Darrell E. Vondrak
A Memorial Visitation for Darrell E. Vondrak of Sioux City, will take place Thursday, April 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary at 4 p.m. at the Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City, IA. Darrel passed away on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Holy Spirit Retirement Home following a courageous twelve year battle with Parkinson’s disease after having twice survived kidney cancer he was 75.
Darrell was born the son of Francis and Marguerite (Lamoureux) Vondrak on October 14, 1942 in Sioux City, Iowa. He attended St. Michael’s school in Leeds and graduated from Heelan High School in 1961. He served in both the Iowa Air National Guard and the Army National Guard with his primary unit being the 185th Tactical Fighter Group. He later attended Upper Iowa University and the University of Minnesota where he earned a degree in Healthcare Administration.
Darrell married Susan Culver on November 25, 1967 in Sioux City.
He was the administrator of Manning General Hospital from 1974 to 1984, CEO of Palo Alto County Hospital from 1984 to 2005 in Emmetsburg, Iowa, and CEO of Decatur County Hospital in Leon, Iowa from 2005 until his retirement in 2009. Following his retirement, he moved to Sioux City where he lived until his death.
He was a member of Rotary Club and the Iowa Hospital Association.
Darrell enjoyed horses and working on his acreage. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and taking them to get coffee and donuts.
Darrell is survived by his son, Jeff Vondrak of LeMars and his children, Chase, Hailey, Hunter, and Taylor; son, Steve Vondrak and his wife, Mary of San Clemente, California and their son, Stone; daughter, Kerry Knudsen of Osage, Iowa and her children Mia and Max; wife Susan Vondrak, who was his wife of forty two years and then his devoted caretaker throughout his illness;brother Lynn Vondrak of North Sioux City, South Dakota; sister, Jolene Siedelmann and her husband Greg of Omaha, Nebraska; two sisters-in-law, Iveta Kerber of Emmetsburg, Iowa and Judy Vondrak of Galva, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Arley and Ron Vondrak; infant brother Larry; and sister-in-law, Jane Vondrak.
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