Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, November 29, 2012
OBITUARY ~ DONALD EDWARD "JOE" SOBOTKA
Donald Edward "Joe" SOBOTKA, son of Edward and Beulah (ROUDYBUSH) SOBOTKA, was born January 8, 1921 at the farmstead near
Diagonal, Iowa. When he was eight, his mother died following childbirth. Joe was raised by his father and stepmother
Joe worked on the family farm, then left to serve his country in the US Army.
On February 14, 1941
he and Mildred MAIN were married and to this union five children were born.
After a few years of farming, Joe moved to
Mount Ayr. He owned The Sandwich Shop and was a partner with Lefty GEIST for a time.
In the mid-1950's Joe started his
own construction business, clearing land and building terraces and farm ponds. He purchased a farms outh of Beaconsfield
in the 1960's. He built ponds and made several improvements. After retirement, he started Joe's Catfish Farm. Because
of his business connections and his outgoing personality, Joe had friends all over southwest Iowa.
In earlier years, he
was active in the Mount Ayr Fire Department and was fire chief when the new fire station was built. He was active in
Ringgold Post #172 American Legion and helped build the Mount Ayr race track. He enjoyed many winters in Mesa, Arizona
and was a regular in the Iowa Café.
Joe passed away on November 23, 2012.
He was preceded in death by his mother,
father and step-mother; grandson Robbie GREGG; brothers Leonard and David SOBOTKA and sister Norma Jean LUMBARD.
Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Jerry (Debra) SOBOTKA of DeSoto, Iowa, Jan BOWLES of Spirit Lake,
Iowa, Randy SOBOTKA and Cyndi REYNOLDS of Minburn, Iowa, Sherrie (Allan) HELTON of Osceola, Iowa, and Susan EASTIN of
Osceola, Iowa; his longtime companion, Jorene SOBOTKA; nine grandchildren, Mike SOBOTKA, Cassie KINNEY, Beth STAPP, Jeff
BOWLES, Rocky SOBOTKA, Stacey GREGG, Joey GREGG, Shane EASTIN and Marty EASTIN; 17 great-grandchildren; brother Ivan
"Butch" (Sharon) SOBOTKA of Diagonal, Iowa, and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were
held on Monday, November 26 at the Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa with Rev. Skip RUSHING officiating.
Musicians were Nancy SACKETT and Grace WARIN.
Honorary pallbearers were Mike SOBTKA, Cassie KINNEY, Beth STAPP, Jeff
BOWLES, Rocky SOBOTKA, Stacey GREGG, Joey GREGG, Shane EASTIN and Marty EASTIN.
A memorial fund was established in
his name to be decided later.
Interment will be at a later date.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2012
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