Surrounded by his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren, Roy R. Tomanek died due to complications of Parkinson’s disease, Saturday, August 3, 2013 in Bismarck.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at First Lutheran Church, Mandan, with Reverends Lee Herberg and Jack Carlson officiating. Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery with full military honors.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with a prayer service at 7pm. Pallbearers will be his grandsons: Michael Tomanek, Jason Tomanek, Charles Tomanek, Matthew Tomanek, Andrew Tomanek, Joseph Tomanek, Steven Tomanek, and Dallas Scheet, along with his granddaughters Kristin Tomanek, Jennifer Scheet, and Danica Tomanek serving as honorary pall bearers.
Roy was born November 17, 1925 in Mandan to Joseph Sr. and Bessie (Novotny) Tomanek. He graduated from Mandan High School in 1943. At age 18, Roy was drafted into the US Army in January of 1944 to become a riflemen. WW II took him to England, across France, and all the way to the Elbe River in Germany with the 69th Infantry Division. In May 1946, Roy returned to Mandan and drove truck, worked at the Gambles Store, and the Workmen’s Compensation Bureau. The military was in his blood and in December of 1948 he became the unit administrator for Headquarters Battery, 188th Field Artillery and Battery Headquarters at Fraine Barracks, Bismarck. In that month, December 7, 1948 he married Ella (Hoger) and they began raising five boys. Roy’s military career was moving right along and he became a warrant officer in December 1949. In June of 1950, the Koreans invaded South Korea and life changed. Roy was mobilized January 16, 1951 with the 188th, and he and Ella and their two boys, went to Fort Rucker, Alabama. Roy’s unit became a training unit as the Army chose individual soldiers to send to Korea as replacements. Roy was in Tokyo on Christmas Eve of that year. He joined up with Headquarters Battery, 2nd Division Artillery as the motor officer near Kum Wah and Chun Chon in the central part of Korea north of the 38th parallel. After the Korean War, Roy stayed in the National Guard rising to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4. His last assignment was working as a personnel technician for Headquarters State Area Command. After 40 years of dedicated service, Roy retired November 17, 1985.
Participating in organizations in a leadership capacity, Roy was involved in the American Legion, VFW, the Bohemian Lodge 147, and Moose Club. He was committed to the ND Veterans Cemetery in Mandan and served in the honor guard for many years.
Surviving Roy is his beloved wife, Ella (Hoger) of Bismarck; his five sons and daughters-in law, ElRoy and Jerilyn of Goodyear, AZ; Gary and Claudia of Bismarck; Vernon and Debra of Tucson, AZ; Leslie (Barney) and Janel of Dickinson; and Dan and Penny of Thompson, ND. He leaves nieces, Vlasta Hoesel of Billings, MT, Eileen Gerl of Mandan and nephew, Kenneth Slavik of Dickinson, ND. Roy also leaves his cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren: Kristin Tomanek, Michael Tomanek, Jason and Kimberley Tomanek, Jennifer and Dallas Scheet, Charles and Kristen Tomanek, Matthew and Bobbie Jo Tomanek, Andrew and Jodi Tomanek, Joe Tomanek, Steven Tomanek, and Danica Tomanek. His great grandchildren are Jonas, Hannah, Olivia, Jaxon, Scarlett, Evelynn, Ciara, Colton, Tayber, Landen, and Camden.
Preceding Roy in death are his parents, Joseph Sr. and Bessie Tomanek; sisters, Bessie and (Joe) Slavik, Mary and (Victor) Huncovsky; brothers, Bennie and (Mary) Tomanek, Joe and (Stella) Tomanek, Otto and (Mary) Tomanek, and an infant brother, Henry. Also preceding Roy in death is a nephew, Larry Tomanek and Larry’s son, Scott Tomanek.
Memorials are preferred to First Lutheran Church, Mandan, the ND Veterans Cemetery, or charity of your choice.