Created: Fri, 06 Dec 2013 02:38:00 CST
Updated: Fri, 06 Dec 2013 02:41:05 CST
Eddie Roy Vavricka, son of Julia (Jelinek) and Vencil Vavricka, was born June 23, 1923, at the Vavricka Homestead, 8 miles north of Red Cloud, Nebraska. He departed this life on December 4, at the age of 90, while on his way to feed his cattle. Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters Elsie McPartland, Gladys Sommerhalder, Agnes Conway, a brother Paul, and a granddaughter Chloe DeWeese. Survivors include his wife Joan Vavricka of Red Cloud, his four children, Joe Vavricka and wife Gloria of Hildreth, Nebraska; Sandra Berry and husband David of Bella Vista, Arkansas; Kathy McCabe and husband Tom of Singapore; Judy DeWeese and husband Scott of Cunningham, Kansas; 13 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.
Eddie took over the family farm at the age of 16 when his father passed, and graduated from Cowles High School in 1941. He married Joan Wilson on July 16, 1946, in Smith Center, Kansas, and made their home north of Red Cloud on the family farm, where they raised four children. Eddie was a horseman, cattleman, farmer and family man.
As a horseman, in his early years, he drove teams of horses to work the land. In his later years, he had horses for his kids and grandkids to ride and for him to give buggy rides. Many of these horses were purchased at the Waverly, Iowa horse sale where he traveled with his wife and daughter Sandra for over 20 years.
Eddie was a cattleman until the day he died when he left this world while "feeding his cows." His gentle and patient nature was evident in his herd with his cows being tame and easy to work with and care for.
As a farmer, he loved the land and everything that farm life brought. He logged countless hours in the tractor, working ground, planting seeds and harvesting crops. One of his favorite things to do was to swath and bale his hay ground with his son Joe and grandson Max.
One of the greatest joys and memories of Eddie was playing with his grandkids and teasing them. When the kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids arrived at the farm for family gatherings, he enjoyed his time with them by giving buggy rides, pickup rides to the pasture, and taking them fishing. He loved to watch his family ride horses, jump on hay bales, and build forts.
Eddie's qualities will forever be a part of the fabric of his family. He was a good, kind and humble man, and taught his loved ones the importance of family, integrity, and hard work. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral services were held Saturday 2:00 PM at the United Methodist Church in Red Cloud, NE. Pastor Joel Rathbuun was the officiant. Private family burial was held in the Red Cloud Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at wmsfh.com. Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud is in charge of the arrangements.
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