Laddie Zahradka

Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, September 11, 2015 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Park River for Laddie Zahradka of Park River.


Posted on 9/11/15

He died September 7, 2015 with his wife and family at his side.

Interment will be at the St. Catherine of Lomice Cemetery of rural Lawton. Military Rites were provided by the Lankin American Legion Post #157 and the North Dakota National Guard Honor Guard.

Laddie was born May 15, 1932 at Shepherd Township, Walsh County to Valerian Zahradka and Rose Kubat Zahradka. Laddie was the sixth of seven children. He met and married Delores DeSautel, the local school teacher, in 1952. He entered the service in 1953 and was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. He returned from the service in 1955, and then started farming with his father. They had four daughters, Karen, Marlene, Nancy, Betty and two sons, Douglas and Richard. He was active on the Shepherd School Board, St. Catherine’s Church Board, ZCBJ Lodge member, Elks Club at Devils Lake, Shepherd Township Board and was caretaker of the Zahradka/Pecka Cemetery.  In the 70’s Laddie worked at the MSR Base. After retiring from farming, he worked for Langdon Cement Company and various farmers. He lost his wife Delores in 1985. In 1988 he married Irene Bina Kovarik. He and Irene lived on the farm until 2012, when they move to Park River.

Laddie is survived by his wife Irene, his daughters, Karen (Ronald) Volk, Harvey, Marlene (Marc) Poole, Avinger, Texas, Nancy (Greg) Hammer, Fairdale, Betty (Jeff) Vikan, Langdon and sons, Douglas (Rhonda) Zahradka, Brookings, S.D. and Richard Zahradka, Wilmington, Del. Step children Dale (Shelly) Kovarik, Park River, Dean (Nadean) Kovarik, Big Storm City, S.D. and Janet (Fred) Vacca, Phoenix, Ariz. By grandchildren: Robert (Ginger), David (Jill) and Tim (Caitlin) Volk, Sarah (Shawn) Nygaard, Ross (Lexy), Kyle (Christine) Hammer, Andrew, Brian (Missy) Vikan, Kristi (Steve) Allery, Kimberly Vikan, Karlie Zahradka and Garret Heitkamp. Thirteen great-grandchildren, three step grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister Gladys Moen of Devils Lake and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

An online guestbook is available at: The Tollefson Funeral Home of Park River was in charge of the arrangements.