Henry G. "Bud" Rezac, 82, of Fridley, MN, formerly of Madison, and Pocahontas, IA, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at Linwood Golden Living, Fridley, MN.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Ellsworth Funeral Home, with the Rev. Sandy Aakre officiating.
Burial took place in Graceland Cemetery, with Military Honors by Madison American Legion & VFW.
Visitation began noon Tuesday and continued prior to the service on Wednesday at Ellsworth Funeral Home.
Henry G. Rezac was born Oct. 21, 1928, at Sioux Falls, to Frank and Lylia (Gattsch) Rezac. He attended Hawthorne Grade School and Washington High School in Sioux Falls and entered the service at the age of 17. He received five honorable discharges from four separate branches of the service. Henry was with F Troop, 2nd Battalion, of the 7th Cavalry Regiment during the occupation of Japan and the Korean War.
Among other service awards he held were the Combat Infantry Badge, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal with four battle stars and Good Conduct medals from both the US Army and US Marine Corps. He worked for the Madison Daily Leader in the early 1960s and was a member of the Madison police force at one time.
Henry married Susan Atkinson on May 10, 1962, at Madison. He was later employed at Lockheed Aircraft in Marietta, GA where they lived for a number of years. Following his retirement in 1990, he began a full-time career as a free-lance writer and they settled in Pocahontas, IA.
Henry was a member of the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM&AW), the 7th Cavalry Association and the Korean War Veterans Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Susan in 1997; one son, Terry and one brother, Frank.
Survivors include five sons, Larry Rezac of Colton, Bryan Beiers of Sioux Falls, Henry G. "Buddy" Rezac II (Lori) of Vermillion, Charles (Carla) and Derek (Jodi) Rezac both of Coon Rapids, MN; two daughters, Kathryn (Dell) Spade of Sioux Falls and Jennifer (David) Meehan, Jr. of Montrose; five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; two brothers, John (Connie) Rezac of Denver, CO and Jerry (Nyla) Rezac of Sioux Falls.