Richard "Louie" Brozik, age 89, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM on Friday, August 8, 2014, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend David Gunderson officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791, Yankton and the SDARNG. Burial will take place at a later date in the Bohemian Cemetery in Gregory, South Dakota. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral on Friday at the funeral home.
Honorary pallbearers are Louie's grandchildren and great grandchildren: Joshua Anderson, Matthew Anderson, Sara Jares, Andrew Churchill, Elizabeth Churchill, Kaden Anderson, and Ian Jares.
Richard "Louie" Brozik was born October 9, 1924, on the family farm, north of Gregory, South Dakota, to Vaclav and Barbara (Svec) Brozik. Louie grew up on the family farm and attended a one room school house just down the road from the farm. He entered the United States Army on September 26, 1950 and served during the Korean War. After his discharge from the army he returned to the farm and on May 21, 1957, he married Virginia Lubbers in Herrick, South Dakota. They lived on the farm for a few years until moving to Rapid City, South Dakota where they managed a motel for a few years. They moved to Yankton and purchased the Sunset Motel and then moved to Sutherland, Nebraska where they purchased and operated a mobile home park. They moved back to Gregory and purchased the Parkside Motel which they continued to operate for several years. After their retirement they moved to Gayville, South Dakota where Louie returned to his farming roots and began working for Gurney's helping them in the fields. He also began working for the South Dakota Parks Department helping them mow near the lake. They moved to Yankton in 2005 where they continued to live until Louie's health caused him to enter Avera Yankton Care Center and later Avera Sister James Care Center.
Louie was a hard worker who always needed to be working with his hands. He loved woodworking, making everything from tables and chairs to BB gun holders for his grandchildren. He had a great sense of humor and loved going for rides in the car with Virginia. Louie and Virginia did everything together and were rarely seen apart.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Virginia Brozik of Yankton; two daughters: Carol (Vertus) Anderson of Yankton and Diane (Norman) Churchill of Colorado Springs, Colorado; five grandchildren: Joshua Anderson, Matthew Anderson, Sara (Tyler) Jares, Andrew Churchill, and Elizabeth Churchill; two great grandchildren: Kaden Anderson and Ian Jares; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son; four sisters: Rose Karl, Emma Karl, Libbie Brozik, and Mary Brozik; and two brothers: Joseph and James Brozik.
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Virginia, Carol & Diane,
My deepest sympathies go out to you as you go through this difficult time. May your memories of times shared give you comfort now & in the days ahead.
Lois Drews Jerred
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