Edward R. Swenka, 94, Cedar Rapids, formerly of Oxford, died Saturday morning, April 27, 2013, at the Solon Nursing Care Center. Funeral Mass was held May 1 at Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, by Father Christopher Podhajsky. Burial was in Saint John’s Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Edward is survived by six children: Keever (Gloria) Swenka, Solon, Ardis (David) Sevcik, Frisco, Texas, Dennis (Linda) Swenka, Morse, Becky (Robert) Kaefring, Lakeville, Minn., Carol Swartz, North Liberty and Charles Swenka, Cedar Rapids; sisters, Emily (Norbert) Wagner and Leona Evans, both of Iowa City; 21 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; a son, Glenn; a granddaughter, Darla Jean Sevcik; three sisters, Elsie Tomash, Mabel Novotny and Marie Just and three brothers, Clarence, William and Kenneth Swenka.
Edward was born June 17, 1918, in rural Oxford, the son of Paul and Mary (Shebetka) Swenka and grew up in the Oxford-Tiffin area. He married Mary B. Klima on May 1, 1943, at Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. Mary died April 26, 1997. Ed farmed in the North Liberty area from 1950 until 1956 and then moved to a farm near Oxford where he continued to farm from 1956 until 1992, when he retired and moved with Mary to Cedar Rapids. He was a dairy farmer for 35 years.
Ed was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and was awarded three Bronze Stars. While living in the Oxford area, he was a member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church where he sang in the choir. In Cedar Rapids he was a member of Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church. Ed was a member of American Legion Hanford Post 5 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 788, both in Cedar Rapids.
Ed and Mary loved to dance, especially the polka. He also enjoyed playing cards; euchre being one of his favorites, fishing, traveling and most of all spending time with his family.
Military graveside services will be conducted by American Legion Post 727.
A memorial fund has been established in Ed’s name.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.papich-kubafs.com under obituaries.