Art Svestka, 83

Dec. 14, 1936 —
Nov. 1, 2020
CRESCO - Arthur Ruben Svestka, age 83, of Cresco, Iowa, passed away at his home on Nov. 1, 2020, surrounded by family. 
A Mass of a Christian Burial for the family was on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at Notre Dame Church in Cresco at 1 p.m., with Father Jacob Rouse officiating. A private burial was held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Schley, Iowa.
Art was born on Dec. 14, 1936 to Ruben and Jessie (Shimek) Svestka in Cresco. He graduated from Rudolphinium High School in Protivin, Iowa. He married Lois Picht on June 3, 1961, and this past June they celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary.
In 1957, Art began what became a 63-year career in the farm equipment business, which he loved. He always gave each customer his full attention. His honesty, knowledge and sales acumen made him a great person to do business with.
In addition to relationships with his customers, he also enjoyed golfing at the Cresco Country Club, was a proud member of the Notre Dame BPA and always looked forward to the next game of Euchre or Booray. Having breakfast with his friends was always on his schedule, and he and Lois enjoyed taking VIP bus trips.
The couple lived a beautiful life together. They have four children, Mike, Jeff, Rochelle and Doug and seven grandchildren. Their children and grandchildren give them so much joy.
Art was also committed to serving the community of Cresco. He was on the Jaycees and worked with the FFA, Cresco Board of Adjustment and the annual Ag Fest celebration. 
In his free time, he could be found tinkering and creating Bohemian inventions in his garage — he could fix anything. If you spent more than five minutes with Art, you knew he loved to talk. He was a fountain of historical knowledge, trivia and endless stories and jokes. It was almost impossible not to have a great conversation with him.
He will be greatly missed by his family, his friends and his community.
Art is survived by his wife, Lois; son, Mike (Sandy) of Owatonna, Minn.; son, Jeff (Jessie Ping) of Rhonert Park, Calif.; daughter, Rochelle of West Des Moines, Iowa; son, Doug (Jeni) of Lakeville Minn.; grandchildren, Matt Svestka, Emily Pearson, Megan Pearson, Sunny Liang, Scarlett Svestka, Georgia Svestka and Mimi Svestka; brother, Paul (Pat) Svestka; sister-in-law, Donna Svestka; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Giovanni Walton; brother, Clair; brother-in-law, Arnold Hruska; and nephews, Dean Hruska and Paul Svestka, Jr.
Memorials may be given to Notre Dame Parish or HOCA (Howard County Cancer Association). Cards can be sent to Lois at 1004 North Elm St., Apt. 201, Cresco, IA 52136.

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