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Donald E. Hajek - January 25, 2010


Donald E. Hajek
Donald E. Hajek was born on Jan. 29, 1933 at Sidney, Neb. He was the youngest of six children born to John and Gertrude Lenzen Hajek. Don grew up in Sidney where he attended school, graduating from Sidney St. Patrick’s High School in 1951.
Don was married to Wanda J. Harms on June 27, 1953 in Cheyenne, Wyo. In March of 1953, Don joined the United States Air Force and the family lived in many different locations during his 20 years of military service.
Don and Wanda lived on different bases in the United States until Don was sent to Puerto Rico. They were later assigned to bases in western Europe–two years in England where son Donnie was born followed by two years in France where daughter Heather was born.
He was transferred to Roswell, N.M. where he was trained as a missile specialist. In 1968 he served his first tour of duty in Viet Nam. He was involved in the Tet offensive serving with military intelligence and was exposed to agent orange which altered his health for the rest of his life.
After his return from Viet Nam, he became part of the U.S. Army as a chief warrant officer. He was stationed at Ft. Carson, Colo. before being deployed to Viet Nam for a second tour of duty. He returned to Ft. Carson where he was honorabley discharged in 1973.
Don and Wanda lived in Colorado Springs where he worked for the city. He also farmed in Cheyenne County near Sidney on the Hajek family farm. In 1981 they moved to Grant, Neb. where Don rented farm ground from Wanda’s uncle, Ray Harms.
Don had been in failing health the past several years and died in Yuma, Ariz. on Jan. 25, 2010 where Don and Wanda had been spending their winters. He had reached the age of 76.
Don was a member of the Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Grant and the Knights of Columbus. He also was a member of the American Legion and the V.F.W. Don had served a term on the Grant City Council in the late 1990s.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his four brothers.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Wanda; one son, Donnie and wife Tracey of Grant; one daughter Heather Hajek of Yuma; one grandson Josh Hajek and fiancée Becky Brooks of Omaha; one granddaughter Brittney and husband Troy Soper of Grant; a great-grandson Blake Soper; a sister Josephine Davis of Overgaard, Ariz.; many other relatives and friends.
Rosary was Friday night, Jan. 29, and Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Jan. 30 at Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Grant with Father Mark Pfeiffer officiating.
Burial was in the Grant Cemetery with a flag presentation by Perkins County Veterans.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant was in charge of arrangements.