Roy Voracek

Roy Voracek, age 95, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Sunday, November 28, 2021, at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM on Monday, December 6, 2021, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend Levi Willms officiating.  Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791.  Visitation is from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday, December 5, 2021, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton. To view the live stream of the service please visit

Pallbearers are Roy’s grandchildren.

Roy Voracek was born on December 1, 1925, to Joseph and Tillie (Simek) Voracek.  He grew up on the family farm near Tyndall, South Dakota.  He joined the United States Army and served his country during World War II in Luzon and Japan.  He worked for Cimpl Packing Company for almost 40 years and following retirement, he enjoyed working part time for First National Bank. After he married Phyllis Wedmore on March 10, 1956, they made their home in Yankton where they raised their family.

Roy was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and a lifetime member of the VFW.  He was very active in the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts and enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, carpentry and camping at Lewis & Clark Lake and in the Black Hills.

Survivors include his five children: Kris (Steve) Christianson of Lincoln, Nebraska; Jeff (Susan) Voracek of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Kelly (Joe) Sparks of Yankton, South Dakota; Jana Voracek (Deb Eastman) of Lincoln; and Jason (Meghan) Voracek of Marysville, Kansas; 12 grandchildren: Tyler (Amanda) Christianson, Sara (Cole) Neibauer, Andrew (Brandi) Sparks, Amanda (Dan) Troxell, Alec (Madeline) Voracek, Kate Voracek, Avery and Sawyer Eastman and Roland, Ayn, Emil and Ira Voracek; four great grandchildren: Alanna, Gray, Kennedy and Riggs Sparks.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; parents; sister, Lorraine Ranek and brother, William Voracek.

A special thank you to the staff at Avera Sister James Care Center, Dakota Wing, for the exceptional care given to Roy.


To watch the live stream of Roy’s funeral, click on the link below. Service will be available about 5 minutes prior to 11:00 am.


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5 response to "Roy Voracek"

  1. By: Jane Hawk Posted: November 30, 2021

    To all of the Voracek family I offer condolences. Continue to retell your favorite family stories, and share your memories from years ago — both the tears and the laughter.
    Jane Hawk

  2. By: Paul and Matey Kanago Posted: November 30, 2021

    Voraceks – Sad to hear of Roy’s passing. Will always remember his happy disposition and endless smiles. What a family he and Phyllis created in Yankton and now their legacy sprawls across the Midwest from Minneapolis to Yankton to Nebraska and Kansas… Eternal rest grant unto Roy, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

  3. By: Darrell Mahoney Posted: November 30, 2021

    So sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers for your family.

  4. By: Greg Frederick Posted: December 1, 2021

    Sorry for your lost remember spending time at your house when we were young and going fishing . Roy was one the good guys

  5. By: greg blumer Posted: December 25, 2021

    Sorry to hear about Roy. I worked with him during his years at FNBSD, he was a great guy!!! Good memories of Roy! Always smiling…

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