Graveside services for Fred Ruzicka, age 69, of O’Neill, Nebraska will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, at Star Cemetery, rural O’Neill. Delores Ruzicka will officiate.
Brockhaus Funeral Home in Verdigre, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.
Fred died Monday, April 17, 2017, at O’Neill Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Fred D. Ruzicka was born May 7, 1947, to Fred E. and Marie (Larsen) Ruzicka, north of Orchard, Nebraska where he attended country school until the seventh grade. He then finished his education at Creighton, Nebraska and graduated in 1965. Fred was united in marriage to Patricia A. Vokner of Verdigre on October 29, 1967. To this union one daughter was born, Tamara Lynn.
Fred spent nine years serving our country in the National Guard while working for Morrison Farms in Clearwater, Nebraska. In 1970, Fred and Patricia purchased a farm north of Orchard where he farmed until 1986. The family then moved northeast of O’Neill, Nebraska, where he worked for Koplin Farms until his health failed and he was physically unable to continue working. His former wife, Patricia, being the kind woman she was, took care of him at home for six years until he suffered a massive heart attack in March 2016. Due to various health issues, he was unable to return home and spent the last year at O’Neill Care and Rehabilitation and Care Center, where the staff became very close to Fred.
Fred was a very special man and he touched so many lives and made so many friends throughout his life. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
He was preceded in death by his father, Fred E.; mother, Marie; grandparents; brothers, Emil Ruzicka and Vernon Ruzicka and his wife Janet; and sister, Norma and her husband Keith.
Fred is survived by his former wife, Patricia of O’Neill; and daughter, Tamara (Robert) Kehn of Herrick, South Dakota.