February 15, 1926 ~ October 12, 2014
Edward Novak, age 88 of Elma, IA passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Colonial Manor in Elma. Edward Novak Jr. was born on February 15, 1926 to Edward Sr. and Lillian (Neuzil) Novak on the family farm near Spillville, IA. He attended country school until the 8th grade when he began working with his father on the farm. In 1950, Edward was drafted into the United States Marine Corp serving during the Korean Conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, Edward returned home to continue farming. He was united in marriage to Agnes Lipa on June 7, 1954 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, IA. The couple then made their home in Elma where they raised their three children Debbie, Ricky and Michael. It was in Elma that Edward owned and operated his salvage yard until retirement. Edward was often found fishing when he wasn’t working. He spent many years as a Boy Scout leader. He loved spending time helping the scouts with various projects. He also enjoyed taking his wife dancing throughout Iowa and Minnesota with their friends. Edward was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. Edward is survived by his wife, Agnes of Elma; his daughter Debbie Mlady of Cresco, IA, his sons, Ricky Novak of Salt Lake City, UT and Michael (Roxanne) Novak of Cedar Falls; his grandchildren, Wendy, Steven, Robert, Andy, Emily, Patty; his sister, Mildred (Al) Hrdlicka of Elma and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Mary (Art) Phillips; his brother, Tony (Gladys) Novak and his granddaughter, Anna Novak.
Agnes and family–thinking of all of you! Memories are pouring in of staying at your house and enjoying your family so much. I can’t help but remember that we would always have ice cream for dessert! Love you all. Ann and Pat Loftus and boys
Agnes and your family so sorry to hear about Ed, remember how much mom loved it when he would send her some of his fish he had caught and the times you all went to listen to music remember all the memories and you all will be in our thoughts and prayers Bob and Darlys Roethler
Agnes and family,
Kev and I send our deepest sympathy to you all. Ed was a soft spoken man who always had a smile on his face. He was always ready to talk to you. Be it about fishing, farming and whatever. I know that he and Mom and Dad are talking and going fishing and not letting the big ones get away, anymore…Agnes, you gave your all in taking such wonderful care of him, to the end. He depended on you and you on him. You have such a BIG heart. He’s with the Lord and smiling down on you for all you did. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Carol and Kev
The memories when you’d babysit us- it was like Christmas going to your house. The smell of kolaches, helping with chickens, so many places to hide and seek, seeing Ed’s latest catch, the list goes on and on. I am so sorry for Ed’s passing, but all the memories will live on. Our thoughts, love, and prayers are with you, Agnes and family.
Agnes and family-May loving memories of your husband, father, father-in-law and grandpa bring you comfort and peace as you remember a life well-lived. Our sincere sympathy. Our thoughts are with you through this difficult time. Owen and Lynelle Grube
Have so many great memories fishing with you Ed on the Cedar and Mississippi. I am still as frustrated as you that I could not reel in that lunker Northern I had on the line at Linksville back in the late 70’s. My condolences to the family from Bill, Sherri, Alex and Michael Gansen.
OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES ARE WITH YOU ALL. LOTS OF GOOD VISITS WITH ED OVER THE YEARS. LOTS OF GOOD TIMES AT THE DANCES I WILL NEVER FORGET. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. FROM TIM AND CINDY HOWLAND PROTIVIN IOWA. TIM THE MUSIC MAN.
Please accept our sincere condolences. May the words quoted from this song bring you a measure of comfort as it did for us.
”If a man or woman should die, can they live again?
Hear the promise God has made:
He will call; The dead will answer.
They shall live at his command.
For he will have a longing
For the work of his own hand.
So have faith, and do not wonder,
For our God can make us stand.
And we shall live forever,
As the work of his own hand ”(Job 14:13-15)