Obituary Daniel Veselka
- Waco Tribune-Herald
April 30, 2008
Daniel Joseph Veselka, 56, of Lorena passed away peacefully in his sleep
next to his soul-mate Nancy Veselka, Monday April 28, 2008 at their home.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 pm Wed. April 30 at Oakcrest Funeral Home, 4520
Bosque Blvd. with a brief rosary service at 6:30 pm led by Msgr. Mark
Deering. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 am Thursday May 1,
at St. Mary's Catholic Church of the Assumption, 1401 Washington Ave., Waco,
with Msgr Mark Deering as celebrant. Burial will follow at Oakwood
Cemetery. A slide show honoring his life can be viewed during the
visitation or on-line at www.oakcrestwaco.com
Daniel was born Nov. 7, 1951, in Waco, one of five children and son of Louis
and Martha (Rejcek) Veselka. He graduated from Reicher High School, Class
of 1971. While a sophomore in high school, Daniel started working for Reddy
Ice, and by the age of 21, he became the youngest manager in the Southland
Corporation while residing in Duncanville, Texas.
After a successful career with Southland Corp., he then moved his family
back to Waco and purchased Holiday Ice from his mentor Ennis Boyette, in the
fall of 1981. Later, in 1996, Daniel retired from the ice business and
worked in the antique and retail sales as well as estate sales until 2003.
He was then employed at the Federal Detention Center. Due to Daniel's
ever-present work ethic, he quickly moved up in rank to administrative
lieutenant and became a TCLEOSE certified instructor.
Though Daniel accomplished much in the business world, to him his greatest
accomplishments in life were marrying his high-school sweetheart, Nancy C.
Haake, Aug 12, 1972, and the births of their two children: son, Christian
Joseph Veselka June 22 1973, and daughter, Angela Marie Veselka Feb. 12,
1975. Always a family man, Daniel received great joy in the birth of his
grandson Daniel Mitchell Veselka "LD", who was always the sparkle in his
eye. The Veselka are long-time members of St. Louis catholic Church.
Devout Christian, husband, father, friend, Daniel had profound respect for
the world around him. Daniel was a man among men whose strengths and
talents will ever be present through his friends and family. For the man
who never knew a stranger and was respected by all that knew him, Daniel
will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Nancy
Veselka; son, Christian Veselka and wife Renee and their son Daniel Veselka;
daughter, Angela and husband Jonathan Golding; mother-in-law, Billie Haake;
brothers, Ronnie Veselka and wife Cathy and Kenneth Veselka and wife Connie;
sisters, Cecelia Haferkamp and husband Doug and Margie Veselka; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Joe Davis, Gary Crawford, Clayton Allison, Randy
Allison, Jeremy Veselka, Israel Veselka, Mark Veselka, Nicholas Haferkamp
and Daniel's grandson, LD.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or Bluebonnet Hospice, 1105
Wooded Acres, Suite 270, Waco, 76710.
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