Edward Ondrashek, 86, of Spillville, IA, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at the Evans Memorial Home in Cresco. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Spillville, with Rev. Donald Hawes officiating. Lectors were Christa Taylor and Lori Denton. Offertory gift bearers were Dave Ondrashek, Bill Ondrashek and Betty Stanley. Organist was Karen Holthaus. St. Wenceslaus Choir sang and soloist was Cindy Schissel. Hymns were “Rest Now In Me,” “Here I am Lord,” “Prayer of St Francis,” “On Eagles Wings,” “Going Home” and “How Great Thou Art.” Eucharistic ministers were Rosemary Kriener and Agnes Soukup. Honorary casket bearers were Edward’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Casket bearers were Bill Ondrashek, Jr., Brian Ondrashek, Mark Ondrashek, Jonathan Ondrashek, Joe Taylor and Desmond Denton. Military rites at graveside were by Tri-County American Legion No. 605 of Protivin. Interment was at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery in Spillville. Arrangements were handled by Balik Funeral Home in Spillville.

Edward William Ondrashek was born Nov. 12, 1927, in rural Fort Atkinson, the son of William and Stella (Pavlovec) Ondrashek. Ed attended country school. He was inducted into the US Army April 12, 1946, and received his basic training at North Camp Polk, La.; he then attended General Hospital Training in Denver, Colo. and surgical technician training at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. Then he was transferred to Fort Custer, Mich., Hospital and served until Aug., 1947. Ed was united in marriage to Anna Hageman May 24, 1949, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Calmar. Together they farmed southwest of Spillville until 1975, when they moved to Fort Atkinson. In 1987, they bought their home in Spillville, and moved there. They enjoyed driving out in the country to view the crops, playing cards and traveling. He also enjoyed listening and dancing to old time music. Ed was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Tri-County American Legion No. 605 in Protivin and the Knights of Columbus in Protivin. 

Edward is survived by one daughter, Betty (Nicholas) Stanley, Tempe, Ariz.; two sons, William “Bill” (Tammy Mahr) Ondrashek, Protivin and Dave (Sue) Ondrashek, Ft. Atkinson; 11 grandchildren: Bill (Melanie) Ondrashek Jr., Michelle Sutch, Jon (Cori) Ondrashek, Jennifer Ondrashek, Heather (Brian) Heying-Hunt, Adam Heying, Peter Heying, Christa (Joe) Taylor, Brian (Nicole) Ondrashek, Lori (Desmond) Denton and Mark (Andrea) Ondrashek; 19 great-grandchildren: Tyler Kobliska, Catlin Ondrashek, Kyan Sutch, Kierysten Sutch, Hanna Hunt, Joseph Ondrashek, Saundra Ondrashek, Maysa Ondrashek, Tracy, Tiffany, Felicity, Zach and Kayley Taylor, Madisen, Dayten, Annisten and Lauren Ondrashek, Tommy and Michala Denton; five great-great-grandchildren: Ella, Claire and Carver Leistikow and KingSton and Tiarra Taylor; one sister, Dorothy Neuzil, Spillville; brothers- and sisters-in-law: Paul (Colleen) Hageman, Decorah, Catherine Ott, Ossian, Rose (Linus) Tupy, Fort Atkinson, Martha (Ed) Mikota, Ossian, Lucy Hageman, Ossian, Gertrude Hageman, Calmar, Nancy Ondrashek, Fort Atkinson; Therese Koudelka’s children: Anna (Darrin) Schmauss, Jeff (Jenny) Koudelka and Angie (Kevin Depuy) Koudelka and their children.

Edward was preceded in death by his wife, Anna; one daughter, Diane Ondrashek; one son, Edward Ondrashek, Jr., both in infancy; one great-great-grandchild, Michael Joseph Leistikow; parents, William and Stella (Pavlovec) Ondrashek; brother, Donald Ondrashek; sister, Agnes (Jerome) Shindelar; brothers-in-law: Arnold Hageman, Conrad Hageman, Leo Ott and August Neuzil; Adeline and Art Mihm; friend, Therese Koudelka.