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Charles Stepanek

July 2, 2018 GMT

Charles Stepanek

Feb. 17, 1930 -- June 28, 2018

Charles A. Stepanek, 88, of Fremont died June 28, 2018 at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Charles was born Feb. 17, 1930 in Howells, to Charles S. and Bessie (Hartl) Stepanek.

He was the oldest of nine children raised on a farm near Howells. The family moved to Schuyler when he was 14 years old. Charles graduated in 1950 from Schuyler High School and enlisted to serve his country in the Marine Corp from 1951 to 1953. The Marine Motto, Semper Fidelis, (always Faithful) represented his life on the job, in his marriage, and with his children. He enjoyed astronomy, building a telescope and purchasing others. He enjoyed playing a button accordion since he was a teenager. He played for various groups and entertained for several organizations and in Homes for the retired.

Charles married Delphine Sedlacek at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Schuyler on Oct. 20, 1956. They moved to Fremont in 1967. He worked at ConAgra until retirement in 1992. In 1979 they moved to Saunders County where he started an orchard. The family moved back to Fremont in 1998 and he continued raising fruit and gardening.

Charles was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed seeing friends at the Friendship Center.

Survivors are his wife, Delphine; children, Roxanne Merizalde of Cedar Park, Texas, Chuck (Leigh) Stepanek of Lincoln, Russell Stepanek of Fremont, Laurie Stepanek and Angie (Braulio) Araya all of Lincoln; brother, Orin (Marcia) Stepanek of Columbus; sisters, Laquita Sklenar, Pocatello, Idaho, Marcella (Louis) Husak, Columbus and Carol (Delvin) Goff of Wamsutter, Wyoming; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Andrew; one brother; three sisters; and a granddaughter.

Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 2, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont. Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 7 p.m. at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont.

Memorials may be left to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or the Fremont Friendship Center.

Online condolences may be left at www.mosermemorialchapels.com.

Moser Memorial Chapel, 2170 North Somers Avenue, Fremont, NE 68025 402-721-4490.