LA CRESCENT, Minn. — Harry J. Mrozek Jr., 89, of La Crescent passed away at home Thursday, May 23, 2019.
Harry was born in Fountain City, Wis., to Harry J. Mrozek and Salomea “Sally” Mrozek (nee Scharmach). Harry married Anne E. Mrozek (nee Knott), from England, April 26, 1954, in Banbury, England, while he was serving in the U.S. Air Force.
Harry is survived by his son, Michael (Patricia Sampson) of Ashburn, Va.; and two daughters, Sandra Roy (Scott) of Indianapolis and Dr. Jane Mrozek of La Crescent. He is also survived by his sisters, Ann (Phillip) Eder, Louise (Don) Merchlewitz, Rosealie (Eugene) Bork and Marion Sobotta (Victor Gibbons); and a great-aunt, Fern Jick.
Harry retired from the U.S. Army and also served with the USAF. He was awarded the Bronze Star (two awards), Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (two battle stars), Vietnam Civic Action 1st Class Medal, RVN Campaign Medal W/Device (1960) and the RVN Gallantry Cross Unit Award, during two tours in Vietnam.
Until his retirement, Harry worked for several trucking companies and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, after retiring from the U.S. Army in 1971.
Harry was preceded in death by his wife, Anne, March 30, 2019; and a son, Adrian John Mrozek. Two sisters preceded him in death, Sandra (Dave) Schmidtknecht and Romelle (John) Larson; a brother-in-law, Victor Gibbons; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Joseph and Jean Knott, and their daughter, Susan.
Special family friends we want to acknowledge are Ruth and Jacob Muehlenkamp, Lori Falada, Sue Liebsch, Nancy Danou, and Jenny Schulte.
Harry was a loving husband, father and brother, who taught his children to care for others, serve our country and advocate for animal well-being.
In closure, the family of Harry Mrozek want to extend a sincere thank you to his primary provider, Dr. Duane Undeland and the staff and nursing staff at the La Crescent Clinic, for the excellent care they provided him. Also, the family wants to extend this thank you to Dr. Chris Hofland and the nurses in the Urology Department at the Gundersen Clinic. Another Gundersen team that most recently joined the efforts to help Harry is the Hospice team, to whom we are eternally grateful for helping Dad pass away peacefully at his home.
The La Crescent First Responders and the La Crescent Police Department have been another group of professionals who assisted Harry and Anne, when they needed help and we want to let you know how much the Mrozek family appreciates your assistance and the time you took to help our parents.
The family is having a private burial with military honors June 6.