Frederick Gabriel Hotovy was born Dec. 20, 1928, in Seward, to Fred and Gabriella (Makes) Hotovy and passed away Feb. 11, 2021, in Seward, at the age of 92 years, 1 month and 22 days. Fred grew up on the family farm near Ulysses. He attended District 27 country school and then graduated from Dwight Assumption Catholic School with the Class of 1946.
Fred farmed with his dad and brother until he was drafted into the United States Army. He was united in marriage to Irene Kay Hraban on Sept. 10, 1951, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Bee before he was shipped off to Korea. Fred became ill while in Korea and spent 51 days in the hospital before being honorably discharged on Jan. 5, 1953. Upon his return to Nebraska, Fred and Irene farmed with his brother in Ulysses. He also worked for Dave Tuma doing construction during that time. In 1970, the family moved to Seward where Fred worked as a carpenter for Concordia College, retiring in 1993 after 23 years of service. Fred enjoyed working in his flower gardens and woodworking. He loved being with his family, especially his grandchildren and attending their activities. The couple loved driving around Seward in the evenings. Fred was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and a custodian for several years. He was also a member of the Seward American Legion Post #33 and the former mayor of Ulysses.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Irene; his in-laws, Joseph and Mary Hraban; brother, Stanley Hotovy; four brothers-in-law, Joe Kobza, Raymond Hraban, Joseph and wife, Helen Hraban, Rayfeil and wife, Dorothy Hraban; four sisters-in-law, Genevieve and husband, Warren Woodruff, Mary and husband, Ray Hubert, Berniece and husband, Virgil Vondra, Marcella and husband, Raymond Hottovy.
Survivors include his three children, Gregory A. and wife, Linda Hotovy of Seward, Daniel and wife, Chris Hotovy of Gretna and Marla and husband, Ryon Baumbach of Seward; seven grandchildren and their families: Jeremy and wife, Lindsay Hotovy and their children, Brayton, Lander, Ryler and Brecklyn, Stacy and husband, D.R. Herrold and their children, Rex and Rayven, Stephanie and husband, Tom Morse and their children, William and Joseph, Nathan Hotovy and his son, Jaxon, Eric and wife, Jodee Hotovy, Ashley and husband, Alex Volnek and their children, Hailey and Mackenzie, Brittany and husband, Zach Dey and their children, Harper and Hadley; sister, Rita Kobza; brother, Father Dennis Hotovy; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 15 at St Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Bee with a graveside service and interment at the Seward Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hotovy family for future designations. Condolences may be left for the family at www.zabkafuneralhome.com.