Stanley "Jack" John Jelinek, 87
March 27, 1927 - May 5, 2014
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 AM, Saturday, May 10, 2014 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Stanley "Jack" Jelinek who passed away on Monday at the St. Cloud Hospital. Rev. LeRoy Scheierl will officiate and burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM. Friends and relatives may call from 4:00 - 8:00 PM on Friday, May 9th at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church. Parish prayers will be at 6:00 PM on Friday at the Funeral Home.
Jack was born in Staples, Minnesota to Stanley and Ann (Schintgen) Jelinek. While attending Staples High School, he played football and was the only person to letter in swimming and diving. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy
during World War II
. After his honorable discharge, Jack attended North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo and earned his degree in Pharmacy. He then practiced as a pharmacist and eventually became a pharmaceutical salesman for Parke-Davis and later Warner-Lambert. On June 14, 1947, he married Barbara Jane Heath in Willmar. Jack was always staying busy with a variety of activities throughout his lifetime. Fitness and exercise were a vital part of his daily routine including pull-ups and one-armed push-ups until the age of 87. Jack's many hobbies included golfing, hunting, cross country and downhill skiing. When he was not involved in his physical activities, Jack enjoyed cribbage and poker. Family meant the world to Jack and he will be dearly missed.
Jack is survived by his children, Barbara Heath of Minnetonka, Craig (Mary) Jelinek of Los Gatos, CA, and David (Li-Ling Sun) Jelinek of Sacramento, CA; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Lou Anderson of Southern California, Darlene Johnson of Blaine; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife of 63 years, Barbara in 2010; brother, Donald, and sister, Donna Werseen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Parkinson's Disease Association (APDA).