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Lenox Time Table
Lenox, Iowa
Thursday October 11, 1973

OBITUARY ~ LEONARD ANDREW SOBOTKA

Leonard Andrew Sobotka was born at Diagonal, Iowa, Oct. 13, 1922. He was the son of Edward and Beulah Roudybush Sobotka. Following a recent illness he passed away Sept. 29, 1973 at the Veterans hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, at the age of 50 years, 11 months and 16 days.

Leonard spent his boyhood life in rural Diagonal and attended grade and high school and the Methodist Church there. In February, 1943, he entered military service where he served with the 29th Cavalry Reconn Transportation Division. He served overseas duty for two years in northern France and central Europe then received an honorable discharge from the army in 1946.

He was married to Venita Shirlene Kirby at Mount Ayr, Iowa June 14, 1947. To this union were born three children, Connie Sue, Karen Rae and Duane Lee.

He loved outdoor life and was proud to be a farmer. He owned and operated heavy construction equipment for 20 years and in 1965 became a member of the Clearfield Christian Church. He was a member of the Legion and Lions Clubs and a lifetime member of the Creston VFW club. Most of his life time was enjoyed in Ringgold and Taylor counties.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Venita and son Duane at home, two daughters, Connie Cooper and his son-in-law, Dennis of Grand Forks, No. Dak., Karen Schaefer and his son-in-law, Michel of rural Diagonal, 3 grandchildren, Jackie DeLee Cooper and Jennifer Jo, and Billy Joe Schaefer. Other survivors include his step mother, Frances Sobotka of Diagonal, a brother Donald of Beaconsfield, a sister, Norma Jean Lumbard of Shannon City, two half-brothers, Ivan of Diagonal and David of Maloy, their wives and families, many aunts, uncles and a host of other relatives and friends.

Final rites were conducted Monday .from the Christian Church in Clearfield at 2 p.m. with Rev. L. C. Brown, United Methodist minister, officiating. Music was furnished by Darl Bell of Lorimor, soloist, with Mrs. Robert Lookhart, of Lenox accompanist.

Casket bearers were Darwin Sollars, Ivan Longfellow, Orvin Larson, Kenneth Morris, James Herrington and David Stephens.

Burial was in Diagonal cemetery with military rites by the Creston VFW and Clearfield Legion Post.

Transcription and Submission by Lorelei Rusco, February of 2014

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