Eugene Gene Novak, 87, of Rising City, died Monday, July 5, 2021 at the Butler County Health Care Center in David City.
Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, July 9, 2021 10:00 a.m.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Brainard, Nebraska
Rev. Steven Snitily, Celebrant
Visitation Thursday, July 8, 2021 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Rosary 7:00 p.m. all at the church
Military Rites and Committal
New Holy Trinity Cemetery, Brainard
Memorials to the family
Lunch at the Klein Center following committal
Eugene E. Gene Novak was born November 17, 1933 on a farm near Bee, Nebraska to Emil J. and Ann B. (Sedlak) Novak. He attended school at Ulysses and graduated from Ulysses High School in 1951. Gene served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956 serving in Japan and Korea. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. He was very proud to be a veteran. Following his army service he operated heavy equipment for Leo McGowan of Ulysses until he went into farming, once driving a scraper 1,000 miles from Shreveport, LA to Ulysses at 28 miles per hour. He had an article published in Country Magazine about his journey. On April 17, 1956, he was united in marriage to Margaret Svoboda at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Brainard. Gene farmed near Gresham and later moved near Surprise in 1966 and continued farming until he moved to Rising City in 1981. In 1981 he began operating heavy equipment for various businesses until his retirement. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Shelby.
Gene is survived by his children, Catherine (Tom) Pohl of Bruno, Gary (LaRee) Novak of Rising City, Tony (Kendra) Novak of Rising City, Mary (Andy) Sempek of Rising City, Grandchildren: Connie (Scott) Samek, Michelle (Dustin) Ploeger, Dee (Derek) Hanson, Jennifer (Andrew) Lowe, Bridget (Jack) Reed, Taylor Novak, Shayla Novak, Mitchell (Sheree) Sutton and Kacy (Aaron) Schmid. Many great grandchildren, and sister LaDean Gibbs of Omaha, brother-in-law Duard Moore. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Margaret, son David and sister Loretta Moore and brother-in-law Jerry Gibbs.