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Carol "Ossie" Sobotka

Carol Wayne Sobotka, better known as Oss, was born on November 25, 1935 in Creston, Iowa to Otto and Albena (Jezek) Sobotka and passed away August 28, 2014. Oss graduated from Diagonal Community School in 1953, and in the fall he enlisted in the service and spent part of his tour of duty in Japan during the Korean Conflict. Oss often told "interesting" stories from these years.
On February 11, 1956, Carol married Arlene (Butt). Their life together began in Des Moines where they lived for four years. During this time, Randall Wayne and Gary Lee were born. In 1960, Oss and Arlene returned to Diagonal to farm the homeplace. Pamela Rae and Shelly Lynn soon joined the family followed later by Douglas James.
The Iowa State Fair was an annual event that Oss loved. He and the "Diagonal gang" would head to the hill for a few days of fun. Another of Oss's favorite past times was tractor pulling, and this love was passed down to his children and grandchildren.
Oss had a strong sense of community. Working to make it better was always a priority to him. In the early 90s he, along with several other community members, had a vision to construct a lake at Diagonal. After years of hard work Fogle Lake became a reality. Another organization important to Oss was the Diagonal Lions. He was a 45-year member and served in many capacities. He was also a member of the Morris-Herrold Legion Post #395, Calf Club, and nine-year member of the Ringgold County Fair Board. For many years Oss could be found setting up sound systems, riding the Mule Skinner Pulling Sled, volunteering for the fire department, helping Arlene with the Printing Museum, improving the campgrounds, and completing the 'Bridge on the Move' project.
Nothing was more important to Oss than his family. He taught his children by example and was always willing to help with any project they had going. As the family grew, gatherings were a place of much laughter, noise, and chaos. He was especially proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; rarely missing any of their activities.
Oss was preceded in death by his parents Otto and Albena, father and mother in-law Donald and Esther Butt, brother Robert, sisters in-law Shirley and Margaret Sobotka and niece Sharon Sobotka Overholser.
Left to mourn his passing are wife, Arlene, children Randy (Jan) of Des Moines, Gary (Darla) of Mt. Ayr, Pamela (Robert) Grace, Shelly (Alan) Bentley, Doug (Darla) Sobotka all of Diagonal, 13 grandchildren and 10.9 great-grandchildren, sister Dorothy Sobotka and brother Marvin, nephews Jim and Rex Sobotka, and many other friends and relatives.

Memorials are to the United Church of Diagonal Building Fund, Diagonal Printing Museum and the Ringgold County Fair.

  • Open Visitation

    September 02, 2014
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    Main Street
    Diagonal, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    September 02, 2014
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    Main Street
    Diagonal, IA

  • Funeral Service

    September 03, 2014
    10:00 AM

    United Church of Diagonal

    Diagonal, IA

  • Burial

    Wednesday September 03 2014

    Bohemian Cemetery

    Diagonal, IA

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I will never forget the first time I was really around Oss. We had just had our first child and had only lived in Diagonal a short time. Kevin was helping the Lions with the sound system at the fairgrounds and I came in with the stroller, diaper bag and very small infant just to get out of the house for awhile. As I fumbled through my stuff for my wallet to pay to get into the event, Oss came walking up and said to the guys at the gate, "she''s with us." Needless to say, they waved me in at no charge. It''s just the little things that Oss did that made people feel good. Diagonal has lost a very good man.

Posted by Shellie and Kevin Klommhaus - Mount Ayr, IA - Friend   September 04, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Thinking of everyone during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Tracy Ford - Urbandale, IA - Friend of Doug''s growing up   September 03, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Arlene and family,

Heaven has gained a gentle and kind man. He always worked so hard to help and do things for the town of Diagonal. Ossie and Arlene were my neighbor''s for several years and a great friends.

Wishing you peace to bring you comfort and help you find the courage and strength you need to face the days ahead. Embrace the loving memories you hold in your heart.

My sincere, heartfelt prayers and sympathy are with you.

Posted by Muriel Johnston - Auburn, IL   August 30, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Heaven has gained a very nice man. His appearance here on earth will be sadly missed but his guidance and love for the community of Diagonal will continue on in the hearts of many. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

Posted by Sharon England and Jim Routh - Mount Ayr, IA - friend   August 30, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My first memory of Ozzie was when I was about 3 years old. I heard some noise outside our house. When I went running into Mom and Dad''s bedroom and asked Dad what the noise was Dad just said, Oh it''s just Ozzie cleaning out the snow in our drive way.
Then when I worked in the café I would open the front door at around 6;00 a.m. he would be sitting on the steps and would tease me about my Dodge charger. He always called it the the register and tribune car because of the R/T charger on the grill.
Then a couple years ago before he passed away Dad told Mom and I if we ever had any trouble just go into to Ozzie''s and he would help us.
I truly never thought we could have our Labor Day Celebration with out his help because Ozz was always there working and doing most of the work.
And as my son said, He was the best neighbor and friend you could have.
Pam, Gary, Jeromy , and Steven plus all the rest of his family I am so sorry for your loss.
Dorothy Smith

Posted by Dorothy Garrett-Smith - Diagonal, IA - Neighbor and friend   August 30, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

To Arlene and Family, We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Oz. He was a very special friend to many. We fill we were blessed to have gotten to know him. We always enjoyed it when he came to our home. You never knew what he was going to say or do, but he always had fun. One of the best memories we will have is when he was visiting Indiana and we had went to Connersville, Indiana for a Tractor Pull, and we left him at the Fairgrounds. He was not happy with any of us then. Know all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless all of you. Anthony & Debbie9

Posted by Anthony&Debbie Hart - Franklin, IN - Friends   August 30, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Ossie was the best friend and neighbor you could ask for. I can''t think of an event in the community he didn''t help with, his advice and humor always made the work go quicker. He will be missed by many.

Posted by Jason Smith - Diagonal, IA   August 29, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM