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Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church
Thursday December 19th, 2019
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Mass of Christian Burial

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Friday December 20th, 2019

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Kenneth L. "Ken" Svoboda

Kenneth Lee “Ken” Svoboda, 64, St. Paul beef producer, husband, father of six, and grandfather of six, died on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at the Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul, after a difficult six-year journey with colorectal cancer. Friends are invited to celebrate his life and Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. Friday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Rev. Rayappa Konka and Deacon Neil Baquet will concelebrate the Mass. A meal will be served immediately following the Mass. A family inurnment will be held that afternoon in the Fairdale Sunrise Cemetery north of St. Paul. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a 7 p.m. Parish Rosary. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family. Ken was born August 6, 1955 in David City, Nebraska to Leander and Anita (Ratkovec) Svoboda, and grew up outside of Rising City with his five sisters and two brothers on a farm. The family raised cattle and crops, and his kids remember him telling tales of cattle on the loose in the streets of Omaha and driving the farm truck to the stockyards when he was young. Ken worked on the farm from a very early age and learned to love the family business. Kenny, as his friends and family called him, went to country school not far from his home – traveling uphill both ways on a welded together bicycle – until 6th grade. He graduated from David City High School (where he was a champion wrestler) in 1973 and joined his father working on the farm. One of Kenny’s favorite hobbies was racing stock cars at the dirt tracks around Nebraska. He met Beth Hiller and they were married in Bellwood on May 5, 1978. Ken and Beth moved to St. Paul, Nebraska in 1985 where they built a successful beef operation together. Ken’s work gave him purpose; he loved to work with his hands. Toward the end of his life, he said that he felt privileged to do the things that he’d done and as his health declined, his biggest wish was to be outside working. He had a strong work ethic and a robust sense of fairness; Ken knew and supported his neighbors and they supported him right back. Besides his work, Ken was never happier than when he was watching a good stock car race on a hot summer evening, cheering on his brother and nephews. As Ken’s health waned, he appreciated the support of friends, family, and the community. He was surrounded by joyful stories, good memories, and so much care and comfort. Ken is survived by his wife Beth; children and grandchildren and their spouses , Paula and Ryan (Leah and Sarah) Carlson of Grand Island, Colleen Svoboda and George (Maximus and Lilyana) Parker of Lincoln, Kim and James Watson of Lincoln, Kay and Cody (Hannah and Owen) Taylor of Muscatine, Iowa, Chuck and Ashley Svoboda of St. Paul, and Chris and Kayla Svoboda of St. Paul; mother Anita Svoboda of David City; and siblings Carol (Mike) Svatora of Newark, OH, Patty (Mike) Egger of Martell, Marilyn (Bruce) Schmit of Bellwood, Tom (Deb) Svoboda of David City, Ron Svoboda of York, Sharon (Ron) DeWispelare of David City, and Diane (Tim) Kozisek of David City. Ken’s father Leander and nephew Tad DeWispelare preceded him in death. In lieu of memorials, Ken’s family encourages you to invest in your own health by getting screened for colorectal cancer according to recommended guidelines (especially you farmers around age 50). Memorials are also welcome and may be given to the family for later designation.

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Sending Sympathy and Prayers to the Family Rest in Peace Ken. . Gary and Irene Walker'

Gary D Walker Dec 22 2019 5:51 PM

From Ted Koehn First of all my sympathy to Beth, her family and Ken's brothers and sisters who have all lost a special loved one. One of my lasting memories of Ken will be the last time I called him to see how he was doing. I had heard he was going through some difficult physical problems and from what I heard I expected him to be sitting in a recliner taking it easy. When he answered the phone and after we had talked awhile he let me know he was driving a cattle truck home from Grand Island. He never gave up on the things he loved to do. Whenever I start facing life's difficult times I will think of Ken and how he handled things. If you look at the face on this web page you can't help but see the determination on his face. God rest his soul.

Ted Koehn Dec 19 2019 11:31 AM

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Emily Dec 18 2019 9:44 AM

Thinking of you and your family during this time. I am so very sorry for your loss and will keep Uncle Kenny and all of you in my prayers.

Emily Dec 18 2019 9:42 AM

I remember Kenny as a good athlete, a quiet and soft spoken man with always a contagious smile... Godspeed my friend. -R Wright.

R Wright Dec 17 2019 7:28 PM

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Marilyn Kobza Dec 17 2019 7:24 PM

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Lynn and Liz Ostermeier Dec 17 2019 7:21 PM

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Norma Peters Dec 16 2019 4:13 PM

I am so sorry to hear of this loss. As a classmate of Kay and a clarinet player with Colleen I can't imagine the greif you all are facing in this time. I am praying for you all :pray::heart::pray::heart:

Emily (Gabriel) Desauguste Dec 16 2019 12:14 PM

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