Donald "Tiny" Hladky, age 72, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Friday, January 16, 2015, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend Lawrence "Butch" Hladky officiating. Burial will be in the Nikodym Cemetery in rural Utica, South Dakota with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 and the South Dakota Army National Guard. Visitation is from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.
Pallbearers are: Richard Hladky, Thomas Hladky, Zachary Kokesh, Jacob Kokesh, Damian Janssen Jr. and Abram Janssen.
Donald "Tiny" Hladky was born October 31, 1942, to Louis and Emily (Pokorny) Hladky in Yankton, South Dakota. He grew up in Yankton and attended school in Yankton until enlisting in the United States Army in 1964. He served his country overseas, mostly in Germany, from 1964 until 1968. He married Betty Mayer on December 28, 1970 in Yankton. After their marriage they continued to live in Yankton, where Tiny worked various jobs, including working on the railroad and for Kellen & Streit in Yankton. Tiny also served in the South Dakota Army National Guard for many years. In 1980, he moved to Rapid City, South Dakota where he worked many jobs as a jack of all trades for 20 years. He moved back to the Yankton area in 2000, when his health began to fail in order to be closer to his family.
Tiny loved hunting, fishing, and playing pool. He especially loved woodworking, carving and making many things including picnic tables, which he gave away. Tiny was fun. He gave the workers at the Nursing Home in Wakonda a bad time and they would give it right back. Because of his strokes he was unable to talk so he would get your attention by pulling on your shirt tails. Being unable to talk, except to cuss, he'd say dis and dis and dis and act it out. It was up to everyone else to figure it out.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Hladky of Yankton; three grandchildren; two brothers: Robert (Christa) Hladky of Aberdeen, South Dakota and Lawrence "Butch" (Barbara) Hladky of Yankton and sister in law Mary Hladky of Yankton. He was also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael; and oldest brother, Lyle Hladky.
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