|Wallace Ptacek, 79|
|Written by TRF Times|
Thief River Falls - Wallace Ptacek, 79, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011 while shoveling snow at his home in Thief River Falls.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 19 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, with Rev. John Wollenzien officiating. Casket bearers included Chenney Hruby, Richard Hruby, Mike Hruby, James Matson, Steve Bjerken and Richard Kjensrud. Interment was held at Greenwood Cemetery, Thief River Falls.
Wallace Melvin Ptacek was born on Aug. 5, 1932 to Albert and Mary (Hruby) Ptacek in Thief River Falls. He grew up in Silverton Township east of Thief River Falls. He attended school in Thief River Falls and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1950. After graduating, he lived on the farm with his parents and helped run the farm. He worked for Pennington County Road Department for a few years and then worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation for over 30 years working road construction in the summer and driving snow plow through the winter. He retired in 1998. Since Walmart in Thief River Falls opened, Wally has worked as a Walmart greeter.
Wally enjoyed traveling around the country side taking in the scenery. It was important for him to keep watch over the fields. In the summer time he would be seen searching through rummage sales. He served in the Minnesota Army National Guard in the mid-1950s. He was a kind man, who worked all of his life to make an honest day’s pay. He watched out for his sister Louise and helped her daily.
He is survived by one sister Louise Breznay, Thief River Falls, and brother Harold (Ione) Ptacek, Babbitt, nieces and nephews: Eugene (Karla) Ptacek, Alexandria, Gary Housker, Thief River Falls, Ernest (Sheri) Breznay, Detroit Lakes, Marie Breznay, Thief River Falls, Wayne (Noi) Ptacek, Fairbanks, Alaska, Renee (Frank) Stemper, Becker, Dennis (Becky) Ptacek, Thief River Falls, Wanda (Lew) Wood, Fairbanks, Alaska, Brad Ptacek, Minneapolis, Denise (Jeff) Cordell, Ore., and Brett Ptacek, Minneapolis; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Raymond, Archie, niece Margie Housker. A00003B2011NV23