Daniel Joseph Veselka
November 7, 1951 - April 28, 2008

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Daniel Joseph Veselka, 56, of Lorena, Texas passed away peacefully in his sleep next to his soul-mate Nancy Veselka, on Monday, April 28, 2008 at their home.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 30th at OakCrest Funeral Home, 4520 Bosque Blvd., from 6-8 p.m. with a brief rosary service at 6:30 p.m. led by Msgr. Mark Deering.

<b>His Services</b>
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church of the Assumption, 1401 Washington, Waco, on Thursday May 1, at 10 am. with Msgr. Deering as celebrant. (The services are being held in St. Mary's due to the construction projects underway at St. Louis Catholic Church during this time.)

Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of the OakCrest Funeral Home of Waco.

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<b>His Life</b>
Daniel was born in Waco, TX on Nov. 7, 1951, one of five children and son of Louis and Martha (Rejcek) Veselka.

He graduated from Reicher High School, Class of 1971. While a sophomore in high school, Daniel started working for Reddy Ice and by the age of 21 became the youngest manager in the Southland Corporation while residing in Duncanville, Texas.

After a successful career with Southland Corp. he then moved with his family back to Waco and purchased Holiday Ice from his mentor Ennis Boyette, in the fall of 1981. Later in 1996 Daniel retired from the ice business and worked in the antique and retail sales as well as estate sales until 2003. He then was employed at the Federal Detention Center. Due to Daniels ever present work ethics he quickly moved up in rank to Administrative Lieutenant and became a TCLEOSE certified instructor.

<b>His Beloved Family</b>
Though Daniel accomplished much in the business world to him his greatest accomplishments in life was marrying his high-school sweetheart Nancy C. Haake on August 12, 1972 and the births of their two children, son Christian Joseph Veselka on June 22, 1973 and daughter Angela Marie Veselka on February 12, 1975.

Always a family man Daniel received great joy in the birth of his grandson Daniel Mitchell Veselka (LD) who was always the sparkles in his eyes. The Veselkas are longtime members of St. Louis Catholic Church. Devout Christian, husband, father, and friend Daniel had profound respect for the world around him.

Daniel was a man among men whose strengths talents will ever be present through his friends and family. For the man who never knew a stranger and was respected by all that knew him, Daniel will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

<b>His Survivors</b>
He is survived by wife, Nancy Veselka; his children, son Christian Veselka and wife, Renee, and their son, Daniel Veselka, daughter Angela Golding and husband, Jonathan Golding; mother-in-law Billie Haake; brothers, Ronnie Veselka and wife Cathy, and Kenneth Veselka and wife Connie; sisters, Cecilia Haferkamp and husband Doug, and sister Margie Veselka, and numerous nieces and nephews.

<b>His Pallbearers</b>
Pallbearers will be Joe Davis, Gary Crawford, Clayton Allison, Randy Allison, Jeremy Veselka, Isreal Veselka, Mark Veselka, Nicholas Haferkamp, and Daniel's grandson, LD

<b>His Honorary Pallbearers</b>
Honorary pallbearers will be brothers Ronnie Veselka and Kenneth Veselka, and Larry Gaiser, David Gaiser, Pat Maloney, Jonathan Golding, Steve Veselka, Henry Veselka, Jerry Veselka, Tommy Davis, Doug Haferkamp, Michael Varga, Michael Gonzales, Roger Kocian, and Mike Wilson.

Memorials may be made in name of Daniel Veselka to the American Cancer Society or Bluebonnet Hospice, 1105 Wooded Acres Suite 270, Waco, TX 76710.

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Obituary Provided By:
Oakcrest Funeral Home
4520 Bosque Boulevard
Waco, TX  76710