Funeral services for Harlan Vedral were held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gregory with Father Jonathan Dillon celebrant.
Music was provided by Geoff Smith and St. Joseph’s choir, accompanied by Mary Beth Gergen, pianist. Lectors were Michael Vedral and Matt Dvorak and altar servers were Eli Ekroth and Ryler Stevicks. Gift bearers were Dennis Vedral, Steven Vedral and William Jonas III. Tracy (Vedral) Dvorak and Katie Vedral were in charge of registration and flower attendants were Denice (Jonas) Umbarger, Denita (Jonas) Snyder and Julie (Jonas) Hartung.
Casket bearers were Michael Vedral, Spencer Jon Vedral Mark Vedral, Steven Vedral, Daniel Vedral, William Jonas III, Matt Frank and Cal Messick. Honorary casket bearers were Dr. Donald F. Vedral, James Vedral, David Vedral, Stanley and Elma Chocholousek, Alvin Pesek, Terry Halva, Linda Svoboda, Don Smith, Doug Lindquist, Mick Borszich and Harlan’s coffee buddies.
Interment was in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Gregory. Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Harlan Joseph Vedral was born August 27, 1931 on the family farm north of Gregory. He was the second of four children born to James and Emma (Chocholousek) Vedral. Harlan attended the Halva Country School for eight years.
Harlan farmed with his father and older brother Melvin. He continued living on the home place with his mother and Uncle Jerry Vedral after his father, James passed in 1965. Harlan loved farming. He was dedicated to the color “red”: Case IH and International equipment were all he would use. He never owned a vehicle that was NOT a Dodge, preferably red.
In 2007 he stopped farming full time for himself and became an appreciated combiner and baler for nephew, Dennis Vedral. In later years he graduated to the always needed field-to-field equipment mover and crop inspector. His slow moving red pickup was always a welcome sight at the farm.
Harlan enjoyed reading and visiting. He would talk about current events, cross country car trips to Texas, Florida, Wyoming and Montana. Harlan loved hunting, especially his elk trips. He always played pitch after holiday dinners and enjoyed visiting with family.
In his later years he enjoyed Sunday breakfast trips with his buddies, coffee at the bowling alley, a few trips to the casino, and, of course, the races - be it lawnmowers or cars. Harlan was a good friend to many.
Harlan is survived by his younger brother, Dr. Donald F. Vedral, Dallas, TX, sister-in-law, Glorianne Bergman, Dallas, TX, and many nephews, nieces, great nieces and nephews and many friends and neighbors
He was preceded in death by all maternal and paternal grandparents, parents - James and Emma Vedral, older brother Melvin and wife Caroline Vedral, younger sister Norma and husband William Jonas II.