Albert (Albie) Leroy Holecek passed away May 5, 2019 at the Southwest Healthcare Long Term Center in Bowman. Funeral Services for Albie will be on Friday, May 10, 10:00 a.m. at the Bowman Lutheran Church. Pastor Chuck Johnson will officiate with burial and fellowship to follow in the Bethany Cemetery and Bethany Church following his burial. Visitation for Albie will be on Thursday, May 9 from 10-9 at the Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Home Chapel.
Albie Holecek was born in Bowman, North Dakota on September 4, 1939 in the house at 306 5th Ave SW, which was the hospital at that time. The name Albie came about because his one-year-older brother could only say Albie for Albert. Somehow, the name Albie stuck. Albie attended grammar school at Langberg country school 16 miles south of Rhame and graduated from Bowman High School in 1957. Albie attended classes in mechanical engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Engineering in Rapid City for one year before deciding farming and ranching would be his way of life.
Albie farmed and ranched at his ranch 18 miles south of Rhame. Being far from town can be isolating, particularity in the early years, so Albie operated an Amateur Radio Station WBØEYM from the ranch and made contacts throughout the world, thus remaining current on events and ideas. Albie was an expert at welding and designed and made all sorts of equipment for the ranch. He was an expert at repairing mechanical equipment and not only fixed his own equipment, but eagerly helped others fix or repair their equipment. He was resourceful and inventive, even going so far as building his own machine to quickly shear thick metal stock.
When Albie retired from farming and ranching, he moved to Bowman where he enjoyed woodworking and studying history. He generously gave his friends and family many of his woodworking projects, who will enjoy them while remembering him fondly in years to come. Albie enjoyed working with Gerald Braaten on many varied projects. Albie liked playing his guitar outside his apartment door, attracting many listeners who appreciated his playing and singing of county and western songs. Albie was well-liked and made friends easily. Albie had a photographic memory of long-past events and also remembered all the old and new jokes. Albie especially loved playing cards for coffee every morning at local restaurants with whomever of the local group showed up. Albie was loved will be missed by many friends both young and older.
Albert is preceded in death by his parents Charles H. Holecek and Nora B. Holecek (Siverson) and 3 nephews, Mark C. Holecek, Jonathan E. Holecek and Preston R. Holecek and brother-in-law, Kenneth Reese. He leaves 3 brothers and one sister: C. Lloyd Holecek, Marion, Iowa; Alice N. Reese, Hancock, Minnesota; Edwin D. Holecek, Bowman; and Dale R. Holecek, Anderson, Texas. Albie has 4 nephews: Curtis Reese, Clontarf, Minnesota; Ian Holecek Cypress, Texas; Payco Holecek, Bowman; Tony Holecek, Westby, Montana; and 4 nieces: Sarah Holecek, Iowa City, Iowa; Rosanne Holecek, Berkeley, California; Nicole Brown, Magnolia, Texas; and Cheri Reese DeRynck, Bruce, South Dakota. Albie did not have his own kids, but loved his nieces and nephews.