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Theodore L. Vavricka Sr. May 6, 1936 - June 26, 2008

OLIVIA -- Theodore Lewis Vavricka Sr., 72, of Olivia died Thursday at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota.

The service is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Olivia. Burial is in the church cemetery.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia and continues Wednesday at the funeral home from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

He was born on May 6, 1936, in Bird Island Township, Renville County, to George and Albina (Trcka) Vavricka. He grew up in Olivia and graduated from Olivia High School in 1954. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. Following his discharge from the Marines, he returned to Olivia and farmed with his brother George.

On April 28, 1962, he married Lois Nelson. They later divorced. He married Sally Aakre on April 8, 1993, at Las Vegas. In addition to farming, he also worked in real estate with North Central Ag Services since 1984.

He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, the Olivia American Legion, Olivia Lions Club, Amigos Saddle Club, and several professional organizations.

Survivors include his wife; four children: Ted Jr. (and Liz) of Boise, Idaho, Jayne (and Art) Henry of Wichita, Kan., Tony (and Amy) of St. Paul, and Nancy Vavricka of St. Paul; two grandchildren; and siblings: George Vavricka of Olivia, Bernadine Remmers of Olivia, and Delores Dobmeyer of Andover.

He was preceded in death by a brother.

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