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William “Billy” J. Novak

William “Billy” J. Novak, 86, of Ely, died in the house he was born in on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. Celebration of Life services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at St. John Lutheran Church, in Ely. Burial followed in Roger’s Grove Cemetery. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids.
Novak was born Dec. 30, 1930, in rural Ely, the son of William and Emma Bertha (Vornholt) Novak. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1949. He honorably served his country in the Army National Guard. Novak married Irene Klouda on Oct. 14, 1954. He farmed near Ely for many years, retiring in 1996, and also worked at Wilson’s for 16 years. He was a member of Town and Country, CR Coin Club, Ely Odd Fellows Lodge and the Two Cylinder Club. Billy also was a trustee for Putnam Township for many years. He enjoyed collecting antiques, going for local drives, going on tractorcades and traveling. Above all, he loved spending time with family.
Novak is survived by his wife, Irene; his children, Rose (Mike) Dunham of Swisher, Sherry Novak of Rosemead, California, William J. (Sheryl) Novak of Ely, Judy Franks of Mount Vernon, Nancy (Dan) Schmuecker of Luzerne and Dan (Kim) Novak of Ely; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother, Edward (Joan) Novak of Alamo, Texas; and his beloved dog, Barney.
He was preceded in death by his parents and great-grandson, Gabriel Kline.
Memorials may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church in Ely or Hospice of Mercy. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at Brosh Chapel’s website .