Marvin Emil Smisek, 84

Marvin Emil Smisek, 84, surrounded by his loving family, passed away on February 10, 2024 at Mala Strana nursing home in New Prague, MN. Celebration of Life on Saturday,  June 8 at the Lonsdale American Legion, 115 Second Ave NW, Lonsdale, MN, from 10:30 a.m. -  2:30 p.m. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery in Lonsdale. Lunch will be at 11 a.m. and music will be provided by his grandson, Coltan and his band the Rockin’ Hep Cats. Come celebrate and share stories of Marvin with his family and friends.

His parents, Ludmilla (Sticha) and Emil Smisek, welcomed him on May 24, 1939, to start his earthly journey on the farm in Forest Township, Rice County, MN. His brother, Melvin, joined the family in September, 1943. In 1949, they moved to their home in Webster. On September 18, 1962, he married Adeline Holey but later they divorced. They had 7 children together. He was an Army veteran and served in Germany. Marvin learned to be an auto mechanic from his dad, Emil.

He was a truck mechanic for Webster Creamery then worked for Schreyer Motors in Faribault, MN, for many years. He started his own mechanic shop in Lonsdale and also worked part-time hauling livestock. He loved farming and driving tractors. He helped his cousin, Arnie Nerud, and his in-laws on their farms. He worked for Malecha Farms driving semi, tractors, skid loader and more. He was known for being the best driver and hardest worker they had.

He enjoyed playing euchre his whole life and at all of the tournaments in the area. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and being outdoors cutting wood as well. He served as a firefighter for the Lonsdale Fire Dept. for over 8 years. He will be remembered as a hard worker, best mechanic, and all around nice guy.

He is survived by his children: Brenda (Clint) Pederson, Connie Theis, Diane (David) Dodds, Pam (Tony) Ramm, Mark (Camelle) Smisek and Charles (Jolene) Smisek; 9 grandchildren: Chaz (Jennifer), Ben (Emily), Courtney (Kyle), Josh, Coltan, Logan, Anissa, Emma, and Luke (Jennifer), 5 great-grandchildren: Mya, Justin, Taylor, Gavin and Zeda, his brother Melvin (Gail), his 2 nieces Shelly (Larry) Vosejpka, Kim (Brad) Jirik, many other relatives and friends, especially Art Jindra. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Michael and grandson Zachary Theis.



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