OBITUARY - JOSEPH JEROME "JOE" NOVAK
Joseph Jerome "Joe" NOVAK, son of LaVerne and Mary (SWETT) NOVAK, was born May 11, 1953 in Mount Ayr, IA. Joe graduated
from Diagonal High School in 1971. He went to Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, MO for 1 year. Joe married
Peggy HUGHES on August 21, 1976 in Lamoni, Iowa. To this marriage was born three children; Jeremy, Amy and Tracy. Joe and
Peggy later divorced.
Joe managed the truck stop in Decatur City for several years. In 1987, Joe moved to Oklahoma and worked for Phillips 66
for 2 years. In 1989, Joe began his career with Wal-Mart. His present position was Field Services Coordinator for Club
Marketing. Joe traveled extensively. He loved his job and working with the people. Joe had a great respect for the people
he worked for and he was respected and admired by his peers. Joe may have loved his job but his greatest love was for his
family and in particular, his three grandsons; known to them as "Papa Joe." Joe truly loved all of his family; calling
often to his mother and siblings. Joe’s conversations always centered around his concerns for other people. Although, Joe
lived in southern Missouri, his heart was for his pride and joy south of Diagonal; the “20” as he called it. Joe passed
away suddenly on September 20, 2009 at his home in Jane, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his father LaVerne NOVAK; and his grandparents, Cyril & Maud NOVAK and Orville SWETT.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Margaret NOVAK of Jane, MO; his three children Jeremy NOVAK & wife Amy
of Diagonal, Amy FINNEY & husband Jeff of Ramona, OK, and Tracy FREEMAN & husband Chad of Owasso, OK; grandsons Jacob
NOVAK and Drew & Jett FINNEY; his mother Mary NOVAK of Mount Ayr; one sister Sherri SHEIL of Clarinda, IA; three brothers
Tim NOVAK & wife Connie of Bedford, Tom NOVAK & Rob NOVAK of Diagonal; uncles Bob NOVAK & wife Barbara of Sterling,
Virginia and Loren SWETT & wife Alice of Temple, Texas; special family Paul NOVAK & wife Lupe of Deer Creek, MN; nephew &
nieces, other relatives, and many friends.
Mr. NOVAK was cremated. Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 24, 2009, at St. Mary's Catholic
Cemetery, Maloy,Iowa. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2009
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