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John "Sam" C. Vacek
July 9, 1950 ~ August 19, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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John “Sam” C. Vacek, 73, of Oxford Junction passed away on Saturday, August 19, 2023 after a long four year courageous battle with cancer.
His funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, August 25, 2023 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oxford Junction, where a one hour visitation will be held prior to his service. A visitation will be held on Thursday, August 24 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Dawson Funeral Services in Oxford Junction. Burial will be at Mayflower Cemetery in Oxford Junction.
John Charles Vacek was born on July 9, 1950 in Anamosa to George and Lorene (Eggers) Vacek. He graduate from Oxford Junction High School in 1968. On December 1, 1973 he was united in marriage to the love of his life Patricia Burgart in Lourdes, Iowa. In his earlier years Sam worked at Wilson’s in Cedar Rapids, at Bahl Lumber Yard and at Walter’s Lumber before becoming a self-employed carpenter and part time farmer. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oxford Junction. Sam helped with the local Hunter Education Courses and was one of the founding members of the Whitetails Unlimited Wapsie Bottoms Chapter. He enjoyed taking care of his farm and several fruit trees. You could always find him building something or tinkering with some project on the farm. Sam enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Some of his happiest days were spent on his boat fishing with his boys.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Pat of Oxford Junction, three sons: Kris Vacek of Oxford Junction, Jason (Maggie) Vacek of Davenport, Cory (Lea) Vacek of Kansas City, MO, a sister Marie Clapp of Toronto and a brother Marvin (Kathy) Vacek of Oxford Junction.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister Kathy Richardson.
John’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Jenigiri, the Oncology Staff at PCI and the staff at UIHC and the Clarence Nursing Home for the compassionate care they gave him over the years.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to his family in his honor. Cards of condolences may be directed to Dawson Funeral Services Attn: John Vacek Family Po Box 258 Wyoming, Iowa 52362.