Lawrence John Novak, of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, son of Lawrence Albert Novak and Lorraine (Schmidt) Novak was born on March 4, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois. He was baptized into Christ as a child. Larry was united in marriage to Carolyn Marie Clesen on November 2, 1963, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois. He was confirmed in 1964 in the Lutheran faith at Our Savior Lutheran Church.
Larry graduated from Lane Technical High School in 1957. He joined the U. S. Air Force in June of 1957. He was honorably discharged in 1961 with the rank of Airman Second Class as an airplane mechanic. While in the USAF he became a scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts. He was involved with the Boy Scouts for 13 years. He found work driving a semi-trailer truck for Ben Franklin Stores. The U. S. Air Force recruited him to work at O’Hare Field as an airplane mechanic as a civilian. He attained a Staff Sergeant rank. He left the air force to work as a firefighter with the Village of Elk Grove Village, IL. He trained as an Emergency Medical Technician and a paramedic. He worked with the Elk Grove Village Fire Department for over twenty-five years.
Larry and Carolyn retired up to Reedsburg, Wisconsin in June 1995 where he found at job with Reedsburg True Value and was an Emergency Medical Technician for the Reedsburg Area Ambulance Service until he retired in 2008. He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. He volunteered with the Reedsburg Area Medical Center and Mirror Lake State Park, as their master painter. He served 17 years as a hunter safety instructor.
Survivors include his three children: Laura Koch and her husband, Rev. Aaron A. Koch, Kenneth Novak, and Michael and his wife, Patricia Novak. Grandchildren Rebekah (Gabe) Frusti, Philip Lawrence (Paula) Koch, Hannah (Luke) Wieting. and Mary (Jonah) Schultz, Hudson and Brooks Novak. Great-grandchildren Jacob, Levi, Zoe Marie, and Ava Frusti, Emma, Cody Lawrence and Harper Koch, Miriam and Elizabeth Wieting, and Stephen Schultz.
Other survivors are Larry’s sisters: Patricia Small, Geraldine Casper, and Lorraine (Robert) Stein, Susan (Robert) Cizek, Mary (Ben) Kanters, brother-in-laws Ronald (Bernadette) Clesen, and Robert Clesen, and special cousin Kenneth (Sara Jo) Gogots and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife, Carolyn, his sisters: Barbara Serum, Darlene Moeller and Barbara Scalzetti, beloved Aunt Kay Harest, and his brother-in-law, Donald J. Dymond.
Lawrence J. Novak died on October 12th, 2021 at home surrounded by his family at the age 82 years.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Reedsburg with Pastor Paul Crolius officiating. His earthly remains will be at rest at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, Reedsburg, Wisconsin, awaiting the final summons of his Lord Jesus Christ. Military honors will be provided by the Reedsburg Area Veterans Honor Guard. There will be a visitation from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Saturday at the Hoof Funeral Home in Reedsburg and after 2:00 P.M. on Sunday at the church. In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church would be appreciated.
The Hoof Funeral Home is serving the family.
Blessed be the memory of Lawrence J. Novak
A light dinner will be held after the funeral at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Concordia Hall, Reedsburg, Wisconsin.