Raphael “Ray” Vsetecka, age 88, of Cresco, IA, died Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at Hawkeye Care Center in Cresco, IA.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Notre Dame Parish in Cresco, IA. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery Cresco, IA. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 12, at the Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home 404 N Elm Street Cresco, IA, with a parish scripture wake service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Saturday.
Raphael J. Vsetecka was born on March 8, 1927, son of Frank and Anastasia (Klima) Vsetecka near Jackson Junction, IA. He attended parochial school in Protivin until the 8th grade. On October 22, 1951, Ray married the love of his life Delores at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Protivin, IA. Ray had farming in his blood and took great pride in keeping his farm buildings, machinery, and land in top condition. He was a “jack of all trades” who excelled in carpentry, painting, and fixing farm machinery. Ray enjoyed playing the guitar, dancing with Delores, polka music, reading, playing cards, and socializing. Ray especially loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His adventures, vivid imagination, and sense of humor would keep them entertained for hours. He kept his Czech heritage alive through the language, the customs, and by visiting the Czech Republic. He liked taking road trips and traveling to Richland Center to attend farm machinery sales.
Ray is survived by his wife of 64 years Delores of Cresco, IA, children Donna (Mike) Miller of Cresco, IA, Quentin (Darlene) Vsetecka of Cresco, IA, Teresa (Robert) Uhlenhake of Ossian, IA, Anita (Rick) Richard of Monona, IA, Lori (Rod) Freidhof of Cresco, IA, Denise (Bryan) Sheehy of Cresco, IA, and Rodney (Rachel) Vsetecka of Cresco, IA, son-in-law Mark Carolan of Ridgeway, IA, grandchildren Shelley (Casey) Kettmann, Robert Miller, Holly (Ryan) Manske, Danielle Vsetecka, Jenna Vsetecka, Andie Vsetecka, Austin Vsetecka, Wendy (Daniel) Kuennen, Rob (LeAnn) Uhlenhake, Amber Uhlenhake, Bryce Uhlenhake, Lindsey Richard, Julie Carolan, Eric Carolan, Nick Freidhof, Leigh Freidhof, Kate Sheehy, Meredith Sheehy, Hannah Sheehy, Danica Vsetecka, and Derek Vsetecka, great grandchildren Hailey, Lincoln, Brooksen, Kade, Addisen, Parker, Kashten, Kaylee, and Brantley Ray, his brother Alvin (Patricia) Vsetecka of Lawler, IA, sisters-in-law Phyllis Vsetecka of Lawler, IA, and Norma Stone of Sparks, NV.
Preceding him in death were his parents Frank and Anastasia, son Harlan, daughter Joleen Carolan, granddaughter Claire Sheehy, great grandson Alexander Kettmann, his brothers James, Frank, Marcelline, and Cletus, and sisters Elsie, Margaret, Gertrude, and Marcella.