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1944 Roger 2023

Roger Gondek

April 15, 1944 — May 2, 2023

Sioux City

Roger Gondek, who died on May 2nd 2023 after a lengthy illness, was one of those lucky individuals who managed to maintain the optimism and generosity of his youth while aging gracefully into the role of patriarch. He was a prolific salesman, an avid sportsman- as both a participant and frequently vocal spectator- a discerning appreciator of 60’s muscle cars, a starry-eyed fan of classic Motown soul.

There will be a memorial service at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, July, 29, 2023 at Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City. Online condolences may be sent to www.meyerbroschapels.com

Roger Gondek was born in Sioux City, IA on April 15th, 1944 to Theodore Joseph Gondek of Lowell, Massachusetts and Lillian (Schmidt) Gondek of Clay Center, Kansas. His parents met in the Siouxland area during their service in the Second World War. Roger was their first son, followed by Dennis and Russell. He graduated from Sioux City’s Central High School in 1962 and from Morningside College (now University) in the Class of 1967, two institutions he maintained great pride in of being an alumnus.

Roger moved to Kansas City in 1969 to begin his career with General Motors, whom he worked for until 2008 . He spent his retirement years working as a medical transplant delivery driver, traveling, watching sports and finally being able to enjoy his own “hot rods”, including his beloved fire engine red 1967 Chevy Camaro and his blue 1966 Chevy Nova, both of whose deep engine growl could be heard approaching from miles away, much to his delight.

Roger is survived by his wife of 26 years, Judith.

He is also survived by three daughters: Kelly Gondek of Austin, TX, mother of his grandson, Lukas; Jillian Gondek of Bolingbrook, IL, mother of his granddaughters Aubree and Auraiya and his grandson, Austin; Susan Cassidy of Philadelphia, PA, mother of his granddaughters Carlin, Rhiannon and Erin and grandson, Jonathan and grandmother to his great granddaughter, Lily and great grandson, Connor; his son, Chris Gondek of Eugene, OR and his brothers, Dennis Gondek of Cedar Rapids, IA and Russell Gondek of Sioux City, IA.

The family asks that any memorial be a donation to the Lillian and Theodore Gondek Memorial Scholarship at St. Luke’s College in Sioux City, IA

 

 

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Saturday, July 29, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel

3220 Stone Park Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51104

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