John Novotny

John Novotny, 84, of Motley passed away April 19, 2017 at the Lake Region Health Care Hospital in Fergus Falls.

Services were held April 25 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Motley, with Father Joe Korf officiating. 

Interment was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Military rites were provided by the Motley American Legion Post #124.

Arrangements were with the Brenny Funeral Home of Staples.

John was born January 9, 1933 to Joseph and Matilda (Helstein) Novotny in Rusk County, Wisconsin.  John enjoyed cutting logs, working in the woods and was a dairy farmer for many years. John served his country during the Korean War in the 2nd Infantry Division in Tacoma, WA. He was active in the Motley American Legion Post #124; was past Commander, a Post Adjutant for 25 plus years, a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, the VFW and the Korean War Veterans Association. John enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing bingo.

John is survived by one  brother, Joseph (Judy) Novotny of Motley; one sister, Mary Cicha of Glen Flora, WI and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Francis and brother in-law, Joe Cicha. 

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