James Palecek was born September 16, 1925 in Winner, SD to Frank and Agnes (Usak) Palecek and passed away on May 28, 2012 at his home after a brief battle with cancer.
Jim grew up and attended school in Winner, SD. He enlisted in the United States Navy on October 13, 1942. He was honorably discharged November 18, 1945. During his life, he worked for Nesbitt Bottling Company, the Trippy County Highway Department, and for the State Highway Department. He retired in 1987 from the State Highway Department after 33 years. He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion, and the First Christian Church.
Jim loved playing baseball for the Winner town team and the Navy baseball team. Jim was the catcher and always said he loved this position as you are in on every play. He remained an avid baseball and sports fan his whole life. He also loved to fish, hunt, dance, garden, take care of his yard, paint, and refinish many pieces of wooden furniture. With the exception of his time in the service, Jim lived his entire life on the same block in Winner.
On January 17, 1948, he was united in marriage to Lorraine Ellwanger and to this union, five children were born.
Jim is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lorraine, four sons, Jerry (Diane), of Gladstone, MO, Rick (Peggy), Monte (Maureen), of Philip, SD, Lance (Kristi), of Yankton, and daughter, Chandra (Jim) Day of Winner. Thirteen grandchildren: Ryan and Whitney Palecek, John, Dan (Tracy) Palecek, Anne (Alex) Chmura, Nick (Dusti) Palecek, Laura (Jeremy) Whittington, Deanna (Trevor) Krugman, Blake and Cassie Day, Alex, Makayla, and Trevan Palecek and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Agnes Palecek, brothers Albert (Marie), Frank (Elsie), Milosh (Isabelle), and one sister Molly (Earl) Knowlton.