I Am" 
"My Hope is Built on Nothing Less"
George Edward Novak was born on Saturday, December 19, 1925 at Scotland, South Dakota to Frank and Mary (Varilek) Novak. He grew up on a farm west of Scotland and worked for room and board to go to high school. He served in the US Army during World War II, from December 1, 1945 through January 1, 1947. Following his military service, George was united in marriage to Doris Darlene Gunn on March 29, 1948 at the Lutheran Parsonage in Scotland. Together, they owned and operated the Scotland Café and later the Rec Bar and Bowling Alley. He also worked for Allied Feeds and the SD Department of Weights and Measures. George and his family moved to Menno in 1964 when he became a rural mail carrier. He delivered mail in the Menno area for over 20 years. After George retired from the Postal Service in 1989, he and Doris moved back to Scotland. George loved music, especially polka music, and played drums with a few local groups. He was a great dancer. He enjoyed keeping up a nice looking yard and helped his wife with her many flowers. George was always proud of his Scotland Community and promoted it every chance he could. He was Mayor of Scotland, a Bon Homme County Commissioner, and first President of the Scotland All-School Reunion. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Disabled American Veterans, the V.F.W. and the El Riad Shrine. George passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Royal C. Johnson Veteran’s Memorial Medical Center in Sioux Falls, having attained the age of 85 years, 10 months and 23 days.
Grateful for having shared his life are his two daughters: Linda (Guy) Wold of Cass Lake, Minnesota and Sharon (Brian) Maas of Salem; three grandchildren: Kendra Lyn Wold (Jim) Detwiler of Cass Lake, Minnesota, Tonia Marie (Tim) Karbowski of Buffalo, Minnesota and William “Ben” Brown, currently with the US Army and in transit from Afghanistan; one great-granddaughter, Leah Raye Karbowski; a brother, Edward Novak; nieces Agnes, Margene, Joyce, Betty, Judy, and Jeanette; and nephews Larry, Allan, and Steven.
Preceding George in death were his wife, Doris, on May 1, 2011; an infant son; his parents, Frank and Mary Novak; three brothers and their wives: Louis (Evangeline) Novak, Harry (Helen) Novak, and Milo (Signe) Novak; a sister, Violet Eichner; a niece, Shirley; and a special cousin, Buddy Dufek.

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Guestbook

Linda, Sharon & Families: We planned at being at the funeral but both of us have such bad coughs that we decided to stay home but you are definitely in our thoughts. We were so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. I will surely miss his bright smile every time I came to see Mom at the home, and she will surely miss him at her table for meals. May God bless you all and we will keep you in our prayers. Betty

Don & Betty Woehl Nov 19 2011 12:00 PM

Dear Linda, Sharon and families So SORRY you had to experience the lose of both your parents so soon after each other. In behalf of Zion I would like to share, the memories that will never be forgotten are their warm greetings each Sunday morning,Their particpation and mingling amongst the people was truly a gift to us "specially at the coffee hour. As you experience your loss, for both of them my prayers are that "As you go on your way, May God go with you, May he go before you, to show you the way, Behind you to encourage you, Beside you to befriend you, Above you to watch over you, and Within you to give you his peace. With Christ's Love, LaVerne Goeken

LaVerne Goeken Nov 19 2011 7:20 AM

Linda amd Sharon, My ddepest aympthy to you. A smile always crosses my face when I hear the name George Novak! I have fond memories of him when I worked as a waitress in the restaurant and before that I would babysit Linda. Mom (Ann Dawson) also was the cook in the restaurant. May the Lord Bless you with peace during this difficult time.

Shirley Dawson Viau Nov 17 2011 9:53 AM

Novak family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss. May God bless you and give you comfort. Joe LaBarge and family

Joe LaBarge Nov 16 2011 8:06 AM

Please accept our deepest sympathies. George always had a kind word and a genuine smile. We feel so fortunate to call him a friend. He always made us feel at home in Scotland.

Mike & Sue Taplett Nov 15 2011 7:02 PM

Novak Family, Our deepest sympathy to your family. George was so nice to visit with at Zion Lutheran Church & then at the Good Sam when we were there to visit. Find comfort in the great memories. God Bless.

Bill & Nicole Suurmeier Nov 15 2011 8:51 AM

My prayers for all of you. I remember well your parents as I worked for them at the Scotland Cafe and have fond memories of that time in my life. Know they are together once again.

Katherine Schmidt Nov 15 2011 8:47 AM