Rev. Jonathan Vehar
"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.