Byron H. Pavelka, 82, Blue Hill, Nebraska passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 20, 2020 at home. Due to Covid-19 restrictions a private family graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the Cloverton Cemetery, rural Bladen, Nebraska with Pastor Dan Albers officiating. Visitation will be Friday, April 24, 2020 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Merten-Butler Mortuary, Blue Hill, Nebraska.. Memorials may be sent to the family C/O Janice Pavelka, 1992 St. Highway 281, Blue Hill, Nebraska 68930 to be designated at a later date. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.mertenbutlermortuary.com. Merten-Butler Mortuary, Blue Hill, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.
Byron was born on December 29, 1937 to Hugo J. and Etta J. (Alberts) Pavelka on a farm southwest of Blue Hill. He attended Prairie Gem School through the eighth grade and graduated from Blue Hill High School in 1955. He farmed with his dad until joining the Navy. After serving in the Navy he returned to farm with his dad. He married Janice F. Sidlo on January 15, 1958 at Zion Lutheran Church, Hastings, Nebraska. He enjoyed his livestock and hunting.
Byron is survived by his wife, Janice, Blue Hill, Nebraska; two sons, Charlie Pavelka, Blue Hill, Nebraska and Kevin (Melva) Pavelka, Kearney, Nebraska; two grandsons, Connor and Cameron Pavelka; one sister and brother-in-law, Lorna (John, Jr.) Soucek; three sisters-in-law, Mary Sidlo, Hastings, Nebraska, Irma Swanson, Wyoming and Martina Juranek, Blue Hill, Nebraska. He is preceded in death by his parents, one son, David; one sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis (Lyle) Stabenow; father and mother-in-law, Ralph and Maye Sidlo; three brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and JoAnn Sidlo, Jack Swanson and Gordon Sidlo.
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