Hastings, Nebraska, resident Richard James Viglicky, 96, passed away Friday, January 10, 2020, at Perkins Pavilion Good Samaritan Society-Hastings Village in Hastings.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 17, at Butler Volland Chapel in Hastings with Rev. Greg Allen-Pickett officiating. Burial with military rites by Hastings Military Honor Guard will be at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday with family present, and one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Hastings First Presbyterian Church, the Disabled American Veterans in Hastings or Parkinson’s Charity/Michael J. Fox Foundation. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.
Richard was born on a farm two miles east of Edholm, Nebraska in Butler County to Anton and Josephine Viglicky. He was the second of four children. Richard, as well as his siblings and father, attended District 10 country school. On February 2, 1943, he joined the Army and took training in California at Camp Irwin and Camp Haan. He was shipped to England aboard the Queen Elizabeth. He had additional training in England until the invasion. He participated in campaigns in Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was discharged on January 12, 1946, and joined the reserves for three years. He married Evelyn Dolezal on April 16, 1947, and worked for Picket Buick in Schuyler. They moved with Picket Buick to Hastings in 1957. He continued to work for JC Pickett Buick, Fred Spady Motors and Paul Spady Motors as an auto body man and body shop manager until retiring. Richard loved polka dancing, woodworking and traveling.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Josephine Viglicky; sisters, Evelyn Pollard and Arlene Ertner; and brother, Frederic Viglicky.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn of over 72 years; sons, Duane (Linda) of Sutton and Gene (Lynne) of Hastings; daughters, Darline Watson (Arden) of Atlanta, Nebraska and Shirley Nuss (Randy) of Cedaredge, Colorado; grandchildren, Scott Richey of Colville, Washington, Rick Nuss of Buffalo, Minnesota, Miranda Buresh (Austin) of Lincoln, Scott Croner (Becky), Brett Croner (Jeannie) both of Lincoln, Joe Watson (Kate) of Shepherd, Montana, Sarah Moorman (fiancé Kevin) of Glenvil, and Kim Matthews of Arthur; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.