Dale John Jerabek, age 64, of Silver Lake, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017, at his home, of a massive heart attack. Dale was an organ donor; his eyes and skin tissue will be used for transplants and research.
He was born Nov. 16, 1952, in Silver Lake, to Harry and Pearl (Just) Jerabek.
He grew up in Silver Lake, and attended Silver Lake Public School through 12th grade.
Dale was baptized and confirmed at the Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake, where he remained a faithful member.
Dale worked at Green Giant Co., Lester’s Inc., Overhead Door Co., and part time at 3M Co., until he found his niche when he and Doris bought the grocery store/meat market, known as Jerabek’s Market in Silver Lake.
Dale was proud of his famous smoked sausages, which drew customers who traveled from miles away. He also worked hard to please all of his loyal venison customers, for all of the 28 years the meat market was open.
Dale also went to school for taxidermy and had his business for 10 years.
He married Doris Shimanski July 14, 1972. They were blessed with two children, Kimberly and Jesse; and further blessed with five grandchildren.
Dale loved nature and the outdoors. He kept his best buddy, “Chocko,” with him wherever he went; Chocko was one of the family. Dale liked trapping, fishing, and hunting ducks, deer, and bear.
Dale and Doris liked to travel, mostly on hunting trips and road trips out West. Dale enjoyed feeding squirrels and birds in the back yard, and taking care of his garden and yard.
Recently, Dale and Doris purchased the Lakeside Manor Apartments in Silver Lake. This was the last leg of his retirement, to take care of the apartments.
Dale was preceded in death by his father, Harry Jerabek; step-father, Al Branden; mother-in-law, Dolores Shimanski; brother-in-law, Frank Hlavka; grandparents; and uncles and aunts.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Jerabek; daughter, Kim Ziermann (friend, Todd); son, Jesse and Alissa (Martin) Jerabek; grandchildren Jordan Ziermann, Jerika Ziermann, Aubrianna Jerabek, Ethan Jerabek, and Jaxon Jerabek; mother Pearl Branden; sister Sandy Jerabek; and brother-in-law Rick Gonzalaz.
Dale is further survived by nieces Erika and Shelby Gonzalaz; in-laws Simon Shimanski, Genny and Roger Lhotka, Gladys and Mike Carter, Bob and Sue Shimanski, Ron and Mitzi Shimanski, Therese Hlavka, and John and Rosie Shimanski; uncles and aunts, Art and Luverna Just, Donny and Harriet Otto, and Clardell Jerabek; and many cousins.
A memorial service took place Saturday, June 3, at 11 a.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake, following visitation at the church from 9 to 11 a.m., prior to the service.
Arrangements were with the Maresh Funeral Home of Silver Lake.