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William "Willie" Francis Shonka

October 19, 1938 ~ December 6, 2020 (age 82)

Obituary

William “Willie” Shonka of Gresham, Nebraska was born on October 19, 1938 to Ernest and Agnes (Hajek) Shonka in Surprise, Nebraska.  He attended high school in Ulysses, Nebraska graduating in 1955.  He served in the United States Army from December 13, 1961 to September 13, 1963.  On May 6, 1961, Willie was united in marriage to Agnes “Aggie” Fuxa in Dwight, Nebraska.  He farmed his entire life.  He was a member of David City Knights of Columbus Council #1717 and served on the Coop and Church Boards.  He was a past president of Ulysses Alumni.  In his free time he loved being outside working in the vegetable and flower gardens.  He loved trees and planted many varieties on the farm.  He was always in the shop working on or creating something.  He was an avid Husker sports fan.  He had a love for cattle, his dog Otis, and enjoyed going on drives with his wife to see the countryside.  Willie passed away on December 6, 2020 in Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of 82.  He is survived by his wife, Aggie Shonka, Gresham, Nebraska; children, Lori (Ron) Hanway, Lincoln, Nebraska, Mark Shonka, Surprise, Nebraska, Kelly (Eric) Anderson, Ceresco, Nebraska; grandchildren, Taylor Hanway, Kaylee Hanway (fiancée, Tate Schutt), Macie Hanway; brother, Ernie (Doris) Shonka, Surprise, Nebraska; sisters, Marilyn (Jimmy) Chmelka, Valparaiso, Nebraska, Betty (Alvin) Wellman, Bellwood, Nebraska, Dee Stuhr, Bellwood, Nebraska.  Willie was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Agnes Shonka; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Thomas and Adelaine Fuxa; sister-in-law, Sally (Fuxa) Juranek; brothers-in-law, Jim Fuxa, Tony Stuhr, Mike Birkel.

Casket bearers:  Taylor Hanway, Terry Chmelka, Randy Chmelka, Scott Birkel, Gregg Shonka, Brian Stuhr, Gary Juranek, Steve Fuxa, Dave Reznicek, Kurt Wynegar 

FULL MILITARY HONORS - DWIGHT AMERICAN LEGION POST #110

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
December 9, 2020

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Volzke Funeral Home
147 Main Street
Seward, NE 68434

Rosary
Wednesday
December 9, 2020

6:30 PM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
215 S 6th
Ulysses, NE 68669

Funeral Mass
Thursday
December 10, 2020

10:00 AM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
215 S 6th
Ulysses, NE 68669

Committal
Thursday
December 10, 2020

St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery
Rural
Ulysses, NE 68669

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