Joe Svoboda Jr.
August 3, 1937 - August 2, 2022

Joe Svoboda Jr.

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Joe Svoboda Jr., age 84 of Fremont
passed away peacefully surrounded by family,
Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont

Joe was born at home in Wahoo, Nebraska to Joe and Myrtle (Steele) Svoboda. Joe attended elementary school in Wahoo and graduated from Wahoo High School in 1955.

He worked his first summer after high school for the contractor that built the 300 Bowl in Wahoo. Joe attended AMF pinspotter school in Shelby, Ohio then returned to Wahoo as mechanic for the 300 bowl. A short time later he worked for the Rose Bowl in Omaha. He began working in the late 50's for Park Bowl in Fremont. Joe worked there until building and opening Plaza Lanes in 1977. Joe owned Plaza Lanes until 2000. Joe was a member of the Fremont Men's Bowlers Hall of Fame and the Nebraska State Men's Hall of Fame.

Joe married Joan Pavlik at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church on June 1, 1959. They were married 63 years and made their home in Fremont since their marriage.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Richard.

Wife - Joan of Fremont
Children - Jeffrey Svoboda - Fremont
Judy (John Kieny) Svoboda-Johannsen - Fremont
James (Jenny) Svoboda - Omaha
3 grandsons - Reed Johannsen of Fremont, Jack and Joshua Svoboda of Omaha
Sister - Marlene Vybiral of Wahoo
Sister-in-law - Mary Lou Brown of Milwaukee

The funeral will be 4pm, Monday, August 8, 2022 at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont. Rev. Walter Nolte will officiate. Visitation will be Sunday from 3pm to 7pm with the family present from 4pm to 7pm, also at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel in Fremont. A wake service will be held beginning at 7pm on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to St. Patrick Catholic Church or the Fremont Bowling Club.

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Recorded Funeral Service

Sunday, August 7, 2022
3pm to 7pm
Ludvigsen Mortuary - Fremont
1249 E. 23rd St.
Fremont, NE  68025
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Sunday, August 7, 2022
Family Present from 4pm to 7pm
Ludvigsen Mortuary - Fremont
1249 E. 23rd St.
Fremont, NE  68025
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Funeral Service
Monday, August 8, 2022
Ludvigsen Mortuary
1249 East 23rd Street
Fremont, NE  68025
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  1. Don M Dickmeyer
    Jim and Judy, I am so sorry to read that your Dad has passed on. He was a great person and lived a long and productive life. May he rest in peace.
  2. Eileen & Bob Thornburg
    Judy & family,
    We are so sorry to hear about your dad. Bob remembers him from Park Bowl & Plaza Lanes. Thanks to Joe for all he provided for teenagers!
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you.
    Eileen & Bob Thornburg
  3. JoAnn Morgan
    To Mr. Svoboda's family I offer my condolences and prayers for his soul and for you. We were neighbors long ago and I am still in the neighborhood. God rest his soul in his heaven with Him and bless all of you.
  4. MelRae Freeman
    Joannie & family...You have my heartfelt condolences on Joe's passing. What a lovely man he was. I wont ever forget the good times at Plaza. May he fly high.
  5. George Gottschall
    My sincere condolences and want you to know that Joe was one of the best people I have ever known. Rest In Peace Joe. You gave so much to so many of us bowlers. I pray you will all remember the good and great times with Joe. God bless you all.
  6. Pat and Jane Brown
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We enjoyed visiting with Uncle Joe when we went to NE and when he came to WI. He was a wonderful man. He will be missed. May fond memories keep him close to you.

    Love always, Pat and Jane Brown and family

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