Joseph “Joe” Nesladek
Funeral services were held for Joseph F. “Joe” Nesladek, 76, of Chamberlain, Saturday, October 29, at St. James Catholic Church in Chamberlain with burial in the Riverview Cemetery at Chamberlain. Joseph Frank Nesladek was born in Chamberlain, SD on February 3, 1940 to Frank and Julia (Macha) Nesladek of Pukwana. He spent the first six years of his life on the farm south of Pukwana in Richland Township and in 1946, the family moved into Pukwana. He faithfully served as an altar boy at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Joe graduated from Pukwana High School in 1960 and he was also the Homecoming King. Following high school, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army serving in Germany from 1960 until 1963 where he learned the trade of mechanics. In July 1966, he received his Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army. On May 21, 1966, Joe was united in marriage to Colleen Johnson at St. James Catholic Church in Chamberlain. To this union, five children were born Mark, Tina, Jonathan, James, and Jolene. Joe worked on the Big Bend Dam Project and also on the Interstate Project. He was employed at the Chamberlain Ford as a mechanic and later at United Auto Parts in Chamberlain until 1986 when he opened his own shop known as Joe’s Automotive Machine Shop. In 2014, Joe retired from the shop. Joe enjoyed stock car races, lawn mower races and high school boys basketball and also built motors for his nephew’s race car. He loved when his grandchildren would come to visit. He enjoyed doing yard and garden work and was very proud of his yard. Listening to polka music, watching Polka Party on TV, and attending Czech Days in Tabor each year were some of Joe’s favorite activities. He served as chairman of the Chamberlain City Planning Commission and was an honorary member of the Chamberlain Knights of Columbus Council. Joe was a member of St. James Catholic Church and served as an usher for several years. Joe passed away on October 25, 2016 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls at the age of 76 years. Gratefully sharing his life are his five children Mark Nesladek of Chamberlain, Tina (Richard) Kirkpatrick of Oacoma, Jonathan (Joette) Nesladek of Pierre, James (Jeni) Nesladek of Pukwana, and Jolene Thayer (Travis Callaway) of Winner; seven grandchildren Garrett (Chelsea) Kirkpatrick, Brittni Kirkpatrick, Spencer Kirkpatrick, Tate Nesladek, Sadie Nesladek, Jozey Nesladek, and Mallory Thayer; a half-sister Mavis Ryan of Billings, MT; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife Colleen, a half brother Edward Mareska, two half sisters Judy Havlik and Helen Gartner, and a son-in-law Kevin Thayer. In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.