Wesley W. Stverak

Wesley W. Stverak, age 65, of Quinn, SD, died Tuesday afternoon, August 10, 2004, at his residence.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 13, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Jim Cissell and Rev. Charlie Hunt officiating.

Music was provided by Dorothy Shearer, organist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Jerry Johannesen, Bill Leonard, and Delbert Sebade. Pallbearers were Klare Schroder, David Jedlicka, Grant Shearer, Dan Hedlund, Rodney Lanz, Lavern Lanz, Jim Williams, and Dennis Eliason.

Interment was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Quinn. Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall was in charge of the arrangements.

Wesley William Stverak was born July 23, 1939, in Mitchell, SD, the son of Wesley and Lydia (Dobesh) Stverak.

He grew up and attended school in Bon Homme County, except for one year they lived at Tilford, SD. In 1956, while attending Tyndall High School, he joined the Army National Guard. He was honorably discharged in 1964 after eight years of service.

Wesley attended Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, SD. He later transferred to South Dakota State College in Brookings where he graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science Degree.

Wesley was united in marriage to Norma Jean Larson on October 20, 1962, at Beresford, SD.

His first job was at McIntosh, SD, with the Extension Service of Corson County. Then they moved to Rapid City where he was assistant county agent until 1965. He then joined the Rapid City Production Credit Association and moved to Philip, where he worked until 1972. He then worked for the Philip Livestock Auction and Livestock Nutrition until 1978 when they moved to Wall. While in Wall, he operated the Wall Meat Processing Plant for five years. They then moved to Quinn where they have since resided. In 1989, he and his wife, Norma Jean, and their son, Todd, cooked for the Western South Dakota Centennial Wagon Train.

He enjoyed their catering service, chuckwagon cooking for trail rides and artist rides. He was a member of the Mount Rushmore Ramblers Good Sam Chapter since 1980 and a member of the United Methodist Church of Wall. Wes enjoyed hunting and fishing, and playing with his grandchildren.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Norma Jean Stverak of Quinn; three sons, Charles Stverak and his wife, Heidi, David Stverak and his wife, Sandra, and Todd Stverak and his wife, Lori, all of Sioux Falls; a daughter, Lois Wilburn and her husband, Charles, of Black Hawk; seven grandchildren, Felicia, Cassondra, Tosha, Holden, Abigail, Lucille and Katelynn; a brother, George Stverak and his wife, Kathy, of Rapid City; three nephews, Jason, Jeffrey and Creighton; two nieces, Anita and Corrin; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Wesley was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and Lydia Stverak; a sister, JoAnne Thurman and her husband, Jerry Thurman.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials directed to the Naja Temple Travel Fund.