Des Moines Register
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
April 5, 1994
OBITUARY - ELBERT LEE SOBOTKA, MARSHALLTOWN
Elbert Lee SOBOTKA, age 74, passed away on February 20, 2010 at the Veterans Home in Marshalltown surrounded by his
family. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 24 at Bethany Lutheran Church in McCallsburg,
with Pastor Nate LISTON officiating. Interment will be at Lincoln Township Cemetery in Zearing, IA.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23 at the Bethany Lutheran Church in McCallsburg.
Elbert Lee SOBOTKA was born in Ringgold County on August 10, 1935 to Andrew Joseph and Eva Marie (DRISKELL) SOBOTKA. His
adolescent years were spent on a farm near Diagonal, Iowa, with his parents, four brothers - Bernard, Joe, Wallace and
Chuck and three sisters - Margaret, Maxine and Sherry.
Elbert graduated from Diagonal High School in 1953. He entered the United States Army in the fall of that year, serving
He graduated from Northwest Missouri State College in Marysville, MO, in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He
earned a Master's Degree from Drake University (1964) and received a Specialist Degree from Drake University in 1967. His
first job was in Van Meter teaching high school math and science.
His entire life was spent in the Education Field, first as a Science and Math teacher in Van Meter (1960-64). During this
time, he coached girls basketball and boys baseball, and taught Drivers Education. He furthered his career as a High
School Principal and math teacher at Southeast Warren from (1964-1969).
In 1969, he took the job as Superintendent at NESCO (North East Story County Organization). NESCO reorganized with the
neighboring town of Colo, becoming Colo-NESCO. During his career El has received numerous awards for his leadership in
Education. He retired in 1993; he dearly loved his work, especially working with the children.
During his life, his hobbies included his love for sports. He sincerely enjoyed many fishing trips to Lake Rathbun during
the seventies and eighties with his family and friends. May those great memories help sustain those he loved most.
Although his health had deteriorated since retirement, he was blessed with a loving family who came to visit him often.
His wife, Janis (BROWN) SOBOTKA, whom he married on July 13, 1957, in Tingley, Iowa, was his devoted care taker until he
reached the stage she could no longer care for him. Therefore, he entered the Veteran's Home in Marshalltown. He was a
member of the American Legion Post #334 in McCallsburg.
He and Jan were blessed with three wonderful children, Rick (Fran) SOBOTKA of Overland Park, KS; Sandy (Doug) PERISHO, of
Zearing; and Jackie (Jack) BECKER-O'LEARY of Nevada. He also leaves eight wonderful grandchildren and nine
great-grandchildren, Erin and Jon SOBOTKA of Overland Park, KS; Amy (Bart) WELDON of Maxwell and their son Brayden; Tami
(Rich) CORCORAN of Story City and their children Grace, Eva Marie and Levi; Wyatt (Breann) PERISHO of Zearing and their
son, Connor; Brad (Tonya) BECKER of Ames and their children Parker, Dillon and Kale; Michael (Jill) BECKER and Maddux of
Waterloo; Andrew BECKER of Ames.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Elbert Sobotka Memorial Education Fund in care of State Bank
and Trust in Nevada.
The Fredregill Funeral Home in Zearing, Iowa is in charge of the arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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