Emil Charles Mashek
Emil Charles Mashek, age 85, a resident of rural Richards, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo. He was born Dec. 24, 1932, in Seward, Neb., the son of James Lewis Mashek and Mary Hromas Mashek. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Following his military service, he relocated to the Mashek family farm near Richards, where he farmed and raised cattle for the remainder of his life. He married Carmen Dobry on Dec. 11, 1959, at Girard, Kan. Emil was a member of the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars of Fort Scott, the Fort Scott Elks Lodge and the American Legion Post of Dwight, Neb. In addition to his life on the farm, he enjoyed going to casinos and playing cards.
Survivors include his wife, Carmen, of the home; two sons, Steven Mashek and wife, Jodee, and David Mashek, all of Richards; a grandson, Skylur Emil Mashek, also of Richards; and two step-grandchildren, Victoria Krohn and husband, Stephon, and Jonathon Ireland, all of Moore, Okla. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James Mashek; and a sister, Mary Ann Shane Jauernig.
The Rev. Kevin Moyers will conduct funeral services at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial with military honors will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Scott. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Vernon County Youth Fair and may be left in the care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.