Dennis Dean Farnik, 73, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2013, from complications of gastric surgery in January. Funeral: A local visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Arlington Funeral Home, 1221 East Division St. The funeral and burial will be held in Verdigre, Neb. Dennis was born May 15, 1939, in Minturn, Colo., but lived most of his early life in the small village of Verdigre, Neb., surrounded by Czech-American relatives and friends. During his young teens, he met and fell in love with Ruth Ann Vonasek who he dated throughout high school. Following his service in the U.S. Army from 1957-1960, Dennis married Ruth and they moved to Arlington in 1963 where they raised their family of two girls and a boy. During his 17 years at the General Motors
assembly plant in Arlington, Dennis worked his way up the ranks from janitor to management. Nicknamed "Bo" (Bohemian) by his fellow GM workers, Dennis was known for his colorful jokes and stories exchanged with his colleagues as he roamed the plant inspecting vehicles. Dennis started his own screen printing and apparel business, Shirts-T-Go, in 1978, which also employed Ruth and his children. Shirts-T-Go grew into a successful business, at one time having three locations in Arlington printing shirts and uniforms for local school groups, teams and restaurants, along with garments and supplies for hospitals nationwide. A skilled athlete in his youth, particularly in football, Dennis enjoyed watching and coaching sports during his adult life. He spent countless hours in all weather conditions over many years playing ball with his son. Following Ruth's death from cancer in 2007, Dennis focused on new hobbies, including cooking and travel. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and watching their ball games. Throughout his life, even to the very end, he enjoyed socializing with people and making them laugh. Survivors: Daughters, Becky Ripley and husband, Mike, of San Diego, Calif., and Beth Murphy and husband, Brian, of Mansfield; son, Greg Farnik and wife, Sharka, of Frisco; grandchildren, Madison Yates, Ben Ripley, Brian Ripley, Josef Farnik and Michael Farnik.