Mark A. Novak

Mark A. Novak

April 12, 1953 – July 3, 2022

Preceded in death by parents, Leonard and Alice; sisters, Sharon and Mary.  Survived by wife, Vesta; children, Angie Lanoha (Chris), Scott and Matt; grandchildren: McKinnly, Rilyn, Taryn, Kylar, Dylan, Kailey, and Ashley; sisters and brothers: Nancy Evon (Nick), Marcia Linstrom (Bill), Tom (Janet), and Bill (Karen); nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, July 14, 2022, 11am at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church (15353 Pacific Street).  Private Interment.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for further advancement of prostate cancer research.


Mark Novak “Cowboy” age 69, passed away on July 3, 2022.  He was born on April 12, 1953 to Lenard and Alice Novak.  Mark graduated from Ryan High School in 1971.  He went on to work at Swifts Packing House, then to Union Pacific Rail Road and finally landing on being self-employed as a home repair man.  Working for over 40 years as “Mr. Fix It” his customers were always considered “Friends first”.

He and his wife, Vesta were united in marriage July 10, 1976 in Omaha, Nebraska.  This July 10th would have been their 46th  wedding anniversary.  They are proud parents of three children: Angie, Scott, and Matt.  Mark enjoyed spending time with his two sons hunting and fishing.  He was a patient and loving father who was always interested in what was going on in his kid’s lives.

Mark and Vesta are blessed with seven grandchildren: Dylan, Kailey, McKinnly, Rilyn, Taryn, Kylar, and Ashley.  As a proud grandfather, Mark loved to work in his garden with the kids, teaching them about picking vegetables and canning.  He also enjoyed spending time with them at his cabin, showing them how to catch all the big fish.

Mark had a great sense of humor and always had a big gentle smile.  He had lots compassion and empathy for others and was never too busy to help his friends. He was kind, humble, and could always tell a good story–especially when it came to fishing!

“And a voice came from heaven: you are my son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”



  • David Nelson Posted July 7, 2022 2:20 pm

    One of the nicest men I ever met and a fantastic neighbor. Everyone will miss him, but he is at peace and free of pain. That is the greatest blessing.

  • Janet Bell Posted July 7, 2022 6:23 pm

    I am going to greatly miss visiting with Mark over the back fence. He was a hard-working man who had the most fabulous vegetable gardens. Prayers and condolences to Vesta and the whole family.

  • Marian Perkins Posted July 8, 2022 7:35 am

    Going to miss Mark greatly. Always smiling and happy. Always willing to offer help and his hands were always busy. Weather it was work or play
    From gardening to canning. Cowboy, I couldn’t have asked for a better brother in law. Rest easy my friend

  • Frank Longo Posted July 8, 2022 7:09 pm

    Mark was a special person in every way. Talented, hard working, and a pleasure to be around. He helped me manage my properties for 30 plus years and always did it with a smile and positive attitude. Also gave me words of wisdom on any hunting or fishing question because he was an expert in both. Anything from his garden was a treat and a great story re the harvest that year. To Vesta and family, sorry for your loss and thankful for the time we spent w Mark over the years.

  • Bill Reida Posted July 10, 2022 12:44 pm

    Sincere regards

  • Bill Reida Posted July 10, 2022 12:50 pm

    Sincere regards to Vesta and family and also the Novak’s. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve ssen my good pal “Cowboy” but I cherish the memories of our younger years. And the escapades we all shared together. He was always one of my favorite people. Rest easy my friend… “Reno”

  • Adam Vacek Posted July 13, 2022 2:26 pm

    Prayers Go Out To Family And Friends So Sorry for Your Loss Mark was Mark He was Deffinately a Good Man,Father,Husband,Grandpa,Friend, and will be Missed but Never Forgotten..

  • Maria and John Moss Posted July 13, 2022 3:49 pm

    To Vesta and all the family. Sending our sincere condolences. Praying for Peace and Comfort for you all.

  • Mary Pape Posted July 13, 2022 4:00 pm

    Mark was my handyman for about 12 years. He did numerous projects at my house: plumbing, painting, faucet installation, stairwell railing installations, etc. He didn’t hesitate to meet every challenge and do a great job. We often spoke of common interests, gardening and canning. He spoke fondly of his family, described in detail the building of his cabin, and spoke with enthusiasm about his activities. Always pleasant, he has been irreplaceable. I think of him every time I use that staircase where he installed railings. My sympathy to his family. He was the greatest. Mary Pape

  • David Nelson Posted July 14, 2022 5:00 pm

    I apologize for not being at the funeral today. I was in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid and I did not want to add to the problem in a crowded service. I’m sure it was beautiful and meaningful to all who attended. Having lost my wife 9 years ago I deeply empathize with Vesta and all the family. May God’s peace be with you.

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