Charles J. “Chuck” Novacek

Charles J. “Chuck” Novacek – Age 93 Years

March 19, 1930 – July 16, 2023

Chuck was born in Dwight, Nebraska to Charles A. and Florence Novacek. He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 61 years, Mary Lou (Lavicky); brother, Gilbert. He is survived by his three children: Dale (Lori) Novacek, Kay (Greg) Barmettler, and Alan Novacek; eight grandchildren: Beth (Novacek) Carr, Brian Novacek, Kimberly and Nicolle Barmettler, and Taylor, Carly, Lauren, and Willow Novacek; four great-grandchildren: June Carr, Georgia Carr, Charlie Novacek, and Nora Novacek; brother, Jerome (Doreen) Novacek; sister, Connie Hotovy.

He received his schooling at Dwight Assumption grade school and high school, graduating with the class of 1948. After two years of college, he entered the Army on January 7, 1951. He served 3 years as a sergeant with the Army headquarters unit near Stuttgart, Germany. He was discharged on December 22, 1953. Chuck was a member of the American Legion Post 110 in Dwight, Nebraska.

In January 1954, he began a 34-year career with Ford Motor Co in their Omaha district sales office. He held many positions in the field and in the office. In a downsizing move the district office was closed in March of 1988. In retirement, Chuck worked 25 years as a volunteer at Bergan Mercy Medical Center.

On April 7, 1956, Chuck was married to Mary Lou Lavicky at Assumption Catholic Church in Dwight, Nebraska. Chuck and Mary Lou enjoyed family get togethers, travel, playing cards, dining out, golf and more. Chuck and Mary Lou were original parishioners and members of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church for 52 years.

Chuck was an avid golfer and was in charge of a senior golf league for 20+ years. He made many lasting friendships with members in the league and through other golf outings in the area. His favorite sports teams were Nebraska, Creighton, and his beloved St. Louis Cardinals. In early 2017, Chuck and Mary Lou spent 4 months in an assisted living facility. Then Mary Lou transferred to a skilled care facility and Chuck moved into a retirement community primarily because of his failing eyesight. Chuck enjoyed spending time with his many friends, and he was fully devoted to Mary Lou and his family. He would often comment, “God is good, Life is good.”

Visitation: Sunday, 1:00 pm with a Wake Service: 3:00pm all at West Center Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, 10:00 am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Dr. Interment Omaha National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Vincent de Paul Church, St. Joan of Arc Church, or the family. 



  • Yolanda Flores Posted July 18, 2023 1:26 pm

    Dale and Family, my most sincere condolences on the loss of Chuck. May the memories you have of him bring you solace now and forever. My prayers continue to be with you and your family.

  • STEPHEN TYLER Posted July 21, 2023 7:38 pm

    Sorry at your loss. Jill and I could not have asked for better neighbors.

  • Laura Burianek – Gilliland Posted July 21, 2023 8:19 pm

    Kay and family,
    May all the wonderful memories get you through this different time❣️

  • Desiree Burke Posted July 23, 2023 7:58 pm

    Al , Amy, and family hold dear all the memories you were gifted . Each one is a precious commodity.. Blessings and love to a wonderful man who left behind a beautiful family to share with the world.

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