Donald Francis Veverka, 83, Phillips, died in the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield on Friday, August 10, 2012. He was born on October 14, 1928, in Jerico, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Cecelia (Novotny) Veverka. The family moved to Phillips in 1933. He served his country in the United States Army for 21 ½ years, retiring from military service on July 1, 1969. He is a veteran of the Korean and Viet Nam Wars, and a recipient of the Bronze Star. He returned to Phillips at the time of his retirement, and for the last year has been residing with his daughter in Nekoosa, Wisconsin. He served as Sexton of St. Patrick Cemetery in Phillips for many years, and as custodian/maintenance man for St. Patrick Catholic Church in Phillips. He was a member of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church of Phillips and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In his free time he enjoyed musky and trout fishing, scrapbook keeping, deer and rabbit hunting. He is survived by two daughters, Pat (John) Vlach, Phillips, and Debra Ann (Rob Hutchison) Veverka, Nekoosa, WI; by four grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; and by four brothers and sisters, Stanley (Lou) Veverka, Phillips, Lorraine (Jack) Johnston, Bayfield, WI, James (Marge) Veverka, Woodridge, IL, and Rose (Robert) Bogdanovic, Phillips. He is preceded in death by his wives., Helena Kaus and Joan Leben; by one great grandson; and by three brothers, John, Robert, and Edward.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, August 16, at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Phillips with Father Gerald Hagen celebrating the Funeral Mass. Interment will be in the St. Patrick Cemetery in Phillips. Friends may call at the funeral home after 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 15. The Parish Wake Service will be held at the funeral home at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday evening with Deacon James Celba officiating.
The Heindl Funeral Home in Phillips is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.