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Vencil Joseph Hotek
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Birth: Jan. 1, 1896
Otho
Webster County
Iowa, USA
Death: Oct. 16, 1950
Fort Dodge
Webster County
Iowa, USA

"Death Comes to Vencil Hotek, 54"

Vencil J. Hotek, 54 years old, 505 Central Avenue, died suddenly on Monday, October 16, 1950. County Coroner Welch Laufersweiler said Mr. Hotek had been in ill health for several months, but said he was unable to state the cause or place of death.

A resident of Fort Dodge the past 10 years, Mr. Hotek had been employed by the Tobin Packing company.

He was born in Otho, and attended the schools there and Tobin Business College in Fort Dodge. He served in the navy (Seaman, 1st Class, with the U.S. N.R.F., Torpedo Station, Newport, RI.) in World War I, entering the service in June of 1917.

He was married first to Mary Tilton in Fort Dodge, Iowa on August 18, 1920. She filed for divorce, charging cruel and inhuman treatment, and sought custody of three minor daughters; Bonnie Jean, Donna Faye, and Eva Lou.
He then married Zola V. Ward-Dutcher March 2, 1942 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife, Zola, and six daughters, Arlene and Darlene, twins; Bobbie Jo, Mrs. Curtis Schill and Mrs Richard Stalnaker who live in Texas, and Mrs. Neil Strutzenberg of Knierim.

Also surviving are three step children, Ernest Dutcher of this city, Pfc. James Dutcher of Fort Lewis, Washington, and Miss Vera Dutcher of Lehigh; his father, Josef Hotek of this city; two brothers, S.T. Hotek of this city and Raymond Hotek of Otho, and four sisters, Miss Barbara Hotek, Mrs. Albina Dillman and Mrs. Gilbert Schurr of this city and Mrs. Frank Mort of San Diego, California, and a grandson.

His mother and two sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be at 2 pm Thursday at the Laufersweiler funeral home, and he was buried in the Bohemian Cemetery, Elkhorn Township, Webster County, Iowa. The American Legion will conduct military rites.

[Though the obit states that Vencil died "suddenly" and that the county coroner was unable to state the "cause or place of death" the family has always known that Vencil committed suicide in the city park in Fort Dodge. He drank poison (strychnine) and died on a park bench.] 
 
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 Parents:
  Josef Hotek (1863 - 1962)
  Frances M. Vinchattle Hotek (1866 - 1945)
 
 Spouses:
  Mary Tilton Hotek (1898 - 1984)*
  Zola Vera Ward Kinseth (1908 - 1996)*
 
 Children:
  Bonnie Jean Hotek Schill (1921 - 2006)*
  Eva Lou Hotek Telschaw (1932 - 1980)*
  Barbara Josephine Hotek Eldridge (1942 - 1999)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Barbara Hotek Dawson (1890 - 1945)*
  Josephine Hotek (1892 - 1902)*
  Barbara R Hotek (1893 - 1977)*
  Hannah Marie Hotek Schnurr (1895 - 1992)*
  Vencil Joseph Hotek (1896 - 1950)
  Sylvester Thomas Hotek (1898 - 1980)*
  Raymond R. Hotek (1903 - 1994)*
  Helen Hilda Hotek Mort (1905 - 2009)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Elkhorn Cemetery
Webster County
Iowa, USA
 
Maintained by: Jada
Originally Created by: Kimberly (Nims) Albrecht
Record added: Oct 10, 2007
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Vencil Joseph Hotek
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Vencil Joseph Hotek
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Vencil Joseph Hotek
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