Allen J. Pecka, 91, of Wilber, Nebraska, passed away April 21, 2021, at the Tabitha Skilled Care Facility in Crete.
He was born Jan. 25, 1930, to Robert F. and Albie S. (Kubicek) Pecka. He married Shirley A. Teet on Nov. 12, 1961, in the Swanton Methodist Church in Swanton. Al attended Bertwell School District #9 through eighth grade and graduated from Wilber Public School with the Class of 1947. Al grew up on a farm west and north of Wilber. He was a farmer and mechanic and from 1959–1964, he worked at the Mobil Gas Station in Wilber. On June 1, 1965, he opened his own business known as “Al’s Repair.” He could work on almost anything with a motor and make it run. In later years, he worked mostly on lawn mowers and small engines until retirement at age 80. He liked to go pheasant hunting. He enjoyed country western and Czech music. His hobbies were gardening, flowers, having a “weed free” lawn and doing some woodworking. He also enjoyed our many vacation trips, especially to Las Vegas, Hawaii and Washington D.C. He collected ’57 Chevy cars from the Danbury Mint Company. Al is a member of the Nebraska Czechs of Wilber and received the Knights of Blanik Award and of course enjoyed Czech Days. He could speak the Czech language very fluently.
Al is survived by his loving wife, Shirley, of 59 years and Dolly (his miniature dachshund); sister-in-law, Betty Pecka; nephew, Gerald Pecka; nieces, Jeanette Pearson and Donna Whemhoff, Deanna Sand (like a daughter) and her husband Richard Sand; brother-in-law, Alfred Teet and his wife, Adele. He was “Grandpa Al” to Justin, Tiffany, Jaxson and Freya Sand and Logan Sand and Ranell Sand; nephews, Tim Busboom, Todd Busboom, Max Busboom, Mark Busboom, Chris Teet, Dan Teet, Bob Teet, Gerry Teet, Randy Teet and Greg Teet; and also many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert L. Pecka; in-laws, Clarence and Esther Teet; sister-in-law, Alberta Busboom and her husband, Eldon; and brother-in-law, Albert Teet. He will be missed by his family and many friends.
A funeral service was April 24. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested in care of the family for future designation. Condolences may be left for the family at www.kunclfh.com.