Laurence Joseph Svatos, 88, died peacefully Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Lantern Park Care Center. Private Family Services were held. The Laurence Svatos Memorial Fund has been established c/o P.O. Box 167, Iowa City, IA 52244.
Laurence was born Aug. 21, 1924, in Tabor, S. D., the son of Joseph and Helen Cekala Svatos. The family moved to Solon where Laurence was raised and educated. On Sept. 4, 1951, he married Ada Klumforth in Iowa City.
Laurence served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946 aboard the USS Belle Grove. Following his military service he returned to Solon to work on the family farm. Laurence worked for the U.S. Corps of Engineers building the Coralville Dam while he worked on the family farm and became employed at Home Town Dairies on April 4, 1953. He retired Aug. 31, 1986.
Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Ada, and their two daughters: Cheryl S. Svatos and Deborah K. Svatos-Clark, both of Iowa City; his brother Charles J. Svatos of North Liberty, several nieces and nephews, and his beloved dog Chloe.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son-in-law, Dennis S. Clark, and siblings, Louise Vermace and Raymond Svatos.
Online condolences may be sent to the family ate www.lensingfuneral.com .