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Wallace Edward Sobotka was born March 14, 1931 in rural Washington Township, Ringgold County Iowa, the 5th 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 8th 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 the U.S. Army 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 5 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 on 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 3 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.
Memorials are to the Bohemian Cemetery and Ringgold County Public Health.
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