Michael Vellek Obituary

Funeral services for Michael Lee Vellek, 46, of Tyndall will be held at 1:30 p.m. today (Friday, July 3) at St. Leo Catholic Church in Tyndall, with Fr. Gerald Thury officiating. Organist will be Kathy Koenig. Interment will follow in Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery, rural Vodnany. Honorary casketbearers are the Tyndall-Tabor High School Class of 1981 and Mike’s friends John Cap, Rich Fryda , Rich Honner, Robbie Keppen , Bruce Kortan, Ryan Kronaizl , Dave Sutera, Eric Tycz and Wayne Winckler. Active casketbearers are Marlowe Vellek, Laurie Vellek, Marcia Skipper, Kevin Vellek, Dave Buchmann and Doug Kokesh. There will be visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Goglin Funeral Home of Tyndall.

Michael Lee Vellek was born on Wednesday, October 17, 1962, in Tyndall, South Dakota to Louis and Nyla (Jezek) Vellek. Mike lived his life on the farm near Scotland and Tyndall and worked hard on the farm. He didn’t mind doing just about anything, as long as he was busy and working. He loved life on the farm and especially cherished his cats. Mike’s enjoyment in life centered around people and spending time with his family and friends. For that reason, he especially enjoyed Czech Days and Hot Dog Night each year. He was proud to have won the Polka Dance-Off at Czech Days two years ago. Mike spent many hours reading and thoroughly read the local phone books. He was widely known for having almost everyone’s phone number committed to memory. Other pastimes included singing karaoke and playing cards, and he also enjoyed watching game shows on television. After a courageous battle with throat cancer, Mike passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2009, on the family farm near Scotland at the age of 46 years, 8 months and 14 days.

Grateful for having shared Mike’s life are his father, Louis Vellek of Scotland; two brothers, Marlowe Vellek and Kevin Vellek, both of Scotland; four sisters,, Cathy Vellek of Huron, Marlene Vellek of Sioux Falls, Laurie Vellek of Scotland, and Marcia Skipper of Huron; and seven nieces and nephews, Cody Crockett of Tyndall, Sam Crockett of Sioux Falls, Jamie Fender of Sioux Falls, Isaiah Hoop of Sioux Falls, and Crosby Skipper, Nyla Skipper and Charity Skipper, all of Huron.

His mother, Nyla Vellek, and his paternal and maternal grandparents preceded him in death.

*Goglin Funeral Homes

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