Raymond Woracek, 81

Raymond James Woracek of Sargent passed away May 6, 2014, at Bryan Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.Services will be held in Sargent at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with the Rev. Hunt officiating. Interment will be at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.Funeral arrangements are being made by Rhoad Funeral Home 308-527-3625. Raymond James Woracek was born Oct. 3, 1932, in Sargent, to James Woracek and Mary (Brim) Woracek. He attended grade school at the Round Valley School House and high school at Sargent Public High School. Ray served his country during the time of the Korean War. He finished his basic training at Camp Chaffee, Ark. The armistice was signed two days after he arrived in Arkansas. As a Private 1st class, he went for peace keeping on the front lines. He saw parts of Japan and Asia during his 18 month tour of duty in the United States Army.He returned from his military service to help on the family farm south west of Sargent.During a very dry year he sought work in Omaha. He stayed with his Uncle Joe and Aunt Helen Woracek in the Millard area, while working at Armors and Wilsons packing houses and Storz’s and Falstaff breweries. On many weekends he would drive his ’54 Mercury back to Sargent to help on the family farm. He met his future wife, Clara Ann Windels, at a dance at Sokol Hall in Omaha. He married Clara August 17, 1957, at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Omaha. In the mid-sixties, he returned to the Custer County area, living in Sargent, Arnold and Callaway, before buying his father’s farm in 1971 when James retired. After that time, Ray grew alfalfa, corn, wheat, soybeans, milo and sunflowers. He also did custom farming for other farms in the area, cutting and baling hay. And he drove a semi-truck for a time delivering his own hay crop and working for L & L Transport in Sargent and Cherry Trucking in Ansley. Since his wife’s death March 12, 2007, Ray moved from his farm in Sargent, to first Ord, and then to Broken Bow. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary (Brim) Woracek; brother, Alvin Woracek; father, James Woracek; son, Richard Woracek; granddaughter, Jessica Lynn Shipp; grandson Michael James Walker; and wife, Clara Ann (Windels) Woracek. Survivors include: daughter, Sandra Kay (Woracek) Yeokum and son-in-law, Steve Yeokum, of Eldon, Mo.; son, Jerry Lee Woracek and his fiancée Amy Marie Brodersen of Bellevue; daughter-in- law, Jolea Woracek of Broken Bow; granddaughters, Tiffany Ann (Walker) Martin and Dusty Martin of Gillette, Wyo., and Samantha Rae Woracek and her Fiancée Kevin Peatrowsky of Omaha; grandsons, Brandon James Woracek of Albuquerque, N.M., David Martin Brodersen of Bellevue, and Ryan Jason Yeokum and Jyoka Yeokum of California, Mo.; three great-granddaughters, Skylynn, Lexey and Kyleigh Martin of Gillette, Wyo.; one great-grandson, Spencer Chase Yeokum, of California, Mo.