THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Stanley J. Horak
Issue Date: December 14, 2017
Stanley James Horak, 70, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away from pancreatic cancer on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at his home surrounded by family.
Born Jan. 16, 1947 in Kewaunee, to the late Stanley Sr. and Donna (Magle) Horak, he graduated from Kewaunee High School in 1965.
He worked at Kewaunee Bottling with his dad in earlier years. He served in the United States Navy from 1966-1970 in the Riverine Forces on the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War. After an honorable discharge, he worked at Frito-Lay for 30 years as route salesman for Door and Kewaunee Counties. He was awarded top salesman of the year in his division and given a trip to St. Marten along with other salesmen from around the country. He met and remained friends with many of his customers. He retired from Frito-Lay 14 years ago in 2000, one month before his first great-grandson, Bradly was born.
He did anything for his family and friends and never wanted anything in return. After retirement, he helped out at DeJardin Cleaners in Sturgeon Bay for his step-daughter, Lori DeJardin until his health began to fail one year ago.
On Aug. 29, 1987, he married Patricia LeFevre on Mackinaw Island, Mi. and they were together for 30 years. A devoted, faithful husband, together they enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Hawaii and Europe.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia of 30 years; four step-children, Luanne (special friend, Cindy) LaViolette of Green Bay, Lisa (Rick) Kidney of Kentucky, Lori DeJardin of Sturgeon Bay and Les (Tammy) LaViolette of Reedsville; six step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sandi (Larry) Aerts of Denmark and Mary (Joy) Wessley of Menominee, Mi.; a brother, Gary Horak of Pensicola, Fla.; niece and Goddaughter, Donna Horak of Green Bay; two brothers-in-law, Dennis (Barb) LeFevre of Sturgeon Bay and David LeFevre of China and many nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his in-laws, Norman and Irene LeFevre; a brother-in-law, Ron LeFevre; aunts; uncles and cousins.
Friends called at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Friday evening, Dec. 8 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continued on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. until time of a Memorial Massat 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with Fr. Robert Stegmann officiating. Military honors followed at the church with burial in Holy Name of Mary Catholic Cemetery in Maplewood. Memorials can be made in his memory to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Center at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.