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Wallace Edward Sobotka was born March 14, 1931 in rural Washington Township, Ringgold County Iowa, the fifth child of Andrew Joseph and Eva Marie (Driskell) Sobotka. He was raised in the Bohemian settlement southeast of Diagonal and started school in a one room school called Star Center where he attended through eight grade. He went to high school in Diagonal, graduating in 1950. Wallace worked on the farm with his father and helped neighbors until his marriage to his high school friend, Patricia (Patty) Dowell, on December 16, 1951. They lived in Des Moines where he worked in Johnston and Des Moines driving a fuel truck for an oil company. Wallace was drafted into the service on February 29, 1952, serving in the Army during the Korean War. He was stationed in Missouri, Kansas and Maryland before being shipped to Germany in November of 1952. He returned to the states after 15 months, just in time for his daughter, Nancy’s, first birthday in February 1954. Wallace was honorably discharged on February 16, 1954.
Wallace and Patty bought a farm southwest of Diagonal after he returned from Germany. Together they raised hogs, Black Angus cattle and worked to improve the land. Their son, Steven, born in 1955, grew up being his dad’s helper.
Wallace was a member of the Diagonal Methodist Church, served on the ASC board for 10 years for Waubonsie Township and helped with the building of the Benton Community building but his proudest moments were watching his five grandchildren and later great-grandchildren grow up. He enjoyed attending their many activities in 4-H, FFA and school, but his favorite was watching their basketball games and watching them show cattle.
Wallace passed away December 4, 2020 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Eva (Driskell) Sobotka, his in-laws, Irvin and Edna (Perkins) Dowell, and his son-in-law, Rudy Saville. Also, his brothers, Elbert, Bernard and Charles Sobotka, and sister, Maxine Meyers. Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Carrol Strange, Bill Meyers, Darland McGinnis, Iven Dowell, Don Dowell, Dick and Marge (Dowell) Yashack, Don and Betty (Dowell) Trimble, Ralph and Mary (Dowell) Stevens, and nephew, Ronald Yashack.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 69 years, Patty (Dowell) Sobotka, daughter, Nancy Saville, and son, Steve (Cyndi) Sobotka. Five grandchildren, Mike Sobotka, Michelle (Bryan) Bradley, Bob (Jacque) Sobotka, Melissa Sobotka and Ashlee (Mike) Pruett. 13 great-grandchildren: Rachel and Eva Sobotka, Michaela and Nicholas Bradley, Elizabeth, Andrew, Jacob Wallace, Ronny and Leo Sobotka, Ally Waske and Rylee Miles and Alisha and Logan Lomax, and three step-great grandchildren, Taylor, Makaila and Michael Pruett.
He is also survived by his brother, Joe (Bernadine) Sobotka, sisters, Sheryl Strange and Margaret McGinnis, and sisters-in-law, Lynn Sobotka, Cawren Sobotka, Janis Sobotka Sabin and Evelyn Dowell. Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr is in charge of the arrangements.
Services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at the Bohemian Cemetery in Diagonal, IA.
Officiating was Pastor Bill Armstrong.
Music was “Grandpa, Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days”.
Casketbearers were Mike Sobotka, Bob Sobotka, Bryan Bradley, Colby Holmes, Russell Holmes and Greg Mobley.
Honorary pallbearers were Rachel Sobotka, Elizabeth Sobotka,  Eva Sobotka, Andrew Sobotka, Michaela Bradley, Jacob Sobotka. Nicholas Bradley, Ronny Sobotka, Ally Waske, Leo Sobotka,  Rylee Miles, Alisha Lomax and Logan Lomax.
Military Honors was by the Morris Herald Post 395 and the Iowa Army Honor Guard.
At rest at the Bohemian Cemetery in Diagonal, IA.
Memorials are to the Bohemian Cemetery and the Ringgold County Public Health.

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